List of Stoke City F.C. players

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This article is about Stoke City players with 100+ appearances. For a list of all Stoke City players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Stoke City F.C. players. For the current Stoke City first-team squad, see Stoke City F.C.#First-team squad.

Stoke City F.C. is an English association football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The club was formed in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers F.C., and played their first competitive match in November 1883, when they entered the First Round of the 1883–84 FA Cup. In 1888 They joined the inaugural Football League thus becoming founding members. The club was renamed Stoke City F.C. in 1925, and they moved to Britannia Stadium in 1997. Since playing their first competitive match, more than 1000 players have made a competitive first-team appearance for the club, many of whom have played 100 matches+ (including substitute appearances); those players are listed here.

Despite a lack of success Stoke have had a number of famous players over the years such as Stanley Matthews, Gordon Banks, Jimmy Greenhoff and Denis Smith. Stoke City's record appearance-maker is Eric Skeels who made 592 appearances between 1959–1976. Stoke's top senior goalscorer is John Ritchie with 176 goals.

List of players[edit]

Statistics correct as of match played 29 August 2015

Table headers
  • Nationality – If a player played international football, the country/countries he played for are shown. Otherwise, the player's nationality is given as their country of birth.
  • Stoke City career – The year of the player's first appearance for Stoke City to the year of his last appearance.
  • Starts – The number of games started.
  • Sub – The number of games played as a substitute.
  • Total – The total number of games played, both as a starter and as a substitute.
Positions key
Pre-1960s Post-1960s
GK Goalkeeper
FB Full back DF Defender
HB Half back MF Midfielder
FW Forward
U Utility player1
Name Nationality Position Stoke City
career
Starts Subs Total Goals
Appearances
Skeels, EricEric Skeels  England DF 1959–1976 575 17 592 7
McCue, JohnJohn McCue  England DF 1946–1960 542 0 542 2
McGrory, BobBob McGrory  Scotland FB 1921–1935 511 0 511 0
Smith, DenisDenis Smith  England DF 1968–1982 487 1 488 41
Bloor, AlanAlan Bloor  England DF 1961–1977 474 4 478 19
Fox, PeterPeter Fox  England GK 1978–1993 477 0 477 0
Allen, TonyTony Allen  England DF 1957–1970 470 3 473 4
Marsh, JackieJackie Marsh  England DF 1967–1979 431 9 440 3
Bowyer, FrankFrank Bowyer  England FW 1937–1960 436 0 436 149
Mountford, FrankFrank Mountford  England U 1946–1957 425 0 425 24
Dodd, AlanAlan Dodd  England DF 1972–1982 410 8 418 4
Sellars, JohnJohn Sellars  England HB 1946–1958 413 0 413 15
Davies, HarryHarry Davies  England FW 1922–1937 411 0 411 101
Sellars, HarryHarry Sellars  England HB 1923–1935 395 0 395 19
Dobing, PeterPeter Dobing  England FW 1963–1973 367 6 372 94
Matthews, StanleyStanley Matthews  England MF 1932–1947
