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The Worst Things in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire*

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The Worst Things
  • People have complained about the youths who reside here, yet I think it unfair to comment so harshly without fully comprehending the back stories as such, many are like the statement used when overcoming, for example, an apiphobia, they`re more scared of you than you are of them.
  • People have complained about the youths who reside here, yet I think it unfair to comment so harshly without fully comprehending the back stories as such, many are like the statement used when overcoming, for example, an apiphobia, they`re more scared of you than you are of them.
  • Hello, My name is Sam (a.k.a weirdy beardy). I do apologise.....just bear with me.....ahh that's better, sorry guys I had some clay in my teeth. Yeah anyway Im from stoke, obviously I am not going to challenge anybody's opinion because the majority of you are right. But don't you think commenting on how people dress, speak and look is a bit playground???. Fair enough your entitled to your opinion but your just contradicting yourself's. And some of you sound like depressed little "outsiders" that are sitting in our shite uni halls because your are not intelligent enough to get into a prestigious university therefore "the worst uni in europe" is your only option, can you see where I am coming from ??? now come on lets just settle down. and apologies for the chavvys in hanley, chell heath etc... . if you fancy a good place to eat or drink try hector garcia's, Blakeys, or the old brown jug in newcastle under lyme. Anyway best be off, this clay isn't going to eat itself ;). nom nom.
  • Moved to stoke about 8 months ago, my life has always been pretty crazy and I have moved around a lot... I have to say stoke makes me so sad... :( I feel isolated like never before in my entire life. It seems like everything here is dead. There is just nothing here of any worth, I spend my days racking my brains of how I am going to get myself out of here! I wish it wasn't so, I'm getting older and would love somewhere to settle but not here please god not here! Sorry stokies you've done me no wrong so far so I'm not faulting you guys, I just get a terrible feeling from this place and just feel so depressed being here. :(
  • Not safe place norton estate not for kids 10 went missing around there thank god were I live is safe to walk
  • there is nothing wrong with stoke
  • I lived in middleport yes the awful part the I moved to stoke at 21 years old from buckinghamshire big shock the whole palce still gives me nightmares now I mean nightmares of how bad my life was when I lived for one year in middleport stoke on trent I can honestly say hand on heart in my whole 32 years ive never been to a place like it and hope to never again the people werent to bad as i say good and bad in every one but that small town of middleport haunts me to this day a year I would rather forget !!!!
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  • U people who slag stoke off need sort your lives out, this city is legendary, i mean there not many citys in this country who still use their fists for fighting, haha u call da men plastic gangsters, the onlimen who are plastic in stoke is the ones who aint even stokies; an they dont last long till the y get terrord da fuck out ov here wiv all there trash talk bout i shoot u up or merc u up, yea mate till u try shoot me but miss and hit an innocent person, then u go for your knife an we take it off u an put it in bin, an then if u dont run off u cum for a go wiv fists an get put down, so u decide to leave town an start slaggin it off, i read an article earlier about 1 ov u whinin about our council well well ya dik u cant be all that if u had to endure our council for years so u cant act as if u r all dat if u were on council for years best of it u probly on housin benefits ya hypocritic twat, an as for our council estares well im from a town from meir an i dont live their now but my family still do but i still go their every weekend to visit them an mates but let me say this, i was born n bread in meir an it usd to be ruff, im 30 now an i have an always will love dat town, i sed to the missus when we hanve kids we wil move bak their because it a great town an all the people in it r great we aint mates we r 1 big family an meir used to b biggest shit hole in stoke but now it bin done up like all the other towns have in stoke, an for our football teams been shit well we have stoke who r tenth in prem and the highest ranked midlands team at mo wiv west brom, congrads to them gud team now, an then we have vale top ov champ league 2 prob get promoted this season so, oh 4got say highest scoring team in country so far, so for not a very rich city we have da highest scoring team in the country in