Pre-Season Plans Taking Shape
With the Club's inaugural Barclays Premier League campaign coming to an end at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, stokecityfc.com would like to remind supporters of plans for the 2009/10 pre-season campaign.
Tony Pulis' men return to training ahead of their second season in the top flight on Thursday 9th July and begin preparations just three days later by splitting up the first team squad and sending sides to both Newcastle Town and Nantwich Town (12th July).
The squad will then set off for a week long trip to Austria on Wednesday 15th, where they are scheduled to play two matches.
Following their return on the 22nd they will then head to Deepdale to take on Championship Play-Off Semi-Finalists Preston North End on Saturday 25th, with a 3pm kick off.
Fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest will then play host to the Potters on Wednesday 29th before we make the short journey back down the A50 to face Nigel Clough's Derby County at Pride Park on the 1st August.
City will hopefully wrap up their pre-season at the Britannia Stadium on Friday 7th August with opposition yet to be confirmed, before kicking off the league campaign on Saturday 15th August.
Full pre-season line up so far:
09/07/09: Players return to training
12/07/09: Newcastle Town (Lyme Valley Stadium) - 2.30pm
12/07/09: Nantwich Town (Weaver Stadium) - 2.30pm
15/07/09: Tour of Austria
22/07/09: Return from Austria
25/07/09: Preston North End (Deepdale) - 3.00pm
29/07/09: Nottingham Forest (City Ground) - 7.45pm
01/08/09: Derby County (Pride Park) - 1.00pm
07/08/09: Provisional date for friendly at Britannia Stadium
15/08/09: Start of Barclays Premier League 2009/10 campaign
Any more additions to the pre-season calendar will be announced here at stokecityfc.com.