The Potteries derby is the football local derby in Stoke-on-Trent between Port Vale and Stoke City. The fans of each club both consider the other to be their main rivals; this has led to a heated atmosphere at these matches. The two teams have met a total of 185 times, consisting of: 44 English Football League, 6 FA Cup, 62 friendlies, and 73 other (mostly local) cup games.
Stoke-on-Trent is the least populous city to have two Football League clubs (the next smallest is Nottingham). Leeds, Leicester, Coventry, Hull, Bradford, and Cardiff are all larger cities that contain just one league club.
|Teams||Port Vale vs. Stoke City|
|First meeting||Stoke 1–0 Burslem Port Vale|
1887–88 FA Cup
2 December 1882
|Latest meeting||Stoke City 0–1 Port Vale|
2001–02 Second Division
10 February 2002
|Most wins||Stoke City (101)|
|Most player appearances||Tom Holford (28)|
|All-time series||Port Vale: 44|
|Largest victory||Stoke 4–0 Port Vale|
1930–31 Second Division
(26 September 1931)
Both clubs come from Stoke-on-Trent and are the only clubs from the city to have played in the football league. Port Vale are Burslem based and Stoke City traditionally are based in Stoke-upon-Trent. The city of Stoke-on-Trent was incorporated in 1910 (city status granted in 1925), therefore before this time the two clubs were based in separate towns and were local rivals rather than rivals within the same city. Despite this however, the Valiants did use The Old Recreation Ground as their home stadium, which was located in Hanley.
Port Vale tends to get support from the North of the city, notably Tunstall and Burslem. Stoke therefore tend to enjoy greater support in the remaining parts of the city.
The two clubs have long league histories, Stoke City were founded in 1863  and Port Vale were probably formed in 1876. In the early 20th century, both clubs spent time out of the Football League structure: from 1907 (for Vale) and 1908 (for Stoke) until 1919 – both had resigned due to financial troubles. Stoke were founder members of the football league in 1888 and Port Vale were founder members of both the Second Division in 1892 and the Fourth Division in 1958. City have tended to be the more successful club over the years, the most valued trophy going to Stoke in 1972 in the form of the League Cup. Although Vale did reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1954, Stoke bettered this with a second-place finish in 2011. Stoke have also tended to play in higher tiers of the football league throughout the clubs' history, although since 1919 the two clubs have found themselves in the same league for 22 seasons. Vale have had only five seasons playing at a higher level than City, and never in the top flight. Whilst competing in the same division, Vale have finished above Stoke on seven occasions. In every other year of the two club's Football League history Stoke have therefore have finished above Vale.
The first derby game was played at Westport Meadows on 2 December 1882, in the Second Round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup. Vale were complete unknowns, and so pulled off a surprise by managing a 1–1 with their more established rivals-to-be. No details of the match were recorded, though The Staffordshire Sentinel did mention the match along with the comment that it was "a spirited game". Stoke won the replay 5–1 at the Victoria Ground seven days later, with George Shutt bagging four of the goals. It took Vale seventeen attempts to register their first victory over Stoke, which they finally did in a friendly on 29 March 1890, winning 2–1.
The biggest attendance came on 6 January 1951, as a crowd of 49,500 packed into the Victoria Ground to witness the teams draw in an FA Cup First Round encounter. Three years later some 46,777 turned up at the ground when the pair met in the league. The biggest crowd for an encounter Vale Park came on 25 April 1955, when a crowd of 41,674 witnessed a Stoke victory.
Though the two clubs have been main rivals since as early as the 1880s, they have supported each other in times of need. Before regaining their Football League status in the early 20th century, the two clubs had a pact that meant Vale would not bid for membership, leaving Stoke more likely to succeed in their bid; Stoke would then support Vale in any future bids they made. During times of deep financial crisis at the Vale, Stoke played fund-raising matches with the Vale in order to try and prevent their rivals from going into liquidation. In turn, Vale allowed Stoke to play a home game at Vale Park when a freak gale in January 1976 caused severe damage to the Victoria Ground.