1961–1965
355 0 355 62
Spencer, BillyBilly Spencer  England FB 1926–1936 354 0 354 0
Oscroft, HarryHarry Oscroft  England FW 1950–1959 349 0 349 107
Ritchie, JohnJohn Ritchie  England FW 1962–1975 336 11 347 176
Greenhoff, JimmyJimmy Greenhoff  England FW 1969–1976 343 0 343 102
Pejic, MikeMike Pejic  England DF 1968–1976 343 0 343 9
Asprey, BillBill Asprey  England FB 1954–1965 341 0 341 26
Conroy, TerryTerry Conroy  Ireland FW 1967–1979 302 31 333 67
Mahoney, JohnJohn Mahoney  Wales MF 1967–1977 314 15 329 28
Sandford, LeeLee Sandford  England DF 1989–1996 321 3 324 13
Shawcross, RyanRyan Shawcross  England DF 2007– 317 4 321 22
Butler, JohnJohn Butler  England DF 1988–1995 314 5 319 9
Liddle, BobbyBobby Liddle  England MF 1928–1938 316 0 316 64
Turner, ArthurArthur Turner  England DF 1930–1939 312 0 312 17
King, JohnnyJohnny King  England FW 1953–1961 311 0 311 113
Thomson, KenKen Thomson  Scotland DF 1952–1960 302 0 302 7
O'Callaghan, BrendanBrendan O'Callaghan  Ireland FW 1977–1984 284 10 294 47
Burrows, HarryHarry Burrows  England FW 1965–1974 272 9 281 76
Cranson, IanIan Cranson  England MF 1989–1996 277 4 281 12
Archibald, BobbyBobby Archibald  Scotland FW 1925–1931 276 0 276 40
Milne, AlecAlec Milne  England FB 1912–1926 276 0 276 0
Beeston, CarlCarl Beeston  England MF 1985–1997 258 13 271 17
Berry, GeorgeGeorge Berry  Wales DF 1982–1990 261 8 269 30
Holford, TomTom Holford  England MF 1898–1908 269 0 269 33
Whelan, GlennGlenn Whelan  Ireland MF 2008– 224 45 269 8
Clarke, CliveClive Clarke  Ireland DF 1999–2005 242 22 264 10
Ratcliffe, DonDon Ratcliffe  England MF 1954–1963 260 0 260 19
Bradley, JamesJames Bradley  England FB 1898–1915 256 0 256 6
Clare, TommyTommy Clare  England FB 1883–1897 251 0 251 6
Steele, FreddieFreddie Steele  England FW 1933–1949 251 0 251 159
Banks, GordonGordon Banks  England GK 1967–1972 250 0 250 0
Robertson, BillBill Robertson  England GK 1952–1960 250 0 250 0
Kirton, JockJock Kirton  Scotland MF 1936–1952 249 0 249 2
Kavanagh, GrahamGraham Kavanagh  Ireland MF 1996–2001 234 10 244 45
Eastham, GeorgeGeorge Eastham  England MF 1966–1973 227 13 240 5
Schofield, JoeJoe Schofield  England FW 1891–1899 230 0 230 94
Sigurðsson, LárusLárus Sigurðsson  Iceland DF 1994–1999 225 3 228 7
Baddeley, GeorgeGeorge Baddeley  England HB 1901–1908 225 0 225 19
Tempest, BillyBilly Tempest  England MF 1912–1924 217 0 217 31
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas  England DF 2000–2005 215 2 217 8
Walters, JonathanJonathan Walters  Ireland FW 2010– 190 27 216 51
Herod, DennisDennis Herod  England GK 1946–1953 215 0 215 1
Overson, VinceVince Overson  England DF 1991–1996 212 3 215 7
Brodie, DavyDavy Brodie  Scotland HB 1889–1897 212 0 212 3
Bould, SteveSteve Bould  England DF 1980–1988 207 4 211 7
O'Connor, JamesJames O'Connor  Ireland MF 1996–2003 209 2 211 22
Wallace, RayRay Wallace  England DF 1994–1999 182 29 211 16
Delap, RoryRory Delap  Ireland MF 2006–2013 188 20 208 8
Fuller, RicardoRicardo Fuller  Jamaica FW 2006–2012 137 71 208 50
Gleghorn, NigelNigel Gleghorn  England FW 1992–1996 204 4 208 31
