Two Notable Achievements
STOKE CITY have put two notable records straight in as many Barclays Premier League games . . . and they were both separated by just seven weeks more than 26 years ago.
The three successive League victories achieved when they triumphed 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday was the first instance of such a hat-trick in the top flight since February 1984.
And that followed on from the feat of the Potters securing their first League win over Liverpool since April of the same year when they overcame the Anfielders 2-0 at the Victoria Ground.
Ian Painter set them up for both successes 26 years ago, his goal clinching City the first of their three successive wins when they took on Ipswich Town at the Victoria Ground.
The Potters followed that up with a 3-0 away success at Coventry City in which Peter Hampton, Mark Chamberlain and Brendon O'Callaghan were on target at Highfield Road.
It was Chamberlain who completed that winning sequence with the only goal in the early stages of their home match against Notts County on February 25th, 1984.When Liverpool visited the Victoria Ground in mid-April, Painter opened the scoring midway through the first half before Colin Russell added the second five minutes after the break.