9 Facts About Stoke City

1. In 1908, Stoke City lost their League status and were able to finally revert to red and white and when they re-joined the league in 1919 the rule was scrapped.

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2. Stoke City have an affiliation with Major League Soccer club Orlando City which was founded by former director Phil Rawlins.

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3. In November 2008, a group of Stoke City fans were forced by the Greater Manchester Police to leave Manchester before a league match against Manchester United.

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4. Stoke City were to stay at Sweetings Field until a merger with the Stoke Victoria Cricket Club in March 1878, when Stoke moved to the Victoria Ground.

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5. Stoke City was replaced by Paul Lambert, who could not prevent the club from ending its 10-year spell in the Premier League.

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6. Stoke City made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1972, defeating York City, Arsenal and Manchester City before losing out to eventual winners Chelsea.

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7. Stoke City managed to turn the Britannia Stadium into a "fortress", making it difficult for teams to pick up points there.

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8. Stoke City became the first Icelandic-owned football club outside of Iceland.

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9. Stoke City were one of the twelve founding members of the Football League when it was introduced in 1888.

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