The most recent game resulted in a 1–0 away win for Port Vale, Stoke City's last win over Vale being seven derbies ago.
This list shows all competitive senior matches in the English Football League, the FA Cup, League Cup, and League Trophy. Matches from wartime competitions, friendlies, Staffordshire Senior Cup, and other minor cup competitions are not included.
Note that the league system was re-organized in 1992 with the creation of the Premier League and in 2004 with the league re-branding.
|Date||Competition||Stadium||Score||Port Vale Scorers||Stoke City Scorers||Att.|
|Stoke City promoted to First Division 2001–02|
|10 February 2002||Second Division||Britannia Stadium||Cummins||23,019|
|21 October 2001||Second Division||Vale Park||1–1||McPhee||Iwelumo||10,344|
|5 March 2001||LDV Trophy||Britannia Stadium||Cummins, Bridge-Wilkinson||Mohan||11,323|
|17 February 2001||Second Division||Britannia Stadium||1–1||Brammer||O'Connor||22,133|
|17 September 2000||Second Division||Vale Park||1–1||Bridge-Wilkinson||Lightbourne||8,948|
|Port Vale relegated to Second Division 1999–2000|
|Stoke City relegated to Second Division 1997–98|
|1 March 1998||First Division||Vale Park||0–0||||13,853|
|12 October 1997||First Division||Britannia Stadium||Naylor||Forsyth, Keen||20,125|
|20 April 1997||First Division||Victoria Ground||Sheron (2)||16,426|
|13 October 1996||First Division||Vale Park||1–1||Mills||Keen||14,396|
|12 March 1996||First Division||Vale Park||Bogie||16,737|
|27 August 1995||First Division||Victoria Ground||Bogie||14,283|
|22 April 1995||First Division||Victoria Ground||Foyle||20,429|
|14 March 1995||First Division||Vale Park||1–1||Naylor||Sandford||19,510|
|Port Vale promoted to First Division 1993–1994|
|Stoke City promoted to First Division 1992–1993|
|31 March 1993||Second Division||Vale Park||Stein, Gleghorn||20,373|
|3 March 1993||Autoglass Trophy||Victoria Ground||Van der Laan||22,254|
|24 November 1992||FA Cup First Round Replay||Vale Park||Foyle (2), Porter||Sandford||19,810|
|16 November 1992||FA Cup First Round||Victoria Ground||0–0||24,490|
|24 October 1992||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Kerr||Cranson, Stein||24,334|
|Port Vale relegated to Third Division 1991–92|
|Stoke City relegated to Third Division 1989–90|
|3 February 1990||Second Division||Vale Park||0–0||22,075|
|23 September 1989||Second Division||Victoria Ground||1–1||Earle||Palin||27,004|
|Port Vale promoted to Second Division 1988–89|
|Port Vale relegated to Third Division 1956–57|
|29 April 1957||Second Division||Vale Park||2–2||Cunliffe, Steele||Graver, King||22,395|
|10 October 1956||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Smith||Coleman (2), Kelly||39,446|
|31 March 1956||Second Division||Victoria Ground||1–1||Griffiths||Oscroft||37,928|
|8 October 1955||Second Division||Vale Park||Done||37,261|
|25 April 1955||Second Division||Vale Park||Bowyer||41,674|
|4 September 1954||Second Division||Victoria Ground||0–0||46,777|
|Port Vale promoted to Second Division 1953–54|
|8 January 1951||FA Cup First Round Replay||Victoria Ground||Bowyer||40,977|
|6 January 1951||FA Cup First Round||Victoria Ground||2–2||Bennett, Pinchbeck||Mullard (2)||49,500|
|Stoke City promoted to First Division 1932–33|
|4 March 1933||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||McGrath||Johnson, Ware, Matthews||19,625|
|22 October 1932||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Johnson||29,296|
|6 February 1932||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Marshall (2), Henshall||21,089|
|26 September 1931||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Sale, Bussey (3)||28,292|
|18 April 1931||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||0–0||13,403|
|13 December 1930||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Robertson||26,609|
|Port Vale promoted to Second Division 1929–30|
|Port Vale relegated to Third Division North 1928–29|
