Mark Holmes’ favourite Stoke City will make your eyes bleed

We spoke to Planet Football editor Mark Holmes about Mark Stein, purple Stoke shirts and Peter Crouch’s volley. 

What was your first ever football shirt?

I am certain my first ever shirt was a home shirt sponsored by Fradley Homes in 1990/91 but the earliest I have still got in my possession is the Ansells one from the following season, which you can see at the front of this picture with some of my other shirts from my early years!

What is your favourite ever shirt?

There is only so much you can do with red and white stripes so, as a Stoke fan, my favourite shirts have always been our away ones. We had a cracking green and black striped one with Carling on it during the mid 90s but I think my all-time favourite has to be this purple and white one from 1992.

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Stoke, Asics, 1992

I associate it with Mark Stein and winning the Autoglass Trophy at Wembley but even now I think it’s a great design. It is just a shame I can’t fit in it anymore!

What is your favourite ever goal? 

The Peter Crouch goal against Man City last season was probably the best I’ve ever seen and there was a Kevin Keen volley in the 95/96 season that I’ll never forget, but I have to say Mark Stein’s first in our 2-1 win over Man Utd in the League Cup in the 93/94 season. That man was unbelievable! 

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