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Stoke City betting odds are always popular to bet on. Stoke were a midtable Premier League side for a number of years, but Stoke City relegation odds were still appealing to some bettors looking for a shock drop, and they were rewarded at the end of the 2017/2018 season.

Equally, other Stoke City Championship can be enticing. Odds on Stoke to finish top ten could be worth value, or odds on Stoke to win the FA Cup.

With Stoke’s reputation for sacking managers still apparent, next Stoke City manager odds can be quite appealing, particularly if the current incumbent isn’t doing well.


Stoke City Football Club are an English professional football team based in Staffordshire. They are currently a member of the Championship.  One of the founding members of the Football League, Stoke City is also the second oldest professional football club in the world.

Stoke City history begins in 1863. Students from the Charterhouse School founded a football team and named it Stoke Ramblers. The first recorded Stoke Ramblers match was played in 1868. The club’s founder Harry Arnold captained the side and scored the first ever goal in the club’s history.

The Victoria Cricket Ground was the first home of the Stoke Ramblers, but as the team garnered interest from the local area, a larger stadium was required. The club moved to Sweetings Field in 1875.

Stoke Ramblers then merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club, and this new side became Stoke F.C. Stoke moved to the Victoria Ground, and soon after dropped their amateur title and became a professional club.

Stoke became founder members of the Football League in 1888. However, Stoke struggled and finished bottom of the league in their first two seasons. At that time, a club had to apply to be re-elected to the Football League if they finished bottom. Stoke’s first application was successful but in 1890 their application failed, and the club moved to the Football Alliance.

Stoke won the Football Alliance title, and with that they were re-elected back into the Football League fold. Stoke settled in much better and spent 15 years in the Football League, now called the First Division.

However, Stoke were relegated in 1907, and then the club went bankrupt. It joined the non-league divisions, and after the First World War, Stoke became members of the Football League Second Division.

In 1919, the club bought the Victoria Ground. This enabled the club to rebuild and expand parts of the stadium, which resulted in an increased capacity of 50,000.

Stoke changed its name for the last time in 1928. The city of Stoke-on-Trent had been award city status, and so the football club adopted this title and became known as Stoke City F.C.

As the club entered the 1930’s, Stanley Matthews made his debut. Matthews went on to be a legend for club and country, and is one of the most talented footballers to ever play the game.

The 1932/1933 season saw the club win the Second Division title, and with it promotion back to the top flight. 

The club remained in the First Division for 13 seasons. During this period of time, Stoke came close to a First Division title, but they narrowly missed out to Liverpool.

During the 1946/1947 season, Stoke hero Stanley Matthews left the club. This affected the club deeply, and they began to slide down the First Division table. Following a 19th place and a 20th place finishes around the turn of the decade, Hull resisted relegation no longer and returned to the Second Division in 1953.

It wasn’t until the club’s tenth consecutive season in the Second Division that the club looked like finding a way back to the top division. During this time, Frank Taylor was sacked as manager and Tony Waddington took his place.

Tony Waddington wooed Stanley Matthews back to the club, and in the 1962/1963 season Stoke finally gained promotion. This led to another 14 years in the First Division, during which time the club won its first ever trophy, the League Cup. Stoke beat Chelsea in the Final 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

In 1976, more financial woes hit the club. A freak storm had torn down the roof of the Butler Street Stand. With a hefty bill to replace hit, Stoke had to sell some of their players to cover the cost.

This dismantling of the side led to another relegation in the 1976/1977 season. However, a two seasons in the Second Division, the club won another promotion and returned to top flight football.

Waddington left his job in 1977. Over the next ten years, five managers were given the sack. With insecurity behind the scenes, Stoke suffered another relegation in 1984/1985 season.

Thing were to become worse for Stoke. Alan Ball became manager halfway through the 1989/1990 season, but Ball couldn’t prevent a relegation to Division Three.

He left the club the following season with the team performing badly. Lou Macari took over, and Stoke began to move up the table. A Football League Trophy win was trumped the following season, when the club earned promotion back to the second tier. It seemed like success was going to come to Stoke City’s way.

However, Macari left the club and Joe Jordan took over the managerial reins. Jordan, though, lasted for just one season and Lou Macari was reappointed. Stoke reached the play-offs the following season, but lost out in the semi-finals. At the end of the season, Macari left the club for a second time, his final game coinciding with Stoke’s last ever game at Victoria Park.

After 119 years at the Victoria Ground, Stoke started the 1997/1998 campaign in their new home, the Britannia Stadium. However, life in their new ground didn’t run smoothly and after three changes of manager, the club were relegated back to the third tier, now called Division Two.

Brian Little took the Stoke manager job, but lasted for a single season. Gary Megson became manager, but after a successful takeover by Stoke Holding, a consortium of Icelandic businessmen who bought 66% of Stoke City shares, Megson left and was replaced by Stoke’s first ever foreign manager, Gudjon Thordarson. 