our city and we have the 10th best team in da country and wait for this da highest ranked team out ov all midland teams an it all cums down to real people, da stoke fans r probly 1 ov loudest an r proudest an most loyal in the world wen it comes to supporting their team, i mean cum on if stoke had 40 or 50 thousand seater the country wud have an earthquake everyother satday an delilah wud b heard around country, i mean cum on they already dun tests an it bin proven stoke r loudest in country by miles an they r most loyal too wiv castle an liverpool but it all comes down to 1 thing u bunch ov hypocrytes, reality, real people, yes we mite not be da richest city we r 1 ov onli a few citys without a cathedral, but we r not dreamers, if we say we goin do fings we do it, we dont hide behind guns or knives like a lot ov other citys do know an we defo aint overun buy smackheads because all the junkies have got off it cuz it shit ,i know because a few ov my mates use to b 1 they say it not even worth buyin da shit no more they reckon they wud rather go jail 4 nuffin than go 4 that shit, but yea we do hav few rats who wont get off it till it puts them in a box but dont every city in country, i mean it sez summate wen u big rich citys cant even supply so called stoke on smack wiv drugs wat r even worth buyin, but hey we can onli thank u for dat cuz i have seen sum good mates ov mine go down dat road but have now bin clean an r doin well in lfe, so where wre we, oh yea we aint no bigwig i am mister or miss important people who fink they all dat wen they no they not an they have never bin heard ov, an if their is they get told to fuck rate off strate away, their is stuk up people everywhere in country, people who make out to b summate they not an they get told to get real or fuck off too, c that 1 fing a true stokie hates an that is a fake daydream believer 2 faced im gangster no1 i watch to many gangster films ni gonna shoot u up or merc u up plastic wannabe wasters who r far too stuck up their own arse or r brainwashed by all da gadgets wat your hitech rich citys hav supplied u wiv u bin ov fukin dillusional hypocrytes who need to get a life an cum bak down to real world, no dont google earth it u tits or google summate about it an then slag us off for it, dont ask your stokie student mate who is onli goin slag it off himself becuz he cudnt handle real world, u cum up to our very real city an c wat u fink, if u dont like it u say wat u dont like about it dont start sayin shit wat u dont no, or if u have lived ere but moved out then u either got terrorized out an never faught bak likevreal men supposed to do or u cant handle the real world or i seen earlier on a stoke man was slaggin it off well he still lived ere cum on u knob every englishman shud alwayz remember an love his roots, the onli fing is i cud say bout u is u r livin in the real world but u cant handle it u prob a facebook geek an computer geek, an u were born to rich mummy an daddy an prob never set foot on 1 ov our cobbles in our council estsate ever, u r da kind ov person who is brainwashed an u onli hear wat da media want u too hear or c wat they want u too c, u r the kind ov person dat is goin to b microchipped as soon as they bring it out in this country yes that rite so all u fake im this an that braainwashed tits u all goin get ya chip soon ya fick cunts maybe a year or too, an yea i hope they do put a big 15 foot wall around this city an then we will finally be rid ov all u fakers an 4 the ones who rleft innit well i hope u get terrored untill u finally kick off yourself an learn to fight like a true stokie soldier an then your eyes will finally be opened up to da real world an then u wud luv it, shit u wud proly ebd up in stokes loudest footvall ground in the country an b blowin dat 15 foot wall around city strate around the country so they cud get a piece ov memerobillia from real world so guyz dont judge a book by its cover dont knock it till u tried it dont hate it till u taste it becuz we r the most loyal and loud and real people' not just to our city but too our country which in my eyes a real englishman should love the city an country he was born an raised in, 2 all u fakers out there dont 4get ya roots and enuff respect to all stokie soldiers an meir crew peace Cr
  • You Stokies have short memories about us so called Brummies who you all hate. It was people like me collecting money for you and standing next to you on the picket line during the miners strike. My kids, youngest 12months old at the time could say pig and scab before anything else. So think on I personally raised in excess of £3000 and this in mid 80's. You ungrateful lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • People especially the women (ugly) are so rude they push and shove everywhere! Secondly the high BNP membership, I hate rascism. Every new commer is treated like a potential threat to national security.
