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Stoke City Football Club was founded in 1863, originally as Stoke Ramblers F.C. The club has played in the Premier League since they first gained promotion in the 2007-08 season.

 

The club’s colours are red and white. Traditionally, the club’s home kit features red and white vertical stripes. Stoke’s crest displays these stripes, with the club’s nickname, the Potters, written underneath.

 

Stoke play their home football at the Britannia Stadium, which has a capacity of 27,740. The stadium has been Stoke’s home since 1997.

 

Under the management of Tony Pulis, Stoke gained a notorious reputation of being overly physical and playing unattractive football. However, the Britannia stadium remained a difficult ground to visit for any Premier League side. Pulis became the first manager in the club’s history to lead Stoke to an FA Cup final, where they finished as runners-up. Pulis left the club in May 2013 and was replaced by Mark Hughes. The club’s highest placed finish in the Premier League is 9th. The club has achieved this twice, in the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 seasons. Notable former managers of the club include Lou Macari, Chris Kamara, Gary Megson and Steve Cotterill.

 

Eric Skeels has the most appearances for the club, with 592. The club’s all-time leading goalscorer is John Ritchie. Ritchie scored 176 goals in 347 appearances for the Potters. Other notable players to have played for the club include Robert Huth, James Beattie, Abdoulaye Faye, Tuncay Sanli and Jermaine Pennant. Ben Foster, Karl Henry and Kris Commons were graduates of the club’s academy. Peter crouch is the club’s record signing; he was bought for £10 million in 2011 from Tottenham Hotspur.

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