|26 January 1929||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Mandley||Shirley (2)||18,869|
|15 September 1928||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Griffiths||Davies, Bussey||35,288|
|17 March 1928||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||0–0||21,071|
|5 November 1927||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Anstiss, Kirkham||31,493|
|Stoke City promoted to Second Division 1926–27|
|Stoke City relegated to Third Division North 1925–26|
|7 September 1925||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Kirkham (3)||21,869|
|31 August 1925||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Kirkham (2 [1 pen]), Strange||19,997|
|24 January 1925||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Kirkham, Tempest||17,936|
|20 September 1924||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Connelly||22,747|
|13 October 1923||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Page, Butler||J Broad (2), Eyres (2)||16,800|
|6 October 1923||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Clarke||21,685|
|Stoke relegated to Second Division 1922–23|
|Stoke promoted to First Division 1921–22|
|7 January 1922||FA Cup First Round||The Old Recreation Ground||Page, Brough||Watkin (3), Tempest||14,471|
|1 October 1921||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||J Broad||20,000|
|24 September 1921||Second Division||Victoria Ground||0–0||30,000|
|2 October 1920||Second Division||Victoria Ground||Blood||26,500|
|25 September 1920||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Page, Briscoe||McColl||20,000|
|13 March 1920||Second Division||Victoria Ground||0–0||27,000|
|6 March 1920||Second Division||The Old Recreation Ground||Whittingham, Brown, Watkin||22,697|
|Port Vale and Stoke City re-admitted to the Football League 1919–20|
|15 October 1887||FA Cup First Round||Victoria Ground||Lawton|
As of 12 January 2009
|Football League Trophy|
|Friendlies & minor cups|
These are the major footballing honours of Port Vale and Stoke City.
|Competition||Port Vale||Stoke City|
|Second Division / Football League Championship (2nd tier)||0||2|
|Third Division / Third Division North / League One (3rd tier)||2||2|
|Fourth Division / League Two (4th tier)||1||0|
|Football League Cup||0||1|
|Football League Trophy||2||2|
The player with the most appearances in derby games is Tom Holford, who played nine times in Stoke colours and nineteen times in Vale colours between 1899 and 1922. Dickie Smith played 24 appearances in Stoke colours, whilst Billy Briscoe turned out 22 times for the Valiants. The player with most appearances in the derby following World War II is John McCue, who played seventeen times for the Potters, followed by Vale's Roy Sproson with fifteen derby appearances.
In terms of goals scored the record-holder is Bob Whittingham, who knocked thirteen goals in for Stoke between 1917 and 1920, though only one of these came in a Football League encounter. The most successful scorer in Vale colours has been Wilf Kirkham with seven goals, though he also scored once whilst playing on Stoke's side – all Kirkham's goals came in the English Football League.
Players in bold transferred directly between the clubs, or were released by one and then signed for the other. John Lumsdon is the last player to have joined Port Vale on loan from Stoke City, having made the move in March 1978.
Both the Potteries clubs also share a rivalry with Crewe Alexandra. Players highlighted in pink have turned out for all three clubs.
|Player||Port Vale career||Stoke City career|
|Leigh Richmond Roose||1910||0||0||1901–1904
Those in bold were actually full-time managers at both clubs.
|Manager||Port Vale career||Stoke City career|
The following are the association football events of the year 1877 throughout the world.1919–20 Stoke F.C. season
The 1919–20 season was Stoke's 20th season in the Football League and the second in the Second Division.