  • The people with a mentality of a hamster, the place should be raised to the ground the permatanned women hosed down with water cannon and provided with decent clothes which cover their decency. the place is a shit hole and a carbunkle on the face of the earth.
  • Glad I moved away full of druggies,thieves and women beaters worst place ever the ppl r vile
  • To all the racist people saying stoke is full ov racist,smack eds and scumbags don't live in the real world it doesn't matter where you are in the world there is going to be bad people and good people most are bad people. Open your eyes people its not stoke on Trent its the world that's bad I'm not perfect most off us who live in Britain have got it at the very best. Why can't we all just get along as the old saying goes never jug a book by its cover at lest we don't live in a 3rd world country living in poverty and most of them get by living off rice for the rest ov there life, we get free hand outs of the government if we don't earn more than £34000 per year and if you lose your job we get money to live on and people saying there's no jobs in stoke if you look for a job you will get one asap and for those people saying that stokies say we are northerner's iv lived here for 26 years and not heard one stokie say that for a start we are WEST MIDLANDS! treat every body with equality and diversity. life is for loving and not hating
  • To all the racist people saying stoke is full ov racist,smack eds and scumbags don't live in the real world it doesn't matter where you are in the world there is going to be bad people and good people most are bad people. Open your eyes people its not stoke on Trent its the world that's bad I'm not perfect most off us who live in Britain have got it at the very best. Why can't we all just get along as the old saying goes never jug a book by its cover at lest we don't live in a 3rd world country living in poverty and most of them get by living off rice for the rest ov there life, we get free hand outs of the government if we don't earn more than £34000 per year and if you lose your job we get money to live on and people saying there's no jobs in stoke if you look for a job you will get one asap and for those people saying that stokies say we are northerner's iv lived here for 26 years and not heard one stokie say that for a start we are WEST MIDLANDS! treat every body with equality and diversity. life is for loving and not hating
  • To all the racist people saying stoke is full ov racist,smack eds and scumbags don't live in the real world it doesn't matter where you are in the world there is going to be bad people and good people most are bad people. Open your eyes people its not stoke on Trent its the world that's bad I'm not perfect most off us who live in Britain have got it at the very best. Why can't we all just get along as the old saying goes never jug a book by its cover at lest we don't live in a 3rd world country living in poverty and most of them get by living off rice for the rest ov there life, we get free hand outs of the government if we don't earn more than £34000 per year and if you lose your job we get money to live on and people saying there's no jobs in stoke if you look for a job you will get one asap and for those people saying that stokies say we are northerner's iv lived here for 26 years and not heard one stokie say that for a start we are WEST MIDLANDS! treat every body with equality and diversity. life is for loving and not hating
  • To all the racist people saying stoke is full ov racist,smack eds and scumbags don't live in the real world it doesn't matter where you are in the world there is going to be bad people and good people most are bad people. Open your eyes people its not stoke on Trent its the world that's bad I'm not perfect most off us who live in Britain have got it at the very best. Why can't we all just get along as the old saying goes never jug a book by its cover at lest we don't live in a 3rd world country living in poverty and most of them get by living off rice for the rest ov there life, we get free hand outs of the government if we don't earn more than £34000 per year and if you lose your job we get money to live on and people saying there's no jobs in stoke if you look for a job you will get one asap and for those people saying that stokies say we are northerner's iv lived here for 26 years and not heard one stokie say that for a start we are WEST MIDLANDS! treat every body with equality and diversity. life is for loving and not hating
  • where shall i start oh yes with the ugly retard thick fuckers who havent even got the brains to know they live in a boring sub standard crap hole cos most ov them av never ventured out of stoke so dont know any different i was born here but wish i came from anywhere else on earth but this deppressing no hope bombsite full ov small minded rasist scum bags.
  • Lost of people have said "if you haven't lived here then you don't know". I lived in stoke for 24 years (born and raised) and i say burn it to the ground. The worst thing about it is the people.