Thordarson’s first achievement was to win the Football League trophy in 2000. Success continued with the club achieving promotion via the play-offs in 2002. Despite promotion success, Thordarson was sacked by Gunnar Gislason, then the chairman of Stoke City.

More managerial merry-go-rounds hit Stoke. Thordarson’s replacement, Steve Cotterill, lasted only four months. Tony Pulis was then appointed and appeared to be doing well with the club, but following disagreements with the board Pulis left at the end of the 2004/2005 season.

Johan Boskamp was given the manager’s job, but at the end of the following season he left too. Peter Coates had launched a takeover bid to buy the club and in the summer of 2006 his takeover bid was successful.

Peter Coates’ first job was to find a new manager, and he brought back Tony Pulis. In the 2007/2008 season, Stoke won automatic promotion and they became a Premier League side for the first time.

Since this promotion, Stoke haven’t been relegated, leading to nine successive seasons in the Premier League.

Stoke have never finished higher than ninth in the Premier League, but the 2010/2011 season saw them reach the FA Cup Final. They were defeated by Manchester City, but with City qualifying for a Champions League spot through their league position, Stoke were given their place in the Europa League.

Stoke progressed through the group stage, finishing second in a group featuring Besiktas, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dynamo Kyiv. However, they were knocked out at the next stage by Valencia.

Stoke had established themselves in the Premier League, consolidating their place in the top division, but they were not setting any fireworks. Pulis was coming under fire from his own fans for what they saw as negative football and in 2013 Pulis left the club. He was replaced by Mark Hughes, a manager who had gained a reputation for playing attacking football. The following three seasons saw Stoke finish ninth in three consecutive campaigns.

Since Pulis moved on to pastures new, Stoke have employed four different managers. None could achieve what the Stoke fans wanted - in fact, the opposite occurred. In the 2017/2018 campaign, Stoke suffered relegation to the Championship.


The first Stoke City FC crest was an ‘S’ shape that was embroidered onto the Stoke City shirts before every match. 

In 1955, a new Stoke City crest was used as the club adopted the shield used in the Stoke-on-Trent coat of arms.
1977 became the first year Stoke used an actual badge on their kits. This new design featured a Stafford knot, a kiln and red and white stripes encased in a shield shape with SCFC printed at the top. 

This Stoke City badge was altered slightly in 1989, with the colours of the SCFC initials changing from gold to white.

In 1992, the Stoke-on-Trent coat of arms was reintroduced, with the club adding its name above the shield.

In 2001, a new crest was created. Still featuring a shield shape, the coat of arms was gone and replaced with red and white stripes and featuring the club name at the top, 1863, the year of formation underneath and at the bottom of the badge the nickname for the club ‘The Potters’ is printed.


The Stoke City kit is famous for its red and white stripes. However, it wasn’t until the 1919 season that red and white stripes became used consistently.

From 1883, the club had worn red and white striped shirts. However, so did Sunderland and Football League rules stated that only one club could wear a particular style of kit and so Stoke had to change. When Stoke were relegated and moved to the Football Alliance they went back to their red and white stripes, and by the time they had been re-elected, the rule had been shelved.

Stoke City kit history starts with a red and blue hooped shirt, worn with white shorts and red and blue hooped socks in the late 1860’s. In the 1870’s, the red and blue hoops were changed for black and blue hoops, worn with white shorts and black socks, and this kit was worn until 1908 when the club changed to what we know now as traditional Stoke City colours.

Because of the Football League rules, Stoke were unable to wear their red and white stripes for a period of time. Stoke then changed their shirts to black and yellow stripes, with black shorts and black socks; red and blue stripes with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks; a maroon coloured shirt with white shorts and white socks; and a white shirt worn with black shorts and black socks.

In 1919, the club went back to their red and white striped shirts with white shorts and red socks. Black socks were worn between 1922 and 1945, before the sock colour changed back to red. 

Since then, the socks colours have changed from white to red to a mixture of the two. From 2003 to the current day, white socks with a red trim have been worn.

Stoke City Stadium

The Stoke City stadium is called the Britannia Stadium, also known as the bet365 Stadium for sponsorship reasons.

Stoke moved to the ground in 1997, following 113 years at the Victoria Ground. The new Stoke City stadium location is Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent.

The bet365 Stadium has a capacity of 27,902, an average size for a current Premier League ground.

Stoke started off their football existence playing at the Victoria Cricket Ground. The club then moved to Sweetings Field, with more fans wanting to come and watch Stoke play a new ground to cater for everyone was an absolute necessity.

Stoke Ramblers and the Stoke Victoria Cricket Club merged and formed Stoke F.C. They moved into the Victoria Ground in 1878.


