OTD 2006 | Stoke Hammer Leeds
The 2006-07 season had started poorly for Stoke.
A run of six consecutive draws was followed up by two defeats, prompting the organisation of a red card protest amongst supporters against the return of Tony Pulis.
Pulis was just nine games into his second spell when, arguably, he made the most important signing during his time at the club.
Lee Hendrie’s arrival ensured the red cards of protest stayed at home, with Stoke drawing 1-1 against Preston.
In the following week Rory Delap and Salif Diao were added to the ranks, with the pair making their debuts on this day a decade ago- away to Leeds.
Leeds had been relegated from the top flight two years before, and were still seen as a tough proposition away from home.
Not for Stoke though. Hendrie scored his first goal for the club with a delicious free-kick to open the scoring after just seven minutes.
The travelling support had to wait until the hour mark for more goals, but Stoke were always in control.
Andy Griffin cut inside to smack a shot past Neil Sullivan, before Danny Higginbotham thumped a header home minutes later.
That left it to one man to put the final icing on the cake.
Ricardo Fuller was a substitute at Elland Road, but he left his mark on the match with a glorious run and finish to make it 4-0 having replaced Vincent Pericard.
It was a memorable match that kick-started Pulis’ second spell. Stoke went on to win seven of their next nine matches to make a real push for promotion.
That promotion party was put on hold for 12 months, but it turned out pretty well!
Stoke City: Simonsen, Hoefkens, Duberry, Higginbotham, Griffin, Hendrie (Chadwick 85), Russell, Diao, (Brammer 82), Delap, Pericard (Fuller 66), Sidibe. Unused: Wilkinson, Bangoura.
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