  • lots of people have said that if you've never lived there you can't comment... 24 years... knock it all down then wipe it from the history books i say
  • DEMOLISHION OF THE WEEL KNOWN PLACES ABC CINEMA UNITY HOUSE
  • AndieStokie and his family performing incestual acts, disgusting!
  • Where to start? Me and my girlfriend came to Stoke to study at Uni, and have spent nearly 2 years here. We are moving (finally!), as far away from this fucking shithole as possible. 1st. The people. The majority of the people in Stoke are stupid, ignorant, illiterate, fat, sweaty, obnoxious mother fuckers. The rest are just the same but to a lesser degree. They have no get up and go, other wise they would have gotten their arses out of here a long time ago. They obsess over oatcakes (taste like shit), pottery (100 years ago, move on), football (both Stoke and Port Vale are fucking wank), Robbie (twat), and just how good they think the area is. Wake up!! No business in their right mind would move here, and they don't, the people are too fucking idle to get of their arses and work. 2nd. The area. Instead of Stoke being the city centre, it is actually Hanley. What the fuck?!!! Stoke is home to some of the biggest slums in Europe, mainly Burslem (ghost town), Chell Heath (the Marines need to go in and just massacre everyone there. Every person in that place is a worthless piece of shit), etc, etc. I have never seen so little green anywhere before. When you drive back to Stoke from anywhere else, I swear that it actually gets greyer. The Council. WORST COUNCIL IN THE U.K. (actually voted the worst council in the U.K). Absolutely fucking useless. The people on the end of the phone struggle to put sentences together, the most unprofessional organization I have ever dealt with. Actually managed to charge us for two properties at the same time. Official letters were riddled with spelling mistakes, grammar fuck ups, etc. They struggle to even empty the bins properly, and they are one of, if not the only council in the whole of the U.K. not to recycle. The roads are in a fucking terrible condition, half paved in some areas. They got a grant from the government, but instead of spending it actually doing the area up, they decided to erect shite sculptures everywhere. Idiots. It is no wonder businesses are leaving here faster than you can say, "fucking Stokies". Services. The bus station is a slum, a prime location for all of the inbred genetic retards to hang out in. Satuday night in Hanley is shit. It is O.K on a Monday, but that is because the majority of people up there on Monday are students (who are not from Stoke). Every other night, it consists of twats running around, trying to mate with the fat pigs around here they call women. Conclusion. Do not move here. Do not visit. If you can drive around it, do. It may take a bit more time, but it'll be worth it. I would even consider erecting a fence, 12 foot or above, so that no one can get in, and more importantly, no Stokies can get out.
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  • too many people with a strange look in their eyes.
  • People who moan about Stoke on Trent, if you don't like it you all seem to know where the M6 is so get on it and get lost. I bet not one of those people who wrote negative comments ever get off their arses and try and do something to benefit others (becouse they are so self centered) So if you don't like it try and do something to change it, thousands of other people do amazing things voluntarily instead of moaning about it.
  • I came here in the morning to meet with friends at 2pm, trying to desperately fight off my overwhelming comedown. well. 6 hours later I felt like committing suicide; after being accosted by a strange old man, sitting in a pub with garden furniture indoors (and manky tasting Guinness), being swamped by a nasty smell of "old dirty tube station" conflicting with a weird overpowering kind of incense that seemed to be in a perpetual war with the other smell; the fact that when I met with my friends we ended up going on a 5ish mile round walk in the boiling heat, with lots of hills, being told seemingly random directions by people who bore an overwhelming similarity to those of the league of gentlemen, directions which turned out to be utterly conflicting all along; the scared look of the locals when some "out of town" people approach them to ask a question, the fact that when we went to get some chilled bottled water they had none but did have plenty of foreign coke bottles and overpriced piss orange juice; the strange spasms a local had in his mouth when he mentioned "those new buildings" whilst pointing (he had a yellow beard too, which was rather foul), The bunch of gruntish ugly chavs who managed to find us 3 times on our completley unpredictable 5 mile round trip to hurl insults at us, the fact the taxi driver almost rammed into the back of someone (who did make a ridiculous stop in the most foolish off places) and then got quite angry, the fact later on in that trip an improperly closed van threw a steel bucket full of bulky crap onto the road; which then further enraged the taxi driver, though the van driver seemed to be utterly insane at the prospect that the taxi driver was angry at him. The perpetual fear exhibited when the big (nice, but absolutely full of trash) park comes into conversation. yea. well, I'm not going there again.
