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11 Facts About Stoke City That Stoke Fans Already Know

Here are 11 facts about Stoke City that Stoke fans already know

1. Founded in 1863, Stoke is the oldest club in the Premier League, and is considered to be the second oldest professional football club in the world - after Notts County.

2. Prior to the promotion to the Premier League in 2008, Stoke had not participated in top flight football for twenty-three years.

3. The club's highest League finish in the top divisions is 4th, which they achieved in both the 1935 - 36 and 1946 - 47 seasons.

4. The record for the most appearances in total (League & Cup) for Stoke City is held by Eric Skeels - with 592 games between 1959–76.

5. John Ritchie is the club's all time leading goalscorer - with 171 goals between 1963-75.

6. The most capped player to have played for the club is goalkeeper Gordon Banks - with 73 caps for England.

7. The club's nickname is The Potters, named after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent.

8. Stoke's first ever goalscorer in The Premier League was Ricardo Fuller
- versus against Bolton Wanderers in August 2008, (although Stoke actually lost the match 3-1).

9. The BBC once described Stoke City as having 'one of the most active and organised football hooligan firms in England'.

10. Stoke played in their first FA Cup Final in 2011, finishing runners-up to Manchester City. In their history, they have also reached three FA Cup semi-finals - in 1899, 1971 and 1972.

11. Stoke paid £8m in August 2010 for Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland  - which is the record inward transfer fee paid to date in the club's history.

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