Boro boss Tony Pulis has a rich history with the Staffordshire club and is widely considered their most successful manager in the modern era having won promotion there, established the club as a top-flight force and led them into Europe after reaching the 2011 FA Cup Final.

Several players who featured under him at Stoke who also have time on Teesside on their CV.

Now part of Pulis' First Team coaching staff at the Riverside, Jonathan Woodgate's association with our manager stems from Stoke. The defender joined Pulis' Potters from Tottenham Hotspur on a pay-as-you-play arrangement in the summer of 2011, and made 21 appearances in his single season with the club. The following summer, he came home for his second spell with Boro, where he would end his playing career before moving in to coaching.

Another current Boro man with Stoke is Ryan Shotton. A Staffordshire lad, Shotts was handed his debut in the League Cup by Pulis in 2008, as well as his home bow and first league appearance in 2011. Stoke’s Young Player of the Year in 2012, Shotton made 70 appearances with the club before joining Derby County in 2014.

Having gained promotion to the Premier League twice with Sunderland, Dean Whitehead was signed by Stoke City in 2009. The midfielder was a regular in the centre of the pitch for Pulis' team, and made more than 150 appearances over four seasons including as a substitute in the FA Cup Final in 2011, and 10 in Europe the following season. He linked up with Boro in 2013, and was back at Wembley with the club for the 2014/15 Play-Off final, although again he was on the sling side. Whitehead did achieve a third promotion from the second tier with Huddersfield Town in 2017, the club where he ended his playing career last summer.

Robert Huth had been a popular figure during his three seasons with Boro, although injury perhaps prevented the German international from making a more signifiant impact for Gareth Southgate's team. Following the club's relegation in 2009, Huth transferred to Stoke City where he would rack up nearly 200 appearances - including that FA Cup Final. In a recent interview, the German defender says it was 'love at first sight' between him and the now-born boss. Huth joined Leicester in 2014, where he was of course part of the fairytale league title win (the third of his career, having been sparsely involved as a Chelsea youngster) in 2016.

Another defender who played for both clubs is Chris Riggott. A regular at the Riverside under Steve McClaren, Riggott was loaned to Pulis' Potters for an eight-game spell - largely due to the arrivals of Huth and Woodgate on Teesside. Riggott succeeded in helping Stoke secure a promotion place that campaign. Similarly, Andrew Davies was a Stoke player for four years after leaving Boro in 2008, although his appearances were limited and most of that time was spent in a series of loan moves including a return to Teesside in 2011.

Carlo Nash was a regular understudy for Stoke between 2008 and 2013, the goalkeeper having had a similar role for Boro between 2003 and 2005.

Tuncay Sanli joined Stoke just a day after teammate Robert Huth had made the same switch from newly-relegated Boro. The Turkish international wasn't quite as much of a success story as his German counterpart, and struggled to nail down a starting berth with The Potters. He scored eight times in 55 Stoke appearances before moving on to Wolfsburg, then managed by Steve McClaren. The now-retired mercurial forward also played for Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League before returning to Turkey with Bursaspor.

Danny Batth

Batth joined Boro on Deadline Day last summer after falling out of favour at Premier League Wolves. The defender made thirteen appearances during his six-month stay on Teesside, before being signed by Stoke City on a permanent basis back in January. He has so far played the same number of games in a Stoke shirt, given the captain's armband by Nathan Jones in the absence of Ryan Shawcross.

Shay Given was a popular figure in his brief spell at Boro, but opted to join Stoke City the following summer despite reported Boro interest in a return for the Irish goalkeeper.

Another Irishman, Graham Kavanagh, enjoyed the biggest part of his career with Stoke after his early days at Boro.

Peter Beagrie was one of just two players to leave us the summer after the club narrowly avoided administration in 1986, and would sign for Stoke after a spell at Sheffield United. Another Teessider-turned-TV man, Chris Kamara, was a teammate. 

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