The view from the Brittania

Stoke fans seek success as a norm

March 22, 2013
By David Instone
In the mid-1980s, a long-serving and highly successful Stoke City commercial manager predicted that the club, if relegated that season, would not return to the top flight of English football in his lifetime.

It was a bold, some would say overly pessimistic, comment from such a senior employee, even if Dudley Kernick - himself a former lower-division player - was already in his mid-60s.

Well, Stoke did duly go down that year (1985) and, yes, supporters must have wondered whether ...

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