In a regular feature in our matchday programme, Mark Mitchener looks at our playing connections as well as other trivia and connections we have to the Potters. Here is a snippet of what will be in tomorrow's Matchday.
South Africa-born striker Mark Stein scored over 200 goals in a 20-year career spanning nine clubs, but the two Football League clubs where he was most prolific were Stoke and Bournemouth.
Stein hit 22 goals in 1991/92 as the Potters reached the old Third Division play-off semi-finals where they lost to Stockport.
His time at Bournemouth started in the March of 1998 when he joined Mel Machin’s Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season.
In 1998/99, Stein enjoyed his most successful season in front of goal since his Stoke days. Playing up front with Steve Fletcher, his 25 goals took the Cherries to within a whisker of the Second Division play-offs.
Goalkeeper Roger Jones made nearly 700 Football League appearances for seven clubs between 1965 and 1985, including more than a century of games for Bournemouth and Stoke.
Jones had to wait until he joined Bournemouth in 1965 before his first-team chance came during Freddie Cox’s second spell as Cherries manager.
Jones only missed one league game in each of the 1966/67, 1967/68 and 1968/69 seasons.
The First Division beckoned in 1976 when he joined Newcastle, but he made just five appearances for the Magpies before a successful three-year spell with Stoke. The ups and downs of Jones’ time in the Potteries included promotion to the top flight in 1979, and an unwelcome scenario familiar to Cherries fans – an FA Cup defeat by Blyth Spartans in 1978.
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