Stoke City supporters traditionally hail from Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas. However, there are many branches of the Stoke City Supporters Club in all areas the globe.

The bet365 stadium is usually at capacity for home games, and Stoke also have a good size away following.

The most commonly sung song at the bet365 stadium is a version of ‘Delilah’. Fans of other clubs have adopted the melody to this song, but Stoke fans sing the original song, save for some slight changes to the lyrics.

The official club anthem is ‘We’ll Be With You’, recorded by the Stoke players before the 1972 League Cup Final.

Stoke City fans enjoy rivalries with Wolves and West Brom. Stoke’s local derby is against Port Vale for the Potteries derby, but the two teams haven’t met since 2002.


Peter Coates is the current chairman and owner of Stoke City F.C. Coates successfully launched a takeover bid in 2006, and bought the club from Gunnar Gislason and Stoke Holding.

Stoke Holding had purchased the club in 1999, with Stoke becoming the first club away from Iceland to be owned by an Icelandic company. 


Eric Skeels leads the all-time Stoke City appearances list. Skeels made 597 appearances for the club from 1959 to 1976. Only two other Stoke players have made over 500 appearances, not including war-time football. The first is John McCue, who played 542 times for Stoke between 1946 and 1960. The second is Bob McGrory, who played in 511 games for the club from 1921 to 1935.

Ricardo Fuller holds the record for most substitute appearances for Stoke. Fuller came off the bench 71 times between 2006 and 2012.

John Ritchie is Stoke’s all-time leading goalscorer. Ritchie scored 176 goals for the club from 1963 to 1975.

The highest transfer fee Stoke have paid for a player is £18.3 million. This was paid to Porto for the services of Giannelli Imbula in 2016

The highest transfer fee Stoke have received is £20 million. West Ham United paid this price in 2017 for Marko Arnautovic.

Stoke played their first match at Victoria Ground in 1878, where they beat Talke Rangers 2-1. Stoke’s first Football League match cam in 1888, in which they were beaten 2-0 by West Bromwich Albion.

Stoke’s first ever match in Europe came in 1972. They played Kaiserslautern, and beat the German side 3-1.

The first match at the Britannia Stadium was a League Cup First Round second leg game in August 1997. Stoke played Rochdale and drew 1-1.

Stoke’s first league match at the Britannia Stadium ended in defeat. The club were beaten by Swindon Town 2-1 in Division One in 1997.

Stoke’s first match in the Premier League also ended in defeat. They played Bolton Wanderers in 2008 and lost 3-1.

Stoke City’s record league win came in 1937 when they beat rivals West Bromwich Albion 10-3 in the First Division.

Stoke’s highest win ever came in the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1877, where they beat Mow Cop 26-0.

Stoke beat Liverpool 6-1 in 2015 to record their highest ever Premier League win. Their heaviest defeat in the Premier League came at the hands of Chelsea who beat them 7-0 in 2010.

The highest attendance at the bet365 Stadium came in 2018 when 30,22 spectators watch Stoke take on Everton in the Premier League.

Stoke City Players

The Stoke City players list contains a mixture of established international players and up and coming youngsters. The Stoke City players 2018 squad consist of 28 first team members.

The current Stoke City Player of the Year is goalkeeper Joe Allen.

14 Stoke City players have been named in the PFA Team of the Year at least once. These players are Peter Shilton, Alan Hudson, Mike Doyle, Howard Kendall, Keith Bertschin, Lee Dixon, Wayne Biggins, Vince Overson, Mark Stein, Mike Sheron, Graham Kavanagh, Ryan Shawcross, Ricardo Fuller and Liam Lawrence.

There are also four former Stoke City players who have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. These are Peter Shilton, Stanley Matthews, Geoff Hurst and Gordon Banks.

Stoke City Manager

The current Stoke City manager is Gary Rowett. Rowett took over at the start of the 2018/2019 campaign..

The list of former Stoke City FC managers includes Lou Macari, Mick Mills and Tony Waddington. 

The man who has managed the club more times than any other Stoke City manager is Tony Waddington. Waddington managed the club for 764 games from 1960 to 1977.

The manager with the highest win percentage of all time at Stoke is Peter Hodge, who had a win percentage of 70% as he led his club to victory in 21 of his 30 games in charge in the 1914/1915 season.

Alfred Barker gained a win percentage of 50.78, winning 130 of his 256 matches in charge from 1908 to 1914.

Gudjon Thordarson also has a win percentage of exactly 50%. Thordarson won 77 of his 154 matches in charge of Stoke City from 1999 to 2002.


Stoke City have only won one major trophy. That came in the form of the League Cup in 1972.

Other honours the club has achieved are FA Cup runners-up (2010/2011);  League Cup runners-up (1963/1964); and two Football League Trophy titles (1991/1992 and 1999/2000)


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