Sale, TommyTommy Sale  England FW 1930–1946 207 0 207 101
Viollet, DennisDennis Viollet  England FW 1962–1967 206 1 207 66
Baddeley, SamSam Baddeley  England DF 1908–1915 203 0 203 9
Keen, KevinKevin Keen  England MF 1994–2000 169 34 203 12
Armitage, LenLen Armitage  England HB 1924–1932 200 0 200 19
Dixon, BobBob Dixon  England GK 1922–1928 200 0 200 0
Tutin, ArthurArthur Tutin  England HB 1933–1939 198 0 198 3
Wilkinson, NormanNorman Wilkinson  England GK 1935–1951 198 0 198 0
Bussey, WalterWalter Bussey  England FW 1925–1932 197 0 197 50
Cairns, BobbyBobby Cairns  Scotland MF 1954–1961 196 0 196 11
Johnson, FreddieFreddie Johnson  England FW 1895–1903 196 0 196 20
Palmer, CalvinCalvin Palmer  England MF 1963–1967 196 0 196 27
Burgess, CharlieCharlie Burgess  England FB 1901–1907 195 0 195 0
Mould, BillyBilly Mould  England DF 1937–1951 194 0 194 0
Wilkinson, AndyAndy Wilkinson  England DF 2001–2015 152 42 194 0
Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson  England FW 1931–1937 193 0 193 57
Farmer, JohnJohn Farmer  England GK 1966–1974 192 0 192 0
Ormston, AlexanderAlexander Ormston  England MF 1937–1951 192 0 192 30
Saunders, CarlCarl Saunders  England FW 1982–1990 151 40 191 30
Malkin, JohnJohn Malkin  England DF 1947–1956 190 0 190 27
Mullineux, ErnestErnest Mullineux  England DF 1907–1914 189 0 189 0
Turner, GeorgeGeorge Turner  England DF 1908–1914 189 0 189 17
Huth, RobertRobert Huth  Germany DF 2009–2015 183 5 188 18
Thorne, PeterPeter Thorne  England FW 1997–2001 172 16 188 80
Eccles, JackJack Eccles  England FB 1890–1900 187 0 187 1
Simonsen, SteveSteve Simonsen  England GK 2004–2010 180 7 187 0
Muggleton, CarlCarl Muggleton  England GK 1993–2001 185 1 186 0
Sidibe, MamadyMamady Sidibe  Mali FW 2005–2013 164 22 186 26
Soo, FrankFrank Soo  England FW 1933–1945 185 0 185 10
Russell, DarelDarel Russell  England MF 2003–2008 176 6 182 16
Biggins, WayneWayne Biggins  England FW 1989–1994 168 13 181 63
Heath, PhilPhil Heath  England MF 1983–1988 166 13 179 19
Bernard, MikeMike Bernard  England DF 1965–1972 167 10 177 11
Etherington, MatthewMatthew Etherington  England MF 2009–2014 153 24 177 16
Baker, FrankFrank Baker  England FW 1936–1949 174 0 174 33
Maxwell, WilliamWilliam Maxwell  Scotland FW 1895–1900 173 0 173 85
Watkin, ArthurArthur Watkin  England FW 1913–1925 172 0 172 74
Begović, AsmirAsmir Begović  Bosnia and Herzegovina GK 2010–2015 170 2 172 1
Lewis, NormanNorman Lewis  England GK 1929–1935 170 0 170 0
Wilson, MarcMarc Wilson  Ireland MF 2010– 154 16 170 1
Wilson, CharlieCharlie Wilson  England FW 1925–1930 167 0 167 120
Clarke, GeorgeGeorge Clarke  England HB 1919–1923 165 0 165 4
Shaw, GrahamGraham Shaw  England FW 1985–1995 124 41 165 29
Crooks, GarthGarth Crooks  England FW 1976–1980 154 10 164 53
Franklin, NeilNeil Franklin  England DF 1946–1950 162 0 162 0
Hudson, AlanAlan Hudson  England MF 1974–1985 161 1 162 9
Williamson, TomTom Williamson  Scotland HB 1926–1930 162 0 162 15
Guðjónsson, BjarniBjarni Guðjónsson  Iceland MF 2000–2003 143 18 161 17
Gunnarsson, BrynjarBrynjar Gunnarsson  Iceland MF 2000–2004 155 6 161 20
