The case for and against Stoke City has become increasingly exaggerated since their promotion to the Premier League. They are painted as destroyers of football, or the perfect example of how to establish a less fancied club in the Premier League. I have no strong view on their exploits either way; I would not go out of my way to watch a Stoke match, but I would not dispute that they can be entertaining, or that their fans produce an atmosphere rarely seen or heard in other Premier League stadiums.
There is, however, something increasingly grating about the constant reference to Stoke as the most terrifying challenge that awaits new arrivals to the English game.
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