Guest co-editor: 150 years of geniune pride
So the new Premier League season is finally here and what a season it could prove to be for the Mighty Potters in our 150th year with a top-ten finish in the league and a domestic cup real possibilities. Manager Tony Pulis has already made three summer signings while chairman Peter Coates is continuing to build an ever-lasting legacy by ploughing more money into the Academy.
It has been a long journey to this point, but one that the club and the supporters should cherish. The club haven`t had it this good since the Waddington years and although the football may not be as pleasing on the eye as it was back in the seventies, the club are competing with the country`s elite and we are more than holding our own.
The days of watching the club away from home for a tuppence and entering a stadium that has seen better days have gone, but no supporter can hardly grumble now about watching their team play at some of the best stadia in the world on a weekly basis. Even if it costs a fortune and doesn`t have the same feel or smell as the 'good old days`!
The club has gone through some bad spells, from continuous seasons stuck in the lower leagues to the sale of prized asset John Ritchie to fund a new roof for the Butler Street Stand, but I suppose it`s this that has made us more appreciative of what we now have.
The glory days of the seventies look to be returning with chairman Peter Coates and his whole family a mainstay for years to come. Promotion, mid-table security in the Premier League, the club`s first FA Cup Final and the return of European football last season have all been orchestrated by the owner and his choice of manager, Tony Pulis. And while TP may never be accepted by some, it is he who has helped to maintain our proud tradition as a club at the heart of the city and for that we shall be forever grateful.
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