Whitehead, DeanDean Whitehead  England MF 2009–2013 117 43 160 5
Richmond Roose, LeighLeigh Richmond Roose  Wales GK 1901–1907 159 0 159 0
Mountford, GeorgeGeorge Mountford  England FW 1946–1950 158 0 158 29
Hampton, PeterPeter Hampton  England DF 1980–1984 152 4 156 4
Crouch, PeterPeter Crouch  England FW 2011– 122 33 155 42
Howitt, BobbyBobby Howitt  Scotland HB 1958–1963 150 0 150 16
O'Neill, JimmyJimmy O'Neill  Ireland GK 1960–1964 149 0 149 0
Smith, AlfAlf Smith  England FW 1903–1915 149 0 149 72
McIlroy, SammySammy McIlroy  Northern Ireland MF 1982–1985 143 1 144 14
Carr, CliffCliff Carr  England DF 1987–1991 134 9 143 1
Rowley, BillBill Rowley  England GK 1887–1896 143 0 143 0
Haslegrave, SeanSean Haslegrave  England MF 1970–1976 132 10 142 8
Richardson, PaulPaul Richardson  England MF 1977–1981 137 5 142 11
Bracewell, PaulPaul Bracewell  England MF 1979–1983 135 6 141 6
Smith, WilliamWilliam Smith  England FW 1909–1913 141 0 141 62
Ware, PaulPaul Ware  England MF 1987–1994 115 26 141 14
Robertson, JimmyJimmy Robertson  Scotland MF 1972–1977 121 19 140 14
Watkins, MartMart Watkins  Wales FW 1900–1908 139 0 139 52
Griffin, AndyAndy Griffin  England DF 1996–2010 126 11 137 5
Parkin, SteveSteve Parkin  England DF 1983–1989 128 9 137 5
Beachill, ArthurArthur Beachill  England FB 1926–1933 136 0 136 0
Henry, KarlKarl Henry  England MF 2000–2006 75 61 136 1
Christie, DavyDavy Christie  Scotland HB 1889–1894 135 0 135 3
Dickson, WilliamWilliam Dickson  Scotland FW 1892–1896 135 0 135 48
Ford, TonyTony Ford  England MF 1986–1989 135 0 135 14
Sturgess, AlbertAlbert Sturgess  England FB 1902–1908 135 0 135 4
Foley, SteveSteve Foley  England MF 1992–1994 134 0 134 13
Salmons, GeoffGeoff Salmons  England MF 1974–1977 131 3 134 16
Stein, MarkMark Stein  England FW 1992–1997 134 0 134 72
Wood, AlfAlf Wood  England HB 1895–1901 134 0 134 10
Scrimshaw, CharlieCharlie Scrimshaw  England FB 1929–1938 132 0 132 0
Jones, KenwyneKenwyne Jones  Trinidad and Tobago FW 2004–2005
2010–2014
93 37 130 31
Underwood, AlfAlf Underwood  England FB 1887–1893 130 0 130 0
Andrew, RonRon Andrew  England DF 1957–1963 129 0 129 2
Jones, JoeJoe Jones  Wales DF 1911–1920 129 0 129 12
Lightbourne, KyleKyle Lightbourne  Bermuda FW 1998–2001 100 29 129 25
Sørensen, ThomasThomas Sørensen  Denmark GK 2008–2015 128 1 129 0
Doyle, MikeMike Doyle  England DF 1978–1981 128 0 128 6
Higginbotham, DannyDanny Higginbotham  England DF 2006–2013 125 3 128 14
Robertson, TomTom Robertson  Scotland DF 1894–1900 128 0 128 3
Coleman, NevilleNeville Coleman  England FW 1953–1958 126 0 126 52
Hurst, GeoffGeoff Hurst  England FW 1972–1975 123 5 126 37
Robertson, WilliamWilliam Robertson  Scotland DF 1929–1933 126 0 126 3
Lawrence, LiamLiam Lawrence  Ireland MF 2006–2010 108 17 125 24
Bebbington, KeithKeith Bebbington  England FW 1962–1966 123 1 124 22
Chamberlain, MarkMark Chamberlain  England MF 1982–1985 122 2 124 18
Brittleton, TomTom Brittleton  England FB 1920–1925 123 0 123 5
Dyson, PaulPaul Dyson  England DF 1983–1986 123 0 123 5
