Twenty years ago today, Stoke City played their last ever league match at the Victoria Ground. It had been their home for 119 years.
It was the oldest ground in the Football League when Stoke left, and thousands of supporters still miss it like hell two decades later.
The Bet365 Stadium has its own charms, of course, and can be a thrilling experience when Stoke fans are on form and in full voice, but it still doesn’t compare to the din they could create from the original Boothen End at The Vic.
It was home to some fine players and fantastic teams, but that’s not what made it special. It was the friendships built from standing together for so many years, the distance between the stands and the pitch, the closeness to the community, the pubs and the people by whom the club was built.
The Victoria Ground was Stoke City, and it’s so, so sad it’s gone forever.
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