2009–10 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
2009–10 season
Chairman Peter Coates
Manager Tony Pulis
Stadium Britannia Stadium
Premier League 11th (47 Points)
FA Cup Quarter Final
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Matthew Etherington (5)
All: Ricardo Fuller (8)
Highest home attendance 27,604 vs Hull City (3 April 2010)
Lowest home attendance 26,728 vs Wigan Athletic (12 December 2009)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was Stoke City's second season in the Premier League and the 54th in the top tier of English football.

Stoke were looking to build on last season's success and establish themselves as a Premier League club. And that's what they achieved, finishing in 11th with 47 points. There were some decent victories throughout the campaign with the most memorable being a 1–0 victory away at Tottenham Hotspur in October. Stoke were never in any danger of being involved in a relegation battle and so enjoyed a run in the FA Cup to the quarter final, where they were beaten 2–0 by Chelsea.

Season review[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

On 8 June 2009 Stoke announced that they will play eight pre-season matches starting 12 July and ending on 7 August.[1] The first of these friendlies will be against local opposition Newcastle Town whom Stoke play every pre-season and Nantwich Town. Stoke announced that they will play both of these matches on the same day therefore splitting up the squad into two teams. Stoke will then send the squad to a training camp in Irdning, Austria for 1 week commencing 15 July 2009 and returning 22 July 2009 Playing in two matches.[2] The first match will be against 2.Bundesliga side St Pauli at the ATV Arena in Irdning.[3] Four days later Stoke face Israeli Premier League Runners-up Hapoel Tel Aviv, however originally German Side Hoffenheim were scheduled to play Stoke but this match was cancelled.[4]

Upon their return from Austria, Stoke will play three matches against Championship Sides. First is a trip to last season's Play-off Semi-finalists Preston North End at Deepdale. Then against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on 29 July and against Derby County at Pride Park on 1 August. The final pre-season match is at the Britannia Stadium when on 7 August Real Valladolid who finished in 14th position in last seasons La Liga are the visitors.[5]

Stoke started their pre-season in embarrassing fashion losing to both Newcastle Town and Nantwich Town. Splitting the squad up for both games seemed to disjoint Stoke and their non-league opponents took advantage. Ash Carter and Stoke fan Michael Lennon scored in both halves to seal the win for the dabbers. While at the Lyme Valley Newcastle Town recorded their first ever victory over Stoke since the two sides began to play each other in every Pre-season since 1985. Goals from Chris Budrys and a fantastic lob by David Foy which left rookie 'keeper Danzelle St Louis Hamilton red faced, Stoke did score when Matthew Etherington scored his first goal in Stoke colours since his move from West Ham United. Stoke then went over to Austria for a week to take part in a training camp playing in two matches. Stoke lost the first to German side St Pauli and drew the second against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv. Salif Diao who rarely scores lobbed the Hapoel 'keeper Vincent Enyeama from 40 yards, Stoke strangely had to play in local Austrian side DSV Leoben green home strip as both teams brought their red and white strip.

Stoke made their first major signing of the summer on 24 July as Dean Whitehead came in from Sunderland for a fee of £3 Million raising to £5 Million. Whitehead started in the match against Preston North End and he didn't have the best of starts as he missed an open goal from just 3 yards from goal. Liam Lawrence had a penalty saved by Preston 'keeper Andrew Lonergan. Jon Parkin was playing against the side which he left last summer but it was Neil Mellor who scored twice for North End with former Preston player Richard Cresswell replying for Stoke.

Stoke played the first of two East Midlands opposition at the City Ground in Nottingham. The match was played in a driving wind and rain, Forest took the lead in the through new signing David McGoldrick on the half hour. Three minutes after half time however Dave Kitson scored stoke equalising goal, Stoke then had the better of chances and should have gone on to win the match. Derby County was the next test for Stoke as Ryan Shotton made his first start in a Stoke shirt. Liam Lawrence scored a superb 30 yard strike which went in the top corner of the Derby goal after only seven minutes. Derby fought back though as one time stoke loanee Stephen Pearson scored for the Rams, Stoke re took the lead through Ricardo Fuller and look set for their first win of pre-season but Derby academy product Arnaud Mendy scored a brilliant overhead kick to earn Nigel Clough's side a share of the spoils.

The final friendly came at the Britannia where Spanish side Real Valladolid were the visitors. It was City who started the brighter and went in front after only 3 minutes gone when captain Abdoulaye Faye powered in an Etherington cross from the right. Stoke dominated the first half and had numerous chances but the second goal came from the penalty spot. Dave Kitson confidently scored his first Stoke goal at the Britannia Stadium. However in the second half the Spanish side took control and played neat passing it was the impressive Borja who scored a stunning goal before Alberto Bueno struck. The result left Stoke with no victory in pre-season.

Stoke announced that a mid-season friendly against Austin Aztex will be played on 14 October 2009 at Nantwich's The Weaver Stadium. The Aztex are in a partnership with City and their visit is to allow the Americans access to Stoke's training grounds at Clayton Woods as part of their pre-season training. The Aztex have ex City striker Gifton Noel-Williams and one time academy player Salif Diao-Jiminez amongst their roster. Stoke fielded a side of Academy players and only Louis Moult having any first team experience. The Aztex won the game 1-0 with the goal coming from former Wrexham defender Gareth Evans.

