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Stoke v City: Connections part II

Ahead of Saturday's meeting at the Britannia Stadium, we hunt down five more links between City and Stoke...

David Watson

England defensive general David Watson turned out for both Stoke and City in a successful career which spanned 20 years and brought him 66 international caps.

Watson was a part of the City team to beat Newcastle United in the final of 1976 League Cup and he would go on to captain the Blues as they finished in a respectable fourth place in 1977/78.

He went on to spend time at Werder Bremen and Southampton before joining Stoke 1982 where he played more than 50 games in a year-long stint at the Victoria Ground.


Peter Beagrie

Somersaulting winger Peter Beagrie is still fondly remembered with the City faithful for his exciting performances on the flanks during three seasons at Maine Road in the mid-nineties.

Under Brian Horton, City played some magical football with the front four of Nicky Summerbee, Uwe Rosler, Paul Walsh and Beagrie carving up defences in the 1994/95 season, scoring 47 goals between them.

Before all that, one of Beagrie’s first clubs was Stoke City where he made more than 50 appearances in the late eighties before catching Everton’s eye.

Mike Doyle

Doyle is another man on this list to have ascended the age-groups to become a Manchester City institution between 1962 and 1978.

The utility man may only have appeared five times for his country but he was an integral member of the City side that won the title in 1968, as well as the 1970 and 1976 League Cups and 1970 European Cup Winners Cup.

He left for the Victoria Ground in 1978 and proved he still had plenty to offer, making more than 100 appearances for the Potters, winning their Player of the Season award in 1979.

Joe Corrigan

“Big Joe” made more than 500 appearances for City in a 16-year playing stint at City, winning the European Cup Winners Cup and League Cup double in 1970.

He travelled to the Spain 82 World Cup but his chances were limited by the presence of Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton, meaning he only won a total of nine international caps in his career.

Corrigan was winding down his career when he joined Stoke City in 1984 and only appeared on nine occasions for the Potters.

Asa Hartford

Clydebank-born midfield warrior Asa Hartford had a brief spell as Stoke City caretaker manager in 1993 when he had joined ex-international teammates Joe Jordan and Lou Macari on the coaching staff.

Before all that, he plied his trade at City over two spells as part of his richly diverse and trophy-laden playing career. Hartford played more than 300 times for the Blues over a decade, between 1974 and in 1984. 

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