Saturday 10 December 2016

Barren years

Published 14/05/2011 | 05:00

Manchester City's trophy drought has been well documented on Old Trafford banners in recent years -- the League Cup of 1976 remaining their last significant trophy -- but Stoke have also endured a long wait for success.

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Today's Wembley visit is their first appearance in an FA Cup final, while they have won just one major trophy -- the 1972 League Cup. Each side has struggled for consistency since, with both falling into the third tier of English football in 1997-98. Manchester City came straight back up, whereas Stoke had to wait until 2002 to return to the second tier.

84,569 The attendance at Maine Road when Manchester City played Stoke City in the 1934 FA Cup sixth round. It remains the biggest crowd for an English football match outside London, and the highest at a club ground. City won 1-0.

Irish Independent

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