Stoke City’s 1972 League Cup winning heroes will be re-treading much of the famous bus route they enjoyed the day after their Wembley triumph.
The Cup winners – including Gordon Banks, Denis Smith and Terry Conroy – will be aboard the 67 year-old original bus from 45 years ago when they re-stage their homecoming on Sunday March 12.
Their journey this time begins not from Barlaston Station, as in 1972, but from the bet365 Stadium where a vintage car rally featuring some 200 vehicles will be taking place.
And their 10-mile trip around the Potteries, which is scheduled to last an hour, will end at the King’s Hall in Stoke – as in 1972 – where the Lord Mayor will host a civic reception for the players and guests.
Terry Conroy, scorer of Stoke’s first goal in the 2-1 Wembley win over Chelsea, said: “The vast majority of the lads who played that day will be on the coach for the parade on March 12 and I’m sure it will be a fantastic occasion for us and the city.
“George Eastham, who scored our winning goal that day, is coming over from South Africa. He says he wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
The official route is……….
bet365 stadium – depart at 12pm.
Stanley Matthews Way
Left turn on to Trentham Road towards Longton town centre
Weston Coyney Road
Park Hall Road
Arrive at Kings Hall at approximately 1pm.
* Tickets for the meal at the Kings Hall cost £40 per person or £400 for a table of ten. It costs £10 to exhibit cars at the car rally, with the first 200 to sign up being allowed to take part in the cavalcade. Tickets for both events are available by contacting Denise Powell in the Lord Mayor’s Office on 01782 232625. All proceeds will go to the Lord Mayor’s charities.