  • WELL THE WORST FINGS R NOSY FUCKIN KEYBOARD GANGSTERS/SOUTHERNERS WHO FINK STOKES A SHITHOLE GO SCREW YASEN CUZ WE DNT FUCKIN CARE ABWT UR OPINIONS ANYWAY U MUST LYK STOKE THE WAY U BOTHER 2 WASTE UR TYM RYTIN SHIT ABWT IT SO GO GET A LYF N STOP ''ACTIN'' ARD CUZ WE ALL NO IF U CAME UP ERE N SED THIS 2 OWA FACES ITD B A DIFFERENT STORY
  • The music scene is all about indie (oasis wannabees) and not hip hop
  • not bein frens wi th cluff hallers :( not bein alowed out at dinner by th teechers..cuz we rnt rebels so we stay inside shitin ourselvs
  • Police are pains and dont understand that parkour is not just jumping about on other peoples buildings
  • Potteries Shopping Centre Its a hell hole i know cause i work there check the lifts
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  • Where can I begin? Is it the shitty architecture? the shit schools? The obsesion with football that leads all teenage lads to think that they dont need an education because they will play for vale or stoke city one day? Stoke needs to get a life and possibly start building its own prison. I moved here when I was seven years old and I still hate the place twenty years on.
  • The entire Mcgraw Clan a bunch of feckless theiving chav scum parasites
  • A worrying ammount of mentalists
  • The WORST part of Stoke is the NASTY rascist pakkistanni and indians yobs who hang around thinking they own the place,a group of very dumb looking asians hang around a corner shop on waterloo road so dont go walking there after dark as you'll be leaving the area mobile fone and moneyless
  • The Roebuck pub in Burslem. Surly bar staff, racist customers, shit beer, an all round dive basically
  • the thick fuckin eccent
  • the city council...they dont listen due to the fact that they dont want to listen...they dont want to listen due to the fact that u may be actualy speaking some form of reality and the city council certainly isnt in to the reality side of local govt.....in fact they arnt realy in to any form of reality when you have a good look at them cos they arnt real....well if they were real do u realy think that other real people would listen to them...? mmmm
  • stoke city football club.
  • THE TRAMPS
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  • bentile and all of the tramps who live there
  • The knob heads that come on here mocking stoke! Im a stokie, im not fucking proud of it, but i dont appriciate the twunts that come on here mocking all stokies! have you even visited stoke?!? I serioulsy doubt it. Now, im not a fucking racist, i even protest against racism in the events STOKE has! yeh, thats right Love Music:Hate Racism comes to stoke at least once a year, and usually gets a good crowd! So shove that up your arse all you who think stoke is full of racists! And not everyone is a dole scum townie bastard! I have passed 8 GCSEs and am studying A-Levels, like a lot of people in Stoke. And to those who just come on here to mock stoke, come and visit us! ill put u up for the night and show you just how fucking thriving stoke is! As long as you dont go too far down south in the city its rather nice, sure the pollution is the highest rate in the country, but do you see many stokies with stupid allergies from breathing fresh country air?!? I dont think so! And whatever some twunt said about businesses getting out of stoke is just stupid, you should open your eyes! If you class doulton as the only business in stoke, which you probably do beeing a narrow-minded twat, then you'd be right! but, everyday in stoke fresh, new companys are opening, the screen print and design industry in the UK practically runs out of stoke! theres over 100 design companys, IT is at a high, because of its central location stoke can provide IT to the whole of the midlands! now, thats all i have to say, if you think stokies and stoke is a bad place, then i suggest you come for a look! and if you cant be arsed to come then keep you narrow-minded opions to yourself!