Premier League[edit]

August[edit]

For the season opener against Burnley Stoke gave new signing Dean Whitehead his debut. Newly promoted Burnley started brightly and went close through Robbie Blake. However City soon took control of the match and went in front after 19 minutes through Ryan Shawcross, before a trademark Rory Delap long throw-in was glanced into his own net by defender Stephen Jordan shortly after. The away side improved in the second half but failed to trouble Sorensen and Stoke could have added a third with Dave Kitson hitting the post and Richard Cresswell narrowly shooting wide.[6]

Stoke travelled to Liverpool for three away games back to back. Stoke line up in an unusual 4-5-1 formation in an attempt to stop the threat of Liverpool's new signing Glen Johnson. The change in tactics backfired as Liverpool comfortably won the game 4–0 with the goals coming from Torres, Kuyt, Johnson and N'Gog.[7]

Another newly promoted side were next opponents for Stoke in the form of Birmingham City at St Andrews. Stoke suffered an early blow as James Beattie was forced to come off due to injury, meaning that Dave Kitson would have a chance to impress. There were few chances during the match with both sides cancelling each other out and the match finished 0–0.[8]

New signings from Middlesbrough Robert Huth and Tuncay Şanlı were on the bench for the visit of Steve Bruce's Sunderland at the end of August. Stoke opened the scoring just before half time through a goal mouth scramble which Kitson managed to put past Craig Gordon. Both sides continued to create chances in the second half but Stoke were the stronger of the two teams and were able to see out the win.[9]

September[edit]

For the visit of Chelsea Pulis decided to play a 5-3-2 formation with new signing Danny Collins making his debut. Stoke suffered an early setback as James Beattie again was forced to come off after falling awkwardly. Stoke took the lead after 32 minutes after a mix up in the Chelsea defence allowed captain Abdoulaye Faye to head into an empty net. Stoke were dealt another injury this time 'keeper Sorensen, who was replaced by Simonsen. Chelsea equalised in stoppage time in the first half through a goal by Drogba. Chelsea dominated the second half without troubling Simonsen and it looked that it would finish all level but Malouda gave Chelsea the three points deep into injury time to leave Stoke with a sense of deja vu as Chelsea beat in them in the same fashion last season.[10]

Stoke then made the trip to the Reebok Stadium looking to avenge last seasons 3–1 defeat in what was City's first game in the Premier League. Stoke were the better side in the first half as they dominated possession and created a number of half chances, Bolton on the other hand were awful and were booed off at half time. Stoke took the lead early in the second half through the improving Kitson, Wanderers then brought on Ricardo Gardner and Ivan Klasnić to try and rescue a point for the home side. They did get a draw via the penalty spot after Danny Collins carelessly tripped Sam Ricketts in the final minute.[11]

Following the epic 4–3 League Cup win over Blackpool Stoke faced the league champions, Manchester United. Pulis decided to go with the same formation and system he used against Chelsea, however the change didn't work as the visitors were able to claim a comfortable 2–0 win.[12]

October[edit]

Stoke reverted to their usual formation for trip to Everton and gave a surprise start to Salif Diao after the midfielder's injury. Everton were the better team in the first 45 minutes without troubling Sorensen, Stoke improved in the second period and took the lead through Huth's powerful header his first goal for the club. The lead didn't last long as Leon Osman scored from long range and the match ended all square.[13]

James Beattie scored his only goals of the season against West Ham United at the Britannia Stadium. The first came via the penalty spot after Etherington had been brought down in the area. West Ham levelled though a Matthew Upson header before Beattie tapped in from close range following good work by Fuller.[14]

Stoke then made the trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham and were handed a blow before kick off with Thomas Sorensen unable to play meaning that number two Steve Simonsen started in goal. Tottenham were also hit by injuries with Jonathan Woodgate being forced off after 14 minutes. Tottenham dominated most of the first half and were being denied by an inspired Simonsen, this continued into the second period with most in the ground seemingly waiting until Spurs opened the scoring. It came as a surprise when Stoke scored through a brilliant goal by Glenn Whelan in the 88th minute and gave Stoke a famous victory.[15]

In the match against local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke dominated the first half and scored through an own goal by George Elokobi latter to be awarded to Beattie, and a superb volley by Matthew Etherington his first league goal for the club put Stoke 2–0 up before half time. In the second half Wolves were the dominant side and also scored twice with two identical goals from former City player Jody Craddock.[16]

November[edit]

Stoke made the trip to Hull looking for a second consecutive away win; despite a slow start City took the lead through Etherington's powerful drive past Matt Duke. Stoke could have extended their lead through Shawcross but his header clipped the crossbar. Hull then equalised through former City player Seyi Olofinjana and Stoke were on the back foot even more when Abdoulaye Faye was sent off for two bookable offences meaning Tuncay who had just come on had to be replaced by Wilkinson in order to fill in the gap in defence. However Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored in the final minute to condemn Stoke to a disappointing defeat.[17]

Paul Hart's relegation threatened side, Portsmouth were next to arrive in Staffordshire and had the chance to take the lead early on after Delap had fouled Aruna Dindane but Kevin-Prince Boateng's penalty was saved by Sorensen. It turned out to be a very poor game and Stoke scored the only goal through a well worked move resulting in Fuller scoring his first goal of the season.[18]