With the country back to normal after the hostilities in Europe, a full league programme was restored for the 1919–20 season and Stoke were able to take their place back in the Football League since 1908. Stoke had an up and down season as they went on runs of victories and then runs of defeats and unsurprisingly finished in a mid table position of 10th. The 1919–20 season also saw the Potteries derby become a league fixture as local club Port Vale were elected into the football league due to the expulsion of Leeds City. Stoke won the first league meeting between the two clubs 3–0 at Vale's Old Recreation Ground.1992–93 Port Vale F.C. season
The 1992–93 season was Port Vale's 81st season of football in the Football League, and fourth successive (36th overall) season in the Second Division. John Rudge found new stars by bringing both Ian Taylor and Paul Musselwhite to the club at a combined fee of just £40,000. His team won the pre-season TNT Tournament, and also won the Football League Trophy. In the league Vale reached third place, four points off their rivals Stoke City, who lifted the title. They reached the play-off final, but lost out 3–0 to West Bromwich Albion. They left the FA Cup and the League Cup at the Third Round and First Round stages respectively. They played five Potteries derby games, winning the League Trophy clash and the FA Cup clash after a replay, but losing both encounters in the league.Aynsley China
Aynsley China Ltd. was a British manufacturer of bone china tableware, giftware and commemorative items.Canditv
Canditv (candy-TV) is software developed by Data Driven Logistics, based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in the UK.Churchill China
Churchill China PLC is a British pottery manufacturer based in Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom.Dresden, Staffordshire
Dresden is a southern district of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, on Trentham Road (A5035) south of Longton.
The district was developed in the 1850s by a housing society in an area formerly called Spratslade.Dresden United F.C.
Dresden United Football Club was a football club based in the Dresden area of Stoke-on-Trent who were active at the end of the nineteenth century.Hanley Economic Building Society
The Hanley Economic Building Society is a UK building society, which has its head office in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. It is the 26th largest in the United Kingdom based on total assets of £426 million as at 31 August 2018. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.
Founded in 1854, The Staffordshire Potteries Economic Permanent Benefit Building Society, was the Society's original title. It was in 1930 when the name was shortened to Hanley Economic Building Society.Heron Cross
Heron Cross is a suburb situated between Blurton and Fenton, in Stoke on Trent. It has a pharmacy, two corner shops, two pubs, two hairdressers, a school, a park and a pot bank. It has two main streets, Grove Road and Heron Street.
Heron Cross is a home to about 1,000 people.
The school, Heron Cross Primary School is a primary school for people aged 3/4 to 10/11 (nursery to y6). Mrs Shenton is the current headteacher. Her time there extends from September 2008 to the present.James Mansergh
James Mansergh FRS (29 Apr 1834 – 15 Jun 1905) was an English civil engineer.
Mansergh was born in Lancaster. He started his career in railway work and then designed many sewerage schemes and fresh water schemes.
His most famous projects were:
Elan Valley Dam and Elan aqueduct for Birmingham Corporation Water Department, England (water supply).
Hury Reservoir for Stockton and Middlesbrough, England (water supply).
Abbeystead Dam, one of the first stone-faced concrete dams.
Werribee sewage works and farm for Melbourne, Australia.
Claymills Pumping Station for Burton upon Trent, England (sewage disposal).
Laid out parts of Ramsey, Isle of Man (drainage).He was became a member of the council of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1884, vice-president in 1895 and was elected to the chair of the institution from November 1900 to November 1901.He became the elected chairman of the Engineering Standards Committee, when it was formed in 1901 from a combination of organizations, which later became the British Standards Institution. He served as High Sheriff of Radnorshire for 1901.He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1901. His candidature citation read:
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Author of 'Lectures on Water Supply, Prospecting for Water, Prospecting and Boring' delivered at the School of Military Engineering, Chatham, also of 'The Supply of Water to Towns,' and other works. The designer of the waterworks and sewerage of Lancaster, Lincoln, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Rotherham, Southport, Burton-on-Trent, Melbourne (Australia), Birmingham, and many other towns. These designs include some of the largest schemes of water supply, sewerage or sewage disposal for Halifax, Herford, St Helens, Darlington, Whitby, the Potteries, Derby, Southampton, Durham, Shrewsbury, Malvern, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Plymouth, York, Antigua, Philadelphia (US), and other places. Was a member of the Royal Commission on Metropolitan Water Supply. Eminent as a hydraulic engineer.
