hillsbro 71 i was ten could of slite my wrists, ask any stokie that was there that day the desolation was unbelievable, I have f------ hated arseoles ever since, my dad went to his grave in 2005 never forgave them and would of linched storey if he'd ever met him, my dad was a mild man honest hardworking family man but that shit turned his blood. The same outcome a year later depressing but at least we had the league cup.
Banks losing his eye
The roof blowing off, then losing greenhoff
Blythe spartans in the cup, that was the night in my eyes when our days of being a serious challenge in the top end of the game was over even thou we were in div 2 at that stage it hit me hard that night.
The other big occasion for me was when we lost 2 nil at home to Everton in I think 1985 in the fa cup they were a club going places we had no ambition, that was the day i stopped going all the time I'd had enough, whilst I still went plenty of matches and still do I would not go the games for the sake of going/saying I'd bin ever again.
Could be Cup Final but probably 1-0 defeat to Palace away I'm 02/03.,we were 6 clear of Brighton with 2 to play, hence 1 pt for safety, we played 1-9-0-1 and Crossley was superb but eventually lost 1-0. I went away from this game not believing we could beat Reading on final day and hence fate was in hands of Brighton losing to Grimsby, which they did in the end anyway.
A strange one for me, I've been to all the shite mentioned on here, and was around in 71&72 but i felt really, really gutted in 87 when we lost to Coventry in the cup, I thought we were getting back to the better times before that game, which we should have won.
Yep, FA Cup semi replay against The Arse at Villa park 1971. OK I'm an old'en now but we had The Arse beat at Hillsbro' to make history and get to the cup final, til the Ref from Middlesbro (Pat Partridge T**T) decided to add on 6 unecessary minutes to enable the Arse to get a pen. My Dad said to me "Its OK son Banksy will save it" It didn't work out and Arse were off the hook. So on to Villa for the replay, couldn't get a ticket with my dad so we were in different parts of the ground. Arse came out and stuffed us, knew we'ed missed our chance, and thats the only match I've ever walked out off early, and found the nearest Pub! The next year was better beating Chelsea at Wembley!! Settle for the Potters to stuff Spurs on Sunday.
probably the play off semi defeat to Stockport, think it was 92 and we seemed a good bet for auto promotion until a dodgy end to the season put paid to that...at least we had our revenge in the autoglass.
As if the result was not bad enough, the dickheads attacking the executive lounge and boxes, I had friends that were there and just because they were in a suit were being blamed for everything that was going wrong, when the real "villains" , not that I blame them, were in fact 1 tier higher...
Too many matches to mention. But the biggest gutted feeling to me was leaving the Vic. Still hurts now 16 years on and I still look forlornly at that big empty space off the a500
I still think we were stitched up a bit over the whole deal. St Modwen were on a win win situation to leave the site and build at sideway,they get the land, sell us the new plot. and yes, there were huge problems extending with the canal and river behind, but was not inconceivable to turn the whole place thru 90 degrees, and extend and redevelop towards A500.. Wolves did it at Mollineaux a few yrs ago..
Post by churnetvalleystokie on Nov 17, 2013 18:29:25 GMT
losing to leicester in the playoffs, i really believed we were premier league bound that year, i will never forgive graham potter's point blank header that he missed in the first leg!!!!took me weeks to get over.
Plenty of competition in 40 odd yearsof supporting. Some of the worst were not at games, Greenhoff being sold was something I could barely believe for weeks and hearing about Banks losing an eye changed my world. As for matches, the Blyth Spartans defeat showed just how far and fast we had fallen but the worst isn't heavy defeats or losing to pathetic opposition (they happen much too frequently) - its when once in a lifetime opportunities are missed and there's no realistic chance to put them right. That's why the posts from the older Stokies go on about 1971 & 72 semi finals -but the Bolton semi gave me a different perspective after all these years. So I'd go for Kenwyne Jones miss in the FA Cup Final - we played badly and didn't deserve a goal and Hart did well to block - but I knew then we'd never score, would certainly lose,whereas if that had gone in we would probably have sneaked the cup. We could be reflecting on that for a long time - when will we ever have a chance to win an FA Cup final again? - Obviously hope it happens but we go 39 years at least between major finals!
Being at Reading in 1991 when we lost and finished 13th in division 3,our lowest ever league position. Though strangely, there was still great hope that we could bounce back some how. However, the second half of 97-98 when it seemed that Everyman and his dog could turn up and beat us by four goals, hope genuinely seemed gone. But, as others have pointed out leaving the Victoria Ground was truly the lowest point. 1978-1997 I could count the home matches I missed on one hand. Brittania stadium onwards I just didn't enjoy it as much, and my support declines year by year.
Post by friendcalledfive on Mar 13, 2014 12:53:59 GMT
My first experience of relegation, listening to the radio in 77(?) as we lost to the Villa. Felt really numb. I'd started supporting the club three years earlier as a 10-year old, and thought we'd always be a top-five team.
After that, losing Macari and Stein within a couple of days of each other was a complete bastard. It had been my favourite time as a Stoke supporter and I idolised the pair of them. Nothing's ever seemed quite the same since then.
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Gills/Leicester/Walsall playoffs and fa cup final were all emotional hard times. Off the pitch: last game at the Vic, I remember crying cuz the steward took away the corner flag I was eyeing up. Attending Sir Stan's funeral and been in a church full of greats was sad, met him a few times and was such a gentleman, had plenty of time for people.