By Natalie Whitehouse
There is one feeling in football that surpasses the rest in terms of pure jubilation: promotion to the Premier League. Whether it’s the sense of belonging to the elite twenty, or simply the anticipation of the season ahead, one thing’s for sure: everyone wants to be part of the best league in the world.
For the majority of teams, promotion England’s top flight means a giant step into the unknown with one aim: survival. And if your team’s mission is accomplished, the reality is that the next few seasons will be building on what you have in order to avoid relegation or “second season syndrome” as it is often so aptly labeled. A team who has excelled in the department of overcoming the relegation hurdle and fully establishing themselves in the Premier League are Midland’s high-flyers Stoke City. The Potters were promoted to the top flight in 2008 and have since finished in comfortable positions in the league table, reached the 2011 FA Cup final and are currently flying the flag for the Midlands in the Europa League. Read More