  • Port Vale, Vale Park, Burslem, Fenton. The lack of any centralised sports centre Festival Park
  • lots of racism lots of stupid people barely any culture at all no public transport after midnight all the stores close so fuckin early most people there are content with their simple lives most people are unaccepting of anything/anyone that is: not white intelligent artistic different
  • not being able to get air
  • people who visit!! "Full of shit" it's an opening to the real world none of them can handle, so as you see no one has a good word to say,sad sausage's who couldn't fight their way out of an oatcake nevermind a stokie. they have obviously had a kicking off a vale fan so this is their way of venting anger,iv'e lived here 44 years they have been here 5 min's if you dont like stoke Fuck off! (duck)anyway what town do you nob head's come from? bet you're ard!if you dont like stoke eat your food off the bog seat from now on and drink from toilet's(no change there then!!) so endeth the lesson...
  • It's a popular misconception that there are no pretty girls in Stoke. There are. Sadly they also have the accent. It's a terrible thing to behold and hear. Reverse Snobbery: if you don't have the local accent, you're a toff and will get run ragged. Well, 'scuse me, you lower-class riff-raff. ;-) Hawhaw! An overly macho, homophobic approach to life.
  • really, really friendly people. always a party somewhere.
  • People think its crap when they probably only visit it for like two weeks
  • the dress sense of the people (head to toe burberry is so not a good look-it doesnt make us think your rich it makes us think its fake!)
  • Most of the people!
  • You name it - I'm from the States and spent a year there - was happy to get back to South Central L.A. where people aren't as violent, and where the buildings are better cared for. Heard once that 40 percent of the housing in Stoke is uninhabitable. I certainly believe it.
  • That sad little mob of Stke fans called the "Naughty Forty" who think its clever to beat up away fans at the train station after the game
  • Longton - it's a shit house!
  • The depressing, grey, falling down buildings. Traffic, traffic and more traffic. People's negative attitude - "we're a poor area and there's nothing we can do to improve ourselves or our lives". St*ke City and their violent supporters who bring shame on the city - check out the official home office statistics!!!
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  • BEING TOLD BY YOUR PARENTS YOURE MOVING TO STOKE FROM ALBANIA
  • Stoke on Trent is nothing more than a large toilet! I live in Hanley the city centre and it is nothing more than a sick joke and a filthy one at that! The people are all mad, drunk, and high on drugs or into prostitution or little children! The native potter is unable to read, write or even speak properly but they are fun to watch from a distance! And, it is difficult to differentiate the men from the women. BE WARNED KEEP AWAY!
  • No decent jobs. Don't bother coming back to Stoke once you've got your degree. You'll end up in a 10k a year job and wonder why you bothered. People who slag off anyone from the area who has done well for themselves instead of being proud of them. Some areas are a real dump. Stoke City FC and their moronic supporters. One of the worst in the country statistically.
  • hanley bus station is grim as hell nothing worse than having to wait for a late bus there. most of stoke is too dirty and rubbish strewn. everyone says i,m posh cos i,m from north shropshire so dont sound that stokie that gets on my nerves cos i,m not! all the annoying crusty student types.
  • hanley bus station is grim as hell nothing worse than having to wait for a late bus there. most of stoke is too dirty and rubbish strewn. everyone says i,m posh cos i,m from north shropshire so dont sound that stokie that gets on my nerves cos i,m not! all the annoying crusty student types.
  • Definately the women! Stoke girls think that they're of model quality and are very fussy (I call this SGS or Stoke Girl Syndrome) but the nearest I've seen to Kate moss in Stoke had a sign round it saying no parking. Please keep sending the student girls here its the only pleasure us Stoke men get.
  • Football fans, especially if you live near where they drink! All the white cider drinking on the street men in stoke itself who just can't seemed to resist the temptation to shout at and abuse people
  • VALE FANS.
  • Reputation, it's not as bad as people think!
  • There aren't any (PLEASE NOTE: a gun was being held to my head as i typed this, i have no control over what is written.)
