About Stoke on Trent
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Stoke-on-Trent is well known as being the home of the pottery industry in England, but did you know….
1. The only footballer to be knighted while still playing was from Stoke-on-Trent
Sir Stanley Matthews was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. Sir Stanley spent time playing for both Stoke City and Blackpool, and also had a stint as manager at Port Vale. To this day, he is the only footballer to have been knighted while still playing the sport.
2. Stoke-on-Trent is the birthplace of the Spitfire
Reginald Mitchell, the chief designer of the Supermarine Spitfire – one of the most iconic fighter planes in the world – was born and raised in Butt Lane in Stoke-on-Trent. If it weren’t for the Spitfires integral role in the Battle of Britain victory, Britain may have been a very different place today!
3. Stoke-on-Trent was home to a number of famous rockers.
Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Lemmy out of Motorhead and Robbie Williams all grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. A number of Robbie Williams’ songs talk about his time growing up in the Stoke-on-Trent area, including “It’s Only Us” and “Burslem Normals”.
4. Captain Edward Smith, of RMS Titanic infamy, was from Stoke-on-Trent
Captain Smith was born in Hanley, one of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, in 1850. He was in charge of the RMS Titanic on its one and only voyage that saw it crash into an iceberg and sink in 1912.
5. Stoke-on-Trent is home to one of the oldest professional football clubs
Stoke City is the oldest club in the English Premier league, and also one of the oldest clubs in England. Stoke City was founded in 1863.