Higginson, SamSam Higginson  England U 1899–1904 123 0 123 23
Painter, IanIan Painter  England FW 1982–1986 114 9 123 24
Griffiths, ArthurArthur Griffiths  England FW 1905–1912 121 0 121 51
Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton  England GK 1974–1977 121 0 121 0
Maguire, PaulPaul Maguire  Scotland MF 1980–1984 105 15 120 25
Thomas, MickeyMickey Thomas  Wales MF 1983–1991 113 7 120 22
N'Zonzi, StevenSteven N'Zonzi  France MF 2012–2015 117 3 120 7
Brigham, HarryHarry Brigham  England FB 1936–1946 119 0 119 0
Carruthers, MartinMartin Carruthers  England FW 1993–1996 80 39 119 20
Heath, AdrianAdrian Heath  England MF 1979–1982 115 3 118 17
Broad, JimmyJimmy Broad  England FW 1921–1923 116 0 116 67
McIlroy, JimmyJimmy McIlroy  Northern Ireland MF 1963–1965 114 2 116 19
Martin, AlanAlan Martin  England U 1951–1955 115 0 115 6
Mohan, NickyNicky Mohan  England DF 1999–2001 115 0 115 7
Cameron, GeoffGeoff Cameron  United States MF 2012– 102 13 115 2
Brammer, DaveDave Brammer  England MF 2005–2007 96 16 112 3
Jones, RogerRoger Jones  England GK 1977–1980 112 0 112 0
Bridgwood, GerryGerry Bridgwood  England MF 1960–1968 106 5 111 8
Kinnell, GeorgeGeorge Kinnell  Scotland DF 1963–1966 109 2 111 8
Orlygsson, ToddyToddy Orlygsson  Iceland MF 1993–1995 107 4 111 19
Stevenson, WillieWillie Stevenson  Scotland MF 1967–1973 98 13 111 7
Smith, DickieDickie Smith  England HB 1919–1922 110 0 110 2
Bourne, GeorgeGeorge Bourne  England DF 1952–1956 109 0 109 1
Fielding, RossRoss Fielding  England MF 1902–1908 109 0 109 12
Wilshaw, DennisDennis Wilshaw  England FW 1957–1961 109 0 109 50
Forsyth, RichardRichard Forsyth  England MF 1996–1999 102 6 108 18
Maskery, ChrisChris Maskery  England MF 1982–1987 96 12 108 5
Chapman, LeeLee Chapman  England FW 1978–1982 103 4 107 38
Diao, SalifSalif Diao  Senegal MF 2006–2012 82 24 106 1
Peppitt, SydSyd Peppitt  England MF 1936–1950 106 0 106 29
Evans, RayRay Evans  England DF 1979–1982 105 0 105 2
Hemming, ChrisChris Hemming  England MF 1984–1989 96 9 105 2
Morgan, NickyNicky Morgan  England FW 1986–1990 88 16 104 26
Bertschin, KeithKeith Bertschin  England FW 1984–1987 93 10 103 33
Iwelumo, ChrisChris Iwelumo  Scotland FW 2000–2004 52 51 103 22
Adam, CharlieCharlie Adam  Scotland MF 2012– 64 39 103 18
Cooke, AndyAndy Cooke  England FW 2000–2003 78 24 102 23
Duberry, MichaelMichael Duberry  England DF 2004–2007 102 0 102 1
Kevan, DaveDave Kevan  Scotland MF 1990–1993 96 6 102 2
Baddeley, AmosAmos Baddeley  England FW 1907–1912 101 0 101 56
Naughton, WillieWillie Naughton  Scotland FW 1890–1895 101 0 101 25
Prudhoe, MarkMark Prudhoe  England GK 1993–1997 100 1 101 0
Elder, AlexAlex Elder  Northern Ireland DF 1967–1972 94 6 100 1
Vernon, RoyRoy Vernon  Wales FW 1965–1970 97 3 100 24
Ward, GavinGavin Ward  England GK 1999–2002 100 0 100 0

Notes[edit]

  • ^ A utility player is one who is considered to play in more than one position.

References[edit]

  • Matthews, Tony (1997). Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 1-85983-100-1. 
  • Lowe, Simon (2005). Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2.