  • I DONT MIND STOKE, DONT GET ME WRONG. ITS JUST THAT THEY ALL SEEM TO THINK THEY ARE NORTHERNERS, THIS IS NOT THE CASE. THEY ARE IN THE MIDLANDS AND SOUND LIKE FRUSTRATED BRUMMIES. THEY NEITHER LOOK, ACT OR SOUND LIKE NORTHERNERS SO IF YOU ARE A STOKIE READING THIS LISTEN AND LEARN. YOU LACK NORTHERN GRIT AND SOUTHERN FLAIRE. YOUR ACCENT IS SO FUCKIN ANOYING. (AND SOUTHERN) SO STOKIES, JUST LET ME SAY ONE MORE THING, YOU ARE ALL BLOODY SOUTHERN AND NEED TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH THAT.STOP TRYING TO BE DECENT NORTHERN PEOPLE, CAUSE YOUR NOT AND YOU WILL GIVE US A BAD NAME.
  • All stokies are southerners who think they are northern....HA.. what a fuckin laugh. you are in the midlands....and therefore SOUTHERN to a true northerner. Get a grip boys and girls, what news appears on your TV? Granada tonight? No? Midlands Today? Yes? well there you go then....Midlands. So please, if you travel, (ie, get the fuck out of the place) dont go sayin you are from the North....
  • The weed you get in stoke is shite, if you can get it that is. i go to uni here and was so gutted that the weed/hash was so shite....no dark hash in sight anywhere, the skunk is crap and twice the price that i pay back home in liverpool for gear twice as good. if you enjoy a smoke of quality weed, avoid stoke at all costs.....for shite resin and expensive skunk go to stoke.
  • Vale park - a basic garden shed!!
  • All the pakis and Albainians, all need burning!!
  • The smack heads and piss heads in Hanley
  • St*ke City and their animal supporters, making the people of the Potteries look even more retarded than they actually are.
  • The nasty little thugs!
  • The thick common people.
  • girles there all ugly bitches sept dis 1 girl in cheadle the rest are all cows ass's chewed by taods dicks pets
  • Stoke City!!!!!!!! Stoke on Trent always seems to get all outsiders slagging us off when the only reason for this is because they refuse to admit there townis possibly even more wank than stoke on trent, kosovans everywhere you look(since when did stoke turn into a foreign country?), supposed to be a white city(thats what you think)
  • People who haven't got a clue about Stoke who think they have the right to slag us all off. sort out your own problems & fuck off
  • HELLO! to the person who said Stoke was good because it is in central England I would like to point out that Birmingham is the centre of England you idiot hence you will find the university ofCENTRAL ENGLAND! I'm at Uni in Stoke and i can honestly say there is nothing good about it unless you remove all stokies and bomb the place. It is pure saturated evil. Oh and you are not the hardest people in the world you think you are because you all possess an IQ of 50 (and thats generous) Saying that Creation (on a monday)and Liquid (on saturday) are pretty top places but you will NEVER EVER beat Broad Street, The Mailbox and Brindley Place in Brum. Come to think of it you will never be better than Brum.
  • port vale hanley bus station the 70 year old kosovan pervert who has tried to dye his hair black but sadly turned orange. he slapped A 14 YEAR OLDS ARSE outside claires in the potteries shopping centre. also thehuge gangs of other kosovans who wear buffalo trainers and look gay.bring on the BNP we hat asylum seekers
  • Newcastle under Lyme
  • Weather - possibly the only city that's wetter than manchester Heroin The shopping arcade in blurton just by the tollgate
  • One of the worst things about stoke-on-trent os CHEADLE!some1 said cheadle was mint i can assure u it is not mint at all it is pure SKANK!!! it is the worst place EVER!!
  • There can be sum fighting yeh but tel me sum where there isnt for fucks sake.