Stoke travelled to Blackburn and had a number of chances to win the match with Whitehead and Beattie both missing from just 5 yards and the match unsurprising finished 0–0.[19]

December[edit]

The first match in December came away against Arsenal; Stoke started the match brightly and looked comfortable but Delap again gave away a penalty and again Sorensen saved it. However Arsenal were not to be denied and went on to win the match 2–0.[20]

Stoke then faced Wigan Athletic in an early kick-off at the Britannia Stadium it what turned out to be an entertaining match. Wigan took the lead in confusing circumstances, Emmerson Boyce headed the ball past Sorensen taking out the keeper in the process and Salif Diao unavoidably kicked Boyce in the head and the referee belatedly awarded the goal. Stoke equalised through Tuncay's first goal for the club just before half time. Wigan went back in front through via an amazing 50-yard strike by Maynor Figueroa but Stoke scored instantly through a Shawcross header. Wigan had the chance to win the match in the final minute when Huth was adjudged to have fouled Jordi Gomez despite the Wigan player being offside, however Sorensen saved Hugo Rodallega's spot kick.[21]

City travelled to Villa Park and thought they had taken the lead through Mama Sidibe out-jumped Stephen Warnock but referee Lee Probert gave a free-kick to Villa. Stoke were the better side and created a number of chances to score but were unable to find the net. Villa claimed all three points when John Carew headed past Sorensen.[22]

The boxing day fixture saw Stoke make the trip to Manchester City where Roberto Mancini was taking his first game in charge for the home side. His new side made a bright start and two goals from Martin Petrov and Carlos Tévez gave Man City a 2–0 win.[23]

City ended 2009 on a disappointing note as they were defeated 1–0 by Birmingham City at home. Stoke were the dominant team throughout the match and only some top class saves from Joe Hart kept Stoke out. Birmingham took advantage through a scrappy goal from Cameron Jerome. It was also the first of five matches to be played at home for Stoke.[24]

January[edit]

The first league match of 2010 was the re-arranged fixture against Fulham; the match went ahead despite heavy snow. Sorensen failed to recover from an injury he picked up in the win over York City at the weekend, meaning that Simonsen started and youngster Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton appeared on the bench. Stoke controlled the first half and Fulham the second. Stoke opened the scoring 13 minutes when Tuncay met Robert Huth's flick on from Etherington's corner and powered the ball beyond Mark Schwarzer from 3-yards to put the hosts into the lead. A rampant City side didn't have to wait long to double their advantage though as skipper Faye was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net after Etherington's deep corner evaded a packed out 6-yard box. The majority of the Britannia Stadium had barely recovered from their celebrations by the time Sidibe had fired the Potters into a three goal lead just three minutes later. The Malian international striker latched onto Higginbotham's clever flick on, as the Potters laid siege to the Fulham penalty area, and smashed the ball into the roof of the net with a clinically taken half volley to put Stoke into a 3–0 lead. In the second half Fulham scored twice through Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey.[25]

A weak Liverpool side were next to arrive at the Britannia and were content to sit back and play for a draw. Stoke suffered an early injury problems with both Abdoualye Faye and Rory Delap being forced to come off. Liverpool took a surprise lead through Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos in the second half, Stoke then applied intense pressure on the Liverpool goal and in the 90th minute Robert Huth scrambled in the equaliser.[26]

February[edit]

After five home games in a row City finally had an away game at Sunderland. However the match was a very disappointing affair and finished in a poor 0–0 draw.[27]

Stoke were back at home for the visit of Blackburn Rovers on an day dedicated to Sir Stanley Matthews. Stoke produced a fitting performance to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the wizard of dribble by producing arguably City's best performance in the top flight since winning promotion in May 2008. Stoke opened their account through Danny Higginbotham after eight minutes with the left back volleying an Etherington corner. City made it two just before half time after Mama Sidibe tapped in from close range and Etherington finished of a man of the match outing by skilfully beating Robinson to make the score line 3–0, Stoke's largest Premier League win and biggest top flight win since 1984.[28]

In the next away game at the DW Stadium Wigan made a bright start and took the lead through Paul Scharner after 14 minutes. Stoke improved greatly in the second half and equalised via a header from Tuncay and the match finished one apiece.[29]

Following the FA Cup draw against Man City at the weekend, they were again the opposition this time at the Britannia Stadium in the League. Stoke made a confident start dominating the match and should have opened the scoring in the first half but the scores were level at half time. Stoke were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Abdoulaye Faye brought down Adebayor, Man City then took control but Stoke surprisingly took the lead through a volley from Glenn Whelan. Man City drew level via a scrappy goal from Gareth Barry, City thought they won the match with seconds left when Shawcross headed in a Delap throw in but Alan Wiley wrongly disallowed the goal.[30]

Stoke then made the long trip south to face relegation bound Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Pompey were the better side in the first half and took the lead through the lively Piquionne after 35 minutes. Stoke were better in the second half and Robert Huth levelled just after the half time break before Andy Wilkinson was sent off for a second bookable offence. With Pompey looking for a vital winner City snatched the win right at the death with Salif Diao scoring his first goal in seven years.[31]

