Gillingham away, knowing we'd be faced with more time in the hell of division 3. It can be a laff though, during the 17 point season I went to a lot of games where the chant would regularly go up 'we're not bothered anymore'.
Relegation at Villa in the 76/77 season Gillingham and Walsall play offs Forest 6-0 defeat Man City relegation match and Oxford away same season and for the worst i have ever felt in a ground was at Chelsea last season.
Stoke Wycombe 1999 under Brian Little, I think it was the first game in the third tier when we knew we couldn't get into the Play-offs. I think the attendance was knocking around the 6-7k and it was a league game!
Without doubt the 7-0 drubbing by Birmingham having to go back to my local after the match and face my Brummie mates, but to take the heat off me took off my Stoke top to reveal my sons Villa top underneath which I had nipped home to put on to take some of the heat off by getting all my Villa mates on my side
tell ya what i'm glad my first proper season was 98/99 cus i probably wud of killed my self if it was the year before but my worst was when we lost against vale @home 1-0 after an easy throw in BAD DAY
January 1989 - I think Away to Ipswich. I was 18 Just passed my driving test and had just bought a Renault 14. A mate was supposed to come with me but rang me on the Saturday morning to say he wasn't well (pissed the night before) so wouldn't be coming with me. I set off with my road Atlas and after the most god awful journey found the ground and parked outside someones house.
We lost 5 - 1 and Sergei Balchatta became the first Russian to score in England. Bertschin scored for us.
Got outside and I had a parking ticket. Then ended up in Ipswich town centre in a massive traffic jam. Stalled the engine which then wouldn't start. Found out later that the starter motor was fooked.
Eventually got a push start and got out of town.
It was very dark and I ended up in St. Neotts needing petrol.
I filled up and went to pay. When I got to the till what I thought was a £10 note in my pocket was actually a £5 note!
A kind motorist felt sorry for me and paid the difference. I got his name and address and sent him the money a few days later.
I forgot that my engine wouldn't re-start if I switched it off. so I asked a few people for a push start.
It was cold, dark and very windy. As they were pushing me off the forecourt a gust of wind blew the door back and it hit a wall and made a real mess of the door and wing. I had only had the car a week.
The car wouldn't start even with a push.
I then rang my Mum who went completely nuts. She thought I was at my Nan's house!
She then rang the AA, and although I was not a member or had any money, and she told them they had better go out and get me started or I could have been abducted or murdered!
Sure enough a rather confused AA man came out to me and said something about my Mother and the words 'abducted' and 'murdered' were also mentioned.
He got me going and told me not to stop until I got home to Stone.
I got back at about 1.00am and I have never felt so mentally exhausted in my hole life.
My Mum went even more nuts the next morning when she saw the door and the wing all crumpled and my neighbour tried hard not to laugh when i told him my story and also the scoreline!
One that has not been mentioned, but which DaveF alluded to, the 2-1 defeat to Cardiff at home in the Playoff semis. I felt that we had been outclassed and had been lucky to keep the score within 1 goal. It just seemed that there would be no way we could turn it around at Ninny Park, the icelanders were running out of money and we were destined to be in the 3rd tier (or worse) forever.
BTW WELCOME to new supporter (and new poster) MacDanger. I know you've only got 7 games under your belt, but enjoy the feeling of having a 2-0 loss to Manchester United as your lowest moment supporting Stoke .... long may that moment live as your all time low!
This game has got to be close... certainly in the All-Time Lowest Five !
If we are doing top five how about this.. 1- Wigan away 1991,a day when i honestly believed relegation to division 4 was on the horizion. 2-Stoke 0 Birmingham 7 3-Stoke 0 Chester 1, 1991/92 season.We blew automatic promotion with only one more game to play. 4-Stoke 1 Stockport 1,play offs 1991/92.Beaten in the play-offs despite automatic looking likely a few weeks earlier. 5- The 1984/85 season.Ian Painter 's penalty summed our season up in the last game against Coventry.We had a chance to bring them down with us.
Still wouldn't want to follow any other club though.
Post by Ron Burgundy on Sept 29, 2009 20:14:25 GMT
1. Any defeat to Vale. 2. The string of home defeats under Brian Little, when we not only lost but were hammered on a regular basis. I remember a night match against Reading when I missed the first half due to work commitments- 0-0 at HT, Reading scored four in the second without reply. Then the Bristol Rovers 1-4 defeat when someone clumped Kyle Lightbourne. 3. The Walsall play-off defeat. Abysmal. 4. Losing to Chester under Lou to blow automatic promotion. The away following was so small, they let home fans in the 'Stoke End' normally reserved for away fans.
Post by Steinos_Little_Helper on Sept 29, 2009 21:12:37 GMT
Brum 0-7 - All has been said above!
Wigan (away) 6-1 - Still never seen as bad a individual display as Rowson in that first half, setting up 2 of their goals with perfect slide-rule passes was outstanding woefulness!
Bournmouth (away) 4-0 under Little singing "we're shit and we know we are" & "one shot we've only had one shot" actually the mental we had after that shot (went wide) wasn't that bad on reflection, after all it did come in the 88th minute (I think)