  • The fact that industry is dying in Stoke and all the 30/40 year olds are losing their jobs The yeths (translation - youths) wear sports gear, drink cider, are total pussies and anoy everyone - will collect Dole until they die. Ugly teenage girls pushing prams Poor people who think the world owes them, moderately rich people who think they're middle class. The council - the brilliant magicians who make millions of pounds vanish into thin air!
  • bennett precinct in longton. In fact the whole of Longton. What a shit-hole! Some people actually only shop there and think it's great! They just can't see what a fucking cess-pit it is and what fucking useless lives they live. Never so many fat ugly thick losers in one small place! It's like some post-apocalyptic world.
  • Stoke on Trent has just been voted the worst place to live in England. Obviously, the local radio station, signal 1 is up in arms about it and so are the people. The problem is, is that i personally think it is one of the worst places to live in England. But you have one massive advantage. The nightlife is surpringly good and you dont get as much hassle as you do in other towns, although the bouncers are generally strict. Can anybody (locals only please) give me any other reasons why you dont think it is the worst place to live in the UK? and also, lets have a vote, here are ten places, name the worst. (anybody). Luton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Stoke on Trent, Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Bristol.
  • Ginger bus drivers.no matter whwre its just wrong
  • The worst thing about Stoke-On-Trent are the MORONS who continually vote for, and the actual Labour council who over the last couple of generations have totally and I mean totally screwed the life out of the Potteries. People of Stoke-On-Trent its time to vote for another gang of corrupt useless bastards. Long live the revolution......
  • Druggie scum hassling in Hanley (and between Stoke station & the taxi rank) for spare change. The "I've given up" look on too many people's faces. The women; where _do_ they get them - grim or what? I bet Marks & Spencer have to make a special 'Stoke' size just to fit 'em; and Boots make a special 'Stoke make-up kit' consisting of a black bin-liner for placing over head & shoulders :)
  • Stoke fans the scum of the earth!The rivaly between Vale & stoke is huge & the derby matches are the most violent in britain.The polcice are very batton happy!
  • the long haired drugged up liam gallagher wannabes that breed here & all support stoke city give it the big un the run off home after the match.You are pathetic little racsist wankers wait til i get hold of you up Hanley!Also the city council who are so biased towards stoke city & even give them a council house to play in!wake up council your so out of touch!
  • Stokies are friendly but only cos their all fucking related to each other inbred fuckers!!
  • Stokies have a compulsion to wear odd clothing which is excessively coloured.
  • Filthy dirty stokies, the women are all tatooed, ugly, rude single mums since they were 14. Also all the fucking mods, no you are not Liam Gallagher brit-pop died in 1997 let it go! Unbelievable 'proundness' of nick hancock, robbie williams and some potteries. All this "southern fairy" bollocks there are some beautiful places in the north of england stoke isn't one of them! You're not even north its in the shithole also known as "the midlands"
  • Arriving
  • MUPPETS, BEER BOYS, SHIT CLUBS.
  • MUPPETS, BEER BOYS, SHIT CLUBS.
  • How we used to laugh at those caffs which are 'not dirty, just stained'. Back in those heady 'University' days of alcohol induced confusion when we all beleived that Stoke-on-stench was not as bad as people make out. Too many areas inhabited by people who have been inbreeding for far too long. Oatcakes
  • How we used to laugh at those caffs which are 'not dirty, just stained'. Back in those heady 'University' days of alcohol induced confusion when we all beleived that Stoke-on-stench was not as bad as people make out. Too many areas inhabited by people who have been inbreeding for far too long. Oatcakes
  • THE ROAD INTO STOKE! AND THE SCUTTERS WHO THINK THEY ARE GOD
  • My Kall Barre moor
  • Tramps hassling you for money. Immigrants from Afghanistan who seem to be settling in Hanley. They are rude and cant even be arsed to talk our language
  • Crime, Meir, Drug dealers and addicts (smackheads),a lot of terraced houses, no jobs, no real culture, no very attractive to tourists, poverty and racism.
  • ERMMM EXCUSE ME P[AL, BUT WHO MANAGES THIS SITE ANYWAY, SEEN AS I WAS LOOKING FOR SNOOKