They share the same city, Stoke-on-Trent – the smallest in England with more than one professional club – but have had contrasting fortunes in the Premier League era.
The Potters established themselves in the Premier League despite being widely derided in the national media for the style of play under its former manager, Tony Pulis.
Vale almost went to the wall.
What lessons are there for the wider national game – ones to be learned far beyond the Potteries?
This book is for all football fans, not just those supporting Stoke and Vale, but anyone concerned about the future of the people’s game, the beautiful game.
At times controversial as it recounts Stoke’s time in establishing itself in the Premier League, it will divide opinion among fans – even those from the same club!
It aims though to provoke an important debate on the future of the game, one too often held in the past from a Metropolitan perspective.
Why Delilah? Breaking down the Premier League door offers a different perspective; one from the Potteries a proud working class district of England, steeped in football history.
John Leonard is a life-long Stoke fan and a journalist with more than three decades experience.
“Why Delilah? Breaking down the Premier League door” published by North Staffordshire Press, November 2014.