Stoke City last night officially launched their new away kit for the 2012/13 season which has been specifically designed to mark the Club’s 150th anniversary.
Tony Pulis’ side will play in the new navy and cardinal colours once worn by the Stoke Ramblers following the formation of the Club back in 1863. It is one of the striking features of the away kit. The historic significance of the 2012-13 season is also reflected in a specially-adapted Club badge and the use of the 1863-2013 dateline on the back. Stoke Ramblers played in similar colours right at the outset, although it was hoops rather than stripes on their shirts back in those early days. The club also played in a striped version of the same colours, on two occasions in the 1890s and then again after the reformation as Stoke FC in 1908.
The adaptation of the badge is notable for ‘150 years’ replacing 1863, while it carries the Club motto Vis Unita Fortior underneath -United Strength Is Stronger. The badge and the dateline on the back of the neck will also feature on the new home shirt for the 2012-13 season which will be launched at a later date.