Personalised Stoke City Football Books - Gift Details
Let’s be honest, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to buying gifts for football fans. There are loads out there, from the latest replica shirt to match day tickets, so it’s not difficult to pick them up something they’ll like. But what happens when you’re after a football gift that’s a bit different?
One option is to go down the personalised route. We’re not talking about a name on the back of a shirt, though. Instead, take a look at personalised football books. These tabloid-sized hardbacks feature reprinted reports on your chosen team from the Daily Mirror.
Things begin in 1906, some 43 years after the club was formed. The book charts all of Stoke’s successes, from the League Cup win in 1972 to the current stay in the Premier League.
Winning promotion to the Premier League in 2008 marked Stoke’s first foray into the top flight for 23 years. Since then, they’ve gone onto establish themselves as stubborn opponents to the very best of sides. As you’d expect, these recent events are covered here using reprints of original newspaper reports. There is, however, far more to this book than just the modern era. Kicking off in 1906, you’ll also find coverage of the club’s 1972 League Cup success, as well as their Second and Third Division titles in the Thirties, Sixties and Nineties. Plus, of course, there’s the chance to read up on legends like Tommy Sale, Eric Skeels and John McCue.
All the articles are printed on luxury paper and independently cut and bound in a hardback book.
Now available with colour print option for coverage from 2006 onwards.
Personalise the Stoke Football Book by featuring the recipient’s Name and a Message on the certificate on the title page. The recipient’s Name can also be gold embossed on the front cover.
This personalised Football Book is 'Tabloid' size 38 x 31cm, and you can pick from a selection of smart, high-quality covers (see below). All reports in this book are taken from The Daily Mirror. Choose to have black and white pages in your book or, for an extra £5 only, you can even choose to have colour pages included in your football book. What's more, you can have their Name embossed on the cover in gold lettering for a small extra charge. Here's what you can choose from:
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Stoke City FC was formed in 1863. The club became one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888, but they struggled to make an impact and left after just two seasons. The Potters joined the break-away Football Alliance and became champions in 1891. Stoke then returned to the official league and the Potters enjoyed sixteen years in the top flight. Sir Stanley Matthews signed for Stoke City in 1932 and his immense talent and presence helped the whole team to improve. Stoke finished as runners-up of the First Division in 1947, losing out to Liverpool in the final round of matches. Matthews left the club for fourteen years, but he returned in 1961 under the management of Tony Waddington. Stoke City went on to reach the League Cup final in 1964. Matthews retired one year later, but Gordon Banks soon signed for the team. Stoke City reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1971 and 1972. The Potters also won the League Cup in 1972 and therefore qualified for European football. As the successful side began to age, Stoke City’s form fell away and the club was relegated in 1977. Stoke reached the Premiership for the first time in 2008.
A Stoke City Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Potters. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Stoke Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Stoke City memorabilia collection.
This Stoke City Football Book opens with Stoke beating Blackburn Rovers in a 1906 FA Cup tie. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Top stories in the Stoke City Football Book include beating Bristol City 3-0 in 1922 to gain promotion to Division One and the tragic 1946 FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers, where 38 fans sadly died. Read about the 6-1 thrashing of Chelsea in 1939, plus the marathon 9hr 22min Cup tie against Bury in 1955, which Stoke eventually won 3-2. The Gift Books feature some headline transfers, including Stanley Matthews signing for Stoke for a second time in 1961, Gordon Banks joining the club in 1967 and Stoke paying £340,000 for England goalkeeper Peter Shilton in 1974. This Shilton deal was a British transfer record. The Stoke City Books also cover some of the Potters’ greatest goal-fests, such as the 8-1 win against Leeds United in 1934, the 10-3 win over West Bromwich Albion in 1934, the 9-0 demolition of Plymouth in 1960 and 9-1 routing of Ipswich Town in 1964. Relive the excitement of gaining promotion to the old Division One in 1979. An article on the club’s promotion to the Premiership in 2008 is another highlight of the Gift Book.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Potters’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Stoke City memorabilia.
If you are a collector of Stoke memorabilia or looking for other Stoke gifts, why not consider our Stoke City Calendar or Stoke City Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Potters’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Stoke City fans. Other Stoke presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Stoke City T-Shirts.