Following Stoke's FA Cup replay win over Man City at the Britannia, Arsenal were next to arrive and City took the lead through Danny Pugh via another Delap throw in, however Bendtner equalised just before half time. In the second half Shawcross was sent off and Arsenal took advantage to seal the win for the visitors.[32]

March[edit]

After their FA Cup exit at Chelsea, Stoke faced struggling Burnley in the re-arranged match at Turf Moor. The match was a keenly contested affair and the result was a fair 1–1 draw with goals from Tuncay and Dave Nugent.[33]

Stoke then had a hard fought goalless draw with Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium and both sides could have easily won the match.[34]

Following a lethargic opening 45 minutes against Tottenham the second half exploded into action as Eidur Gudjohnsen fired the visitors ahead just 30 seconds after the interval, before Dean Whitehead was dismissed by referee Mike Dean three minutes later for an innocuous looking challenge on Luka Modric. The Potters had to stand firm to soak up some heavy Spurs' pressure, but managed to pull themselves back into the game on the hour mark when Etherington calmly converted from the penalty spot, after David Kitson had been dragged to the ground by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Ricardo Fuller then agonisingly spurned a glorious opportunity to turn the game on its head as he blazed over from 6-yards, before the Londoners ensured all three points would be theirs with little over ten minutes remaining as Croatian international Kranjcar lashed home after Essou-Akotto teed him up.[35]

Stoke then made the trip to West Ham and came away with all three points thanks to a piece of individual piece of brilliance from substitute Ricardo Fuller. The Jamaican international had barely been on the pitch two minutes by the time he scintillatingly beat two men and rifled the ball beyond England international Rob Green with little over twenty minutes of the game remaining. Prior to his introduction chances had been few and far between for both sides, with Egyptian Mido going closest for the Hammers, whilst Liam Lawrence had spurned the visitors best chance early on after blazing over from 12-yards. The Potters had to soak up a late onslaught from the desperate hosts, but they managed to hold on for all three points and elevate themselves up to tenth place in the league table; moving to within one point of the magic '40-point target'.[36]

April[edit]

Relegation threatened Hull were next at the Britannia Stadium and Stoke came away with a comfortable 2–0 win. Fuller struck in the sixth minute to give the Potters a flying start against Iain Dowie's men before Republic of Ireland international Lawrence slotted home the second in the final minute to ease his side to the three points.[37]

There was great excitement for highly awaited derby against Wolves at Molineux prior to the match, however the game was a total anti-climax and finished in a drab 0–0 draw.[38]

City's penultimate home match saw Bolton Wanderers make the short trip south. Stoke dominated the match for 80 minutes and took the lead through Dave Kitson after 13 minutes. However Matt Taylor somehow managed to score twice in the final few minutes to condemn Stoke to a surprise defeat.[39]

In the next away match at Chelsea Stoke suffered early setbacks with both Faye and Sorensen being taken off. Everything seemed to go wrong for Stoke and Chelsea scored seven goals without reply.[40]

May[edit]

In the final home match of the season Stoke picked up a well-earned point against in-form Everton. Neither side were able to find a breakthrough throughout the clash as Delap missed City's best opportunity in the second half whilst the Toffees thought they had won it through Phil Jagielka, only for Howard Webb to chalk it off for an infringement by Victor Anichebe late on.[41]

Stoke made a triumphant return to west London as Matthew Etherington's late winner moved them back up into the top half of the Premier League table. The Potters, who suffered a heavy defeat a short distance away at Chelsea eleven days ago, produced a magnificent display to defeat Europa League finalists Fulham. The victory, their third in the capital this season, moved them back up to 10th position and ensured that they improved upon last season's tally of 45 points. Etherington struck seven minutes from the end after City had frustrated Fulham, most notably when Asmir Begovic pulled off a stunning save to deny Clint Dempsey.[42]

Stoke finished off the 2009–10 season with a 4–0 loss at Old Trafford.[43]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke were drawn at home to leading Conference Premier side York City at home in the third round of the FA Cup. The non-league side started the better side despite arriving late for kick-off and took a shock lead through Neil Barrett. However Stoke quickly turned the game around with two Rory Delap throws which led to Danny Parslow putting through his own net and Ricardo Fuller scoring a minute later. Stoke sealed their place in the fourth round when Matthew Etherington curled in a free-kick just before the hour mark.[44]

Arsenal were the next opponents for City and they made the perfect start, another Rory Delap throw caused panic in the Arsenal penalty area and Fuller took advantage. Arsenal slowly came back into the game and equalised through a lucky deflected Denílson free-kick just before half-time. In the second half both sides were attacking and after 78 minutes Fuller got his second of the game heading in a Mamady Sidibe cross. Dean Whitehead then got his first goal for Stoke confirming a fifth round tie.[45]

Stoke were handed a tough test against Manchester City in round five. At a surprisingly sparse City of Manchester Stadium Man City took an early lead after Shaun Wright-Phillips took advantage of some awful Stoke defending. Stoke struggled in the first half and their cause was not helped by injuries to Matthew Etherington and his replacement Liam Lawrence. In the second half Stoke became more threatening and the equaliser came after 57 minutes after a Rory Delap thrown was headed in by Fuller. Both sides could have won afterwards but it finished 1–1 meaning that a replay would be needed.[46]

