Wednesday 08 January 2014

On this day in 2009: Etherington becomes a Stoke player

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Matthew Etherington's move to the Potteries

We remember Matthew Etherington moving to Stoke City, Neil Warnock departing Queens Park Rangers, Paul Scholes coming out of retirement and Chelsea drawing at Bradford

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

8 January 2009 - Stoke complete deal for Etherington

Winger Matthew Etherington completed his move from West Ham United to Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur player signed a three-year-and-a-half year at the Britannia Stadium and was the Potters' first signing of the transfer window.

Etherington, who began his career at Peterborough United, had spent five-and-a-half years at the Boleyn Ground and made nearly 200 appearances for the Hammers.

"Manager Tony Pulis made me realise this was the right move," he said. "Hopefully I can bring something going forward, make goals for the strikers and pop up with a few myself.

"I like to run with the ball and take on the full-back so that's what the supporters will see me do. I've heard about the noise the fans make so I'm looking forward to playing here."

And Pulis added: "We've been looking for a wide player with pace. Matthew has the ability to beat a player and run the ball from one end of the pitch to another. He scores goals and his set-pieces are good as well."

Etherington is still with Stoke City and has played 147 times for the Potters in the Barclays Premier League, scoring 13 goals.

The winger has been a key player during his spell at the Britannia Stadium, playing in the club's narrow FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City and featuring regularly in their UEFA Europa League campaign the following season.

  • Matthew Etherington joined Stoke from Spurs in the January transfer window

  • He became a key player for the Potters, helping them to the 2011 FA Cup final

  • One of his 13 Barclays Premier League goals came against his former side Spurs

  • To date, the winger has made 147 league appearances for Stoke

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 Stoke City signed Matthew Etherington from West Ham United