5 Things You Didn’t Know About Stoke City FC

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Stoke City FC

Stoke City Football Club is arguably the most beloved sports team in The Potteries - but how much do you know about them?

Whether you're a hardened Stoke follower or a curious footie fan, these lesser known facts are sure to impress...

One. In the 1880s, Stoke City had a vicar playing in midfield. Father Elijah Smith donned his boots and stripes to play 12 away league games but unfortunately, he lost 11 of them. We hope he didn't give up the day job.

Two. Once, Arsene Wenger was spotted pacing across the pitch of The Britannia before an Arsenal vs Stoke match to check that it was legal. It was, of course.

Three. Stoke City are responsible for the birth of the penalty kick. During a clash against Notts County in 1891, defender Jack Hendry punched away a shot that was heading for goal. Instead of a free kick, the ref thought it would be fairer for a clear kick to be taken inside the box.

Four. During the 1920s, star Stoke player Harry Sellars had his false teeth stolen by a rat before an away game against Middlesbrough. He woke up in his hotel room to see the rat scurrying away with his dentures, but amazingly, when Stoke returned to the same hotel two years later, he was presented with his teeth. Hopefully, the hotel disinfected them first.

Five. Founded in 1863, Stoke City is the oldest football club in the Premier League and is thought to be the second oldest professional football club in the world - after Notts County. Pretty amazing to say the least.

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