In the replay Man City made a flying start putting the Stoke defence under a considerable amount of pressure with Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Pablo Zabaleta missing good chances. In the second half it was Stoke who began to take control of the match and took the lead through Dave Kitson ten minutes from full-time. However Bellamy equalized moments later sending the tie into extra time. Man City were reduced to ten men when Adebayor was shown a red card after an altercation With Shawcross. Stoke re-took the lead through a Shawcross header from a Delap thrown and then Tuncay finished the game with a fine solo goal.[47]

Stoke made into the Quarter Final of the FA Cup for the first time since 1971 and were drawn away at the holders and favourites Chelsea. Stoke made a good start almost taking the lead through Dean Whitehead after ten minutes. This was as good as it got for City as Chelsea produced a commanding display and took their place in the semi-final with goals from Frank Lampard and John Terry.[48]

League Cup[edit]

Stoke started their League Cup campaign away to Leyton Orient, It was the first time the two sides have met in the League Cup and the first time since 1993. Stoke made 11 changes to the side that drew 0–0 with Birmingham City as manager Tony Pulis kept with his normal League cup side. Ryan Shotton made his first Stoke start and on the bench a number of youngsters such as Dave Parton and Matthew Lund appeared for the first time. In the first half Orient had the best chance when Adrian Pătulea should have scored but failed. Richard Cresswell should have done the same before Dave Kitson headed against the bar. With both teams failing to break the deadlock the match went into extra time. The winning goal came from Kitson a brilliant 35 yard strike his first in Stoke colours, sent City to the Third round to play Blackpool.[49]

In the Third round against Blackpool two of Stoke's summer signings Diego Arismendi and Tuncay Şanlı made their first starts. Blackpool scored the games opening goal just before half time when ex-Crewe player David Vaughan was allowed to run and shot to put the tangerines in front. It got worse for City as after half-time Billy Clarke one of the smallest players on the pitch managed to out jump a static Stoke defence and but Blackpool 2–0 up. That goal seemed to lift Stoke as they went all out to get back in the game. Alex Baptiste fouled Tuncay in the area and Liam Lawrence took the spot kick which was easily save by Matthew Gilks. Higginbotham pulled one back before Etherington scored his first goal for Stoke. Fuller and Tuncay combined to put Stoke in front however minutes later Ben Burgess made all even again and it looked like it was going to extra time before Andy Griffin sealed the win for Stoke.[50]

In the Fourth round Stoke were handed an unwanted trip to Portsmouth. Stoke took the decision to fly to the South coast to avoid the long journey. It didn't have the desired effect, as Portsmouth with the help of some comic Stoke defending easily won the match 4–0. It didn't get any better as on the flight back the aircraft had to make an emergency landing due to an oil leak.[51][52]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 27 5 6 103 32 +71 86 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 27 4 7 86 28 +58 85
3 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 83 41 +42 75
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 7 10 67 41 +26 70 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Manchester City 38 18 13 7 73 45 +28 67 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 52 39 +13 64
7 Liverpool 38 18 9 11 61 35 +26 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
8 Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49 +11 61
9 Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47 −9 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 13 11 14 41 55 −14 50
11 Stoke City 38 11 14 13 34 48 −14 47
12 Fulham 38 12 10 16 39 46 −7 46
13 Sunderland 38 11 11 16 48 56 −8 44
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 9 19 42 67 −25 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 9 11 18 32 56 −24 38
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 9 20 37 79 −42 36
17 West Ham United 38 8 11 19 47 66 −19 35
18 Burnley (R) 38 8 6 24 42 82 −40 30 Relegation to 2010–11 Football League Championship
19 Hull City (R) 38 6 12 20 34 75 −41 30
20 Portsmouth (R) 38 7 7 24 34 66 −32 0191

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Portsmouth were deducted nine points for entering administration.[53]
2 Originally Portsmouth should qualify for the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League as 2009–10 FA Cup runners-up to Champions League-qualified Chelsea however they failed to apply for a UEFA license therefore Liverpool took their place.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
1 12 July 2009 Newcastle Town A 1 – 2 3,317 Etherington 37' Report
2 12 July 2009 Nantwich Town A 0 – 2 784 Report
3 17 July 2009 St Pauli A 1 – 3 Kitson 72' Report
4 21 July 2009 Hapoel Tel Aviv A 1 – 1 Diao 33' Report
5 25 July 2009 Preston North End A 1 – 2 3,121 Cresswell 78' Report
6 29 July 2009 Nottingham Forest A 1 – 1 5,542 Kitson 48' Report
7 1 August 2009 Derby County A 2 – 2 23,259 Lawrence 7', Fuller 65' Report
8 7 August 2009 Real Valladolid H 2 – 2 Faye 2', Kitson (pen) 32' Report
9 14 October 2009 Austin Aztex H 0 – 1 554 Report

