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Sunday 18 August 2013

On this day in 2010: Walters makes it back to the Premier League

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Stoke swooping for forward Jonathan Walters

  • Walters celebrates scoring against West Brom not long after he signed for The Potters

  • A young Walters gets an early taste of the Premier League action with Bolton Wanderers

  • Walters' form with Ipswich persuaded Stoke to pay for his signature

  • Walters has played 19 times for the Republic of Ireland rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 18 August 2010 - Jonathan Walters signs for Stoke City

Jonathan Walters enjoyed a brief flirtation with the Barclays Premier League when, as a 19-year-old, he made four appearances with a Bolton Wanderers team that narrowly avoided relegation with a final-day win over Middlesbrough.

Ten years later, the powerful forward is established in the League with Stoke City and a regular international with Ireland. After several years at a host of clubs in the lower leagues, it was on August 18th 2010 that Walters got himself back into the top division with a move from Ipswich Town to Stoke City.

Then Stoke manager Tony Pulis heralded his latest capture as “one of the outstanding performers in the Championship”, adding that he was “confident the lad can make the same sort of impact in the Premier League now that he has been given this opportunity.”

"This was the opportunity I had been working towards and I'm glad it's come at a club like Stoke.''
Jonathan Walters

Walters told ESPN at the time: "I had a sniff of it in my time at Bolton, but I knew that in dropping down the leagues, it would take a lot of hard work to get back there one day. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ipswich, especially being the captain of the club, but this was the opportunity I had been working towards and I'm glad it's come at a club like Stoke.''

“I am excited about moving here and it is the fulfilment of a long-term goal of mine to get back into the Premier League.”

With more than 100 Premier League appearances with Stoke City, and 21 goals, Walters can safely say that he has achieved his long-term goal to be a Barclays Premier League player.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Jonathan Walters got his chance to shine in the Premier League