In March 1903 he received the honorary freedom of his native town of Lancaster
He died at 51 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London and was buried in Hampstead Cemetery.James Sadler and Sons Ltd
James Sadler and Sons Ltd was a pottery manufacturer founded in 1882 by James Sadler in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom.Lobby (food)
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The Old Recreation Ground was a football stadium, located in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent and home to Port Vale for almost 40 years. The Rec had been Vale's home between 1913 and 1950 and was the sixth ground the club used.Port Vale F.C.
Port Vale Football Club is a professional association football club based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Port Vale is one of the few English league clubs not to be named after a geographical location, their name being a reference to the valley of ports on the Trent and Mersey Canal. They have never played top-flight football, and hold the records for the most seasons in the English Football League (108) and in the second tier (41) without reaching the first tier. After playing at the Athletic Ground in Cobridge and The Old Recreation Ground in Hanley, the club returned to Burslem when Vale Park was opened in 1950. Outside the ground is a statue to Roy Sproson, who played 842 competitive games for the club. The club's traditional rivals are Stoke City, and games between the two are known as the Potteries derby.
After becoming one of the more prominent football clubs in Staffordshire, Burslem Port Vale were invited to become founder members of the Football League Second Division in 1892. They spent 13 non-consecutive seasons in the division, punctuated by two seasons in the Midland League, before they resigned due to financial difficulties and entered liquidation in 1907. The name of Port Vale continued in the North Staffordshire Federation League, and this new club were successful enough to be reinstated into the Football League in October 1919. They spent 16 non-consecutive seasons in the Second Division, punctuated by them winning the Third Division North title in 1929–30, before dropping back into the third tier for a much longer stay at the end of the 1935–36 campaign. The 1953–54 season saw manager Freddie Steele's "Iron Curtain" defence win both a Third Division North title and a semi-final place in the FA Cup. They failed to build on this success however, though went on to finish as champions of the first ever Fourth Division season under Norman Low's stewardship in 1958–59.
The club had little success throughout the 1960s and 1970s, despite being briefly managed by Stanley Matthews, and in fact were forced to apply for re-election after breaking FA rules on illegal payments in 1968. Gordon Lee guided the club to promotion back to the Third Division the following season, where they would remain until relegation at the end of the 1977–78 campaign. John McGrath steered the club to promotion in 1982–83, though he departed after relegation became inevitable the following season. His assistant, John Rudge, stepped up to become the club's longest-serving and most successful manager, leading the club from 1983 to 1999. Under his leadership Port Vale won promotions in 1985–86, 1988–89 and 1993–94, lifted the League Trophy in 1993 and reached a post-war record finish of eighth in the second tier in the 1996–97 season.
After Rudge's reign ended the club entered a decline, slipping into the fourth tier whilst twice entering administration in 2003 and 2012. The decline was arrested when Norman Smurthwaite brought the club out of administration in 2012 and manager Micky Adams achieved automatic promotion from League Two in the 2012–13 season, though they were relegated back into League Two at the end of the 2016–17 season after a failed experiment with a continental staff and playing style.Stoke City F.C.
Stoke City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1860s the club changed its name to Stoke in 1878 and then to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status. Stoke were one of the twelve founding members of founding member of the Football League in 1888. The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of English football.
Their first, and to date only, major trophy, the League Cup was won in 1972, when the team beat Chelsea 2–1. The club's highest league finish in the top division is fourth, which was achieved in the 1935–36 and 1946–47 seasons. Stoke played in the FA Cup Final in 2011, finishing runners-up to Manchester City and have reached three FA Cup semi-finals; in 1899 then consecutively in 1971 and 1972. Stoke have competed in European football on three occasions, firstly in 1972–73 then in 1974–75 and most recently in 2011–12. The club has won the Football League Trophy twice, in 1992 and in 2000.
Stoke's home ground is the 30,089 all-seater, bet365 Stadium. Before the stadium was opened in 1997, the club was based at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878. The club's nickname is 'The Potters', named after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent and their traditional home kit is a red and white vertically striped shirt, white shorts and stockings. Stoke's traditional rivals are Midlands clubs West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers whilst their local rivals are Port Vale with whom they contest the Potteries derby.Stoke Spitfires
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