Premier League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
1 15 August 2009 Burnley H 2 – 0 27,385 Shawcross 19', Jordan (o.g.) 33' Report
2 19 August 2009 Liverpool A 0 – 4 44,318 Report
3 22 August 2009 Birmingham City A 0 – 0 21,694 Report
4 29 August 2009 Sunderland H 1 – 0 27,091 Kitson 43' Report
5 12 September 2009 Chelsea H 1 – 2 27,440 Faye 32' Report
6 19 September 2009 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 1 20,265 Kitson 53' Report
7 26 September 2009 Manchester United H 0 – 2 27,500 Report
8 4 October 2009 Everton A 1 – 1 36,753 Huth 50' Report
9 17 October 2009 West Ham United H 2 – 1 27,026 Beattie (2) 11', 69' (1 pen) Report
10 24 October 2009 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 0 36,031 Whelan 86' Report
11 31 October 2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 2 27,500 Beattie 17', Etherington 44' Report
12 6 November 2009 Hull City A 1 – 2 24,516 Etherington 29' Report
13 22 November 2009 Portsmouth H 1 – 0 27,069 Fuller 74' Report
14 28 November 2009 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 0 25,147 Report
15 5 December 2009 Arsenal A 0 – 2 60,041 Report
16 12 December 2009 Wigan Athletic H 2 – 2 26,728 Tuncay 37', Shawcross 74' Report
17 19 December 2009 Aston Villa A 0 – 1 35,852 Report
18 26 December 2009 Manchester City A 0 – 2 47,325 Report
19 28 December 2009 Birmingham City H 0 – 1 27,211 Report
20 5 January 2010 Fulham H 3 – 2 25,104 Tuncay 12', Faye 34', Sidibe 37' Report
21 16 January 2010 Liverpool H 1 – 1 27,247 Huth 90' Report
22 1 February 2010 Sunderland A 0 – 0 35,078 Report
23 6 February 2010 Blackburn Rovers H 3 – 0 27,386 Higginbotham 8', Sidibe 45+2', Etherington 67' Report
24 9 February 2010 Wigan Athletic A 1 – 1 16,033 Tuncay 74' Report
25 16 February 2010 Manchester City H 1 – 1 26,778 Whelan 72' Report
26 20 February 2010 Portsmouth A 2 – 1 17,208 Huth 50', Diao 90+2' Report
27 27 February 2010 Arsenal H 1 – 3 27,011 Pugh 8' Report
28 10 March 2010 Burnley A 1 – 1 20,323 Tuncay 23' Report
29 13 March 2010 Aston Villa H 0 – 0 27,598 Report
30 20 March 2010 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 2 27,575 Etherington 64' (pen) Report
31 27 March 2010 West Ham United A 1 – 0 34,564 Fuller 69' Report
32 3 April 2010 Hull City H 2 – 0 27,604 Fuller 6', Lawrence 90' Report
33 11 April 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0 – 0 28,455 Report
34 17 April 2010 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 2 27,250 Kitson 13' Report
35 25 April 2010 Chelsea A 0 – 7 41,013 Report
36 1 May 2010 Everton H 0 – 0 27,579 Report
37 5 May 2010 Fulham A 1 – 0 20,831 Etherington 83' Report
38 9 May 2010 Manchester United A 0 – 4 75,316 Report

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R3 2 January 2010 York City H 3 – 1 15,586 Parslow 24' (o.g.), Fuller 25', Etherington 58' Report
R4 24 January 2010 Arsenal H 3 – 1 19,735 Fuller (2) 2', 78', Whitehead 85' Report
R5 13 February 2010 Manchester City A 1 – 1 28,019 Fuller 57' Report
R5 Replay 24 February 2010 Manchester City H 3 – 1 (aet) 21,813 Kitson 79', Shawcross 95', Tuncay 99' Report
Quarter Final 7 March 2010 Chelsea A 0 – 2 41,322 Report

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R2 26 August 2009 Leyton Orient A 1 – 0 (aet) 2,742 Kitson 94' Report
R3 22 September 2009 Blackpool H 4 – 3 13,957 Higginbotham 75', Etherington 78', Fuller 80', Griffin 90+6' Report
R4 27 October 2009 Portsmouth A 0 – 4 11,251 Report

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Steve Simonsen 2(1) 0 0(1) 0 3 0 5(2) 0 0 0
2 DF England Andy Griffin 0 0 0 0 2(1) 1 2(1) 1 0 0
3 DF England Danny Higginbotham 23(1) 1 3 0 2 1 28(1) 2 0 0
4 DF Germany Robert Huth 30(2) 3 5 0 0 0 35(2) 3 8 0
5 DF England Leon Cort 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 1 0
6 MF Republic of Ireland Glenn Whelan 25(8) 2 4 0 1 0 30(8) 2 9 0
7 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Lawrence 14(11) 1 2(2) 0 2 0 18(12) 1 0 0
8 MF England Tom Soares 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0 2(1) 0 0 0
9 FW England James Beattie 11(11) 3 1 0 1 0 13(11) 3 0 0
10 FW Jamaica Ricardo Fuller 22(13) 3 5 4 0(1) 1 27(14) 8 10 0
11 FW Mali Mamady Sidibe 19(5) 2 4(1) 0 0(1) 0 23(7) 2 1 0
12 FW England Dave Kitson 10(8) 3 0(2) 1 2 1 12(10) 5 0 0
14 MF England Danny Pugh 1(6) 1 0(3) 0 3 0 4(9) 1 1 0
15 MF Senegal Salif Diao 11(5) 1 2(1) 0 0 0 13(6) 1 7 0
16 FW England Richard Cresswell 1(1) 0 0 0 1 0 2(1) 0 0 0
17 DF England Ryan Shawcross 27(1) 2 3 1 0 0 30(1) 3 9 1
18 MF England Dean Whitehead 33(3) 0 4 1 0 0 37(3) 1 7 1
19 MF Senegal Amdy Faye 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
20 FW Turkey Tuncay Şanlı 13(17) 4 2(3) 1 2 0 17(20) 5 2 0
21 DF England Andrew Davies 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0
22 DF Senegal Ibrahima Sonko 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
22 DF Wales Danny Collins 22(3) 0 4(1) 0 0 0 26(4) 0 0 0
23 MF England Michael Tonge 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0 2(1) 0 1 0
24 MF Republic of Ireland Rory Delap 34(2) 0 4(1) 0 0 0 38(3) 0 4 0
25 DF Senegal Abdoulaye Faye (c) 30(1) 3 1 0 0 0 31(1) 2 5 2
26 MF England Matthew Etherington 33(1) 5 3 1 0(1) 1 36(2) 7 1 0
27 GK Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Begović 3(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3(1) 0 0 0
28 DF England Andy Wilkinson 21(4) 0 2 0 1 0 24(4) 0 6 1
29 GK Denmark Thomas Sørensen 33 0 5 0 0 0 38 0 0 0
30 DF England Ryan Shotton 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
31 DF England Carl Dickinson 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
32 MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
35 FW England Ben Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 MF England Matthew Lund 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF England Nathaniel Wedderburn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 GK England Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 FW England Louis Moult 0(1) 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0(3) 0 1 0
43 GK England Dave Parton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 MF Republic of Ireland Ryan Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 1 1 0 2

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
7 July 2009 MF England Ben Marshall England Crewe Alexandra Compensation[54]
7 July 2009 MF England Matthew Lund England Crewe Alexandra Compensation[54]
24 July 2009 MF England Dean Whitehead England Sunderland £5 Million[55]
27 August 2009 DF Germany Robert Huth England Middlesbrough £5 Million[56]
28 August 2009 FW Turkey Tuncay Şanlı England Middlesbrough £5 Million[57]
31 August 2009 MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi Uruguay Club Nacional de Football £2.5 Million[58]
1 September 2009 DF Wales Danny Collins England Sunderland £2.75 Million[59]
1 February 2010 GK Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Begović England Portsmouth £3.25 Million[60]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
2 June 2009 FW France Vincent Péricard England Carlisle United Free[61]
2 June 2009 FW England Marc Grocott England Unattached Released[61]
2 June 2009 MF England Tom Thorley England Stafford Rangers Free[61]
2 June 2009 MF England Jimmy Phillips England Burton Albion Free[61]
6 August 2009 MF Nigeria Seyi Olofinjana England Hull City £3 Million[62]
5 January 2010 FW England Richard Cresswell England Sheffield United Undisclosed[63]
27 January 2010 DF England Leon Cort England Burnley £1.5 Million[64]

Loan out[edit]

Date from Date to Pos. Name To
29 July 2009 1 January 2010 GK England Danzelle St Louis Hamilton England Vauxhall Motors[65]
7 August 2009 7 November 2009 MF England Ben Marshall England Northampton Town[66]
1 September 2009 30 June 2010 DF England Ibrahima Sonko England Hull City[67]
18 September 2009 18 October 2009 DF England Andrew Davies England Sheffield United[68]
23 September 2009 30 June 2010 DF England Carl Dickinson England Barnsley[69]
23 September 2009 30 June 2010 DF England Ryan Shotton England Barnsley[69]
29 September 2009 1 January 2010 FW England Richard Cresswell England Sheffield United[70]
13 November 2009 1 January 2010 MF England Ben Marshall England Cheltenham Town[71]
17 November 2009 1 January 2010 FW England Dave Kitson England Middlesbrough[72]
19 November 2009 19 December 2009 MF England Michael Tonge England Preston North End[73]
26 November 2009 26 December 2009 MF England Nathaniel Wedderburn England Hereford United[74]
26 November 2009 30 June 2010 MF England Tom Soares England Sheffield Wednesday[74]
12 January 2010 30 June 2010 DF England Andy Griffin England Reading[75]
1 February 2010 30 June 2010 MF England Ben Marshall England Carlisle United[76]
1 February 2010 30 June 2010 MF England Michael Tonge England Derby County[77]
2 March 2010 30 June 2010 MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi England Brighton & Hove Albion[78]
19 March 2010 30 June 2010 GK England Steve Simonsen England Sheffield United[79]

Reserves[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
29 July 2009 Newport County A 0 – 2 Report
31 July 2009 Mangotsfield United A 4 – 0 Marshall (2), Lund, Trialist Report

Premier Reserve League South[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
1 2 September 2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 0 Moult Report
2 14 September 2009 Arsenal A 0 – 1 Report
3 28 September 2009 Birmingham City H 0 – 0 Report
4 19 October 2009 Aston Villa H 0 – 0 Report
5 2 November 2009 Chelsea H 3 – 2 Moult, Tonge, Arismendi Report
6 24 November 2009 West Ham United A 2 – 5 Moult (2) Report
7 18 January 2010 Birmingham City A 0 – 1 Report
8 10 February 2010 Arsenal H 0 – 1 Report
9 2 March 2010 Fulham A 0 – 2 Report
10 10 March 2010 Chelsea A 0 – 3 Report
11 16 March 2010 Portsmouth A 1 – 1 Lund Report
12 22 March 2010 Portsmouth H 4 – 0 Nicholls, Moult, Lund (2) Report
13 30 March 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Moult Report
14 6 April 2010 West Ham United H 0 – 0 Report
15 15 April 2010 Aston Villa A 0 – 2 Report
16 19 April 2010 Fulham H 1 – 3 Moult Report

Reserve Appearances[edit]

Pos. Name League
Apps Goals
FW England Warwick Alexander 2 (1) 0
MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi 7 1
FW England James Beattie 1 0
GK Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Begović 3 0
DF England Michael Clarkson 1 (1) 0
DF England Matthew Cohen 10 (1) 0
DF Wales Danny Collins 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Ryan Connor 3 0
DF England Leon Cort 5 0
FW England Richard Cresswell 1 0
DF England Andrew Davies 8 0
MF England Lucas Dawson 0 (2) 0
DF England Carl Dickinson 1 0
MF Senegal Salif Diao 1 0
MF Senegal Amdy Faye 8 0
MF England Zack Foster 3 0
DF England Andy Griffin 6 0
FW England Jack Harrison 2 (1) 0
DF England Alexander Hedley 6 0
DF England Danny Higginbotham 4 0
DF Germany Robert Huth 1 0
DF England Nicky Jackson 3 (2) 0
FW England Dave Kitson 4 0
MF England Matthew Lund 11 (2) 3
MF England Andy Nicholls 4 (1) 1
DF England Rodney McDonald 5 (1) 0
MF England Ben Marshall 1 0
MF England Cameron Mitchell 8 (1) 0
FW England Louis Moult 10 (5) 7
GK England Dave Parton 6 0
MF England Danny Pugh 8 0
DF England Ryan Shotton 2 0
FW Mali Mamady Sidibe 2 0
GK England Steve Simonsen 6 0
DF England Craig Sinclair 3 (1) 0
MF England Tom Soares 5 0
MF England Danny Stockhall 1 (3) 0
GK England Danzelle St Louis Hamilton 1 0
MF England Michael Tonge 4 1
MF England Tom Urwin 5 0
FW England Adam Vickers 1 (2) 0
MF England Nathaniel Wedderburn 5 (3) 0
MF England Andy Wilkinson 2 0
DF England Laton Wint 5 0

Academy[edit]

Academy Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Dave Parton
England DF Zack Foster
England DF Matthew Cohen
England DF Rod McDonald
England DF Alex Hedley
England DF Nicky Jackson
England DF Craig Sinclair
England DF Laton Wint
England DF Michael Clarkson
England MF Lucas Dawson
England MF Tom Urwin
No. Position Player
England MF Nathaniel Wedderburn
Republic of Ireland MF Ryan Connor
England MF Danny Stockhall
England MF Jack Harrison
England MF Andy Nicholls
England MF Cameron Mitchell
England FW Sam Whitehurst
Portugal FW Rico Gomez
England FW Adam Vickers
England FW Warwick Alexander
England FW Louis Moult

Academy League Results[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
1 22 August 2009 MK Dons H 2 – 2 Vickers, Cohen Report
2 29 August 2009 West Ham United A 1 – 0 Nicholls Report
3 5 September 2009 Derby County H 1 – 1 Nicholls Report
4 12 September 2009 Sheffield United H 2 – 1 Moult (2) Report
5 19 September 2009 Middlesbrough A 2 – 2 Moult, Alexander Report
6 26 September 2009 Crewe Alexandra A 1 – 1 Moult Report
7 3 October 2009 Blackburn Rovers H 0 – 1 Report
8 10 October 2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3 – 1 Vickers, Cohen (2) Report
9 17 October 2009 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 1 Moult Report
10 31 October 2009 Manchester City A 0 – 6
11 7 November 2009 West Bromwich Albion A 2 – 1 Moult, Cohen Report
12 21 November 2009 Everton A 0 – 1
13 12 December 2009 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Unknown
14 23 January 2010 Manchester United A 2 – 3 Nicholls, Own Goal Report
15 6 February 2010 Liverpool A 4 – 0 Moult, Gomez, Mitchell, Cohen Report
16 20 February 2010 Crewe Alexandra A 1 – 1 Mitchell
17 27 February 2010 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 1 Moult Report
18 6 March 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 0 Vickers Report
19 13 March 2010 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 2 Report
20 20 March 2010 Sunderland A 0 – 2
21 24 March 2010 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 2 Report
22 27 March 2010 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 1 Nicholls
23 12 April 2010 Liverpool H 0 – 3
24 17 April 2010 Huddersfield Town A 1 – 0 Mitchell Report
25 21 April 2010 Manchester United H 0 – 3 Report
26 24 April 2010 Barnsley H 0 – 1
27 27 April 2010 Everton H 2 – 1 Unknown Report
28 31 April 2010 Manchester City H 0 – 0

FA Youth Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
3 8 December 2009 Carlisle United A 1 – 0 Cohen Report
4 11 January 2010 Hull City H 1 – 2 Moult Report

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
Quarter Final 18 February 2010 Kidsgrove Athletic A 0 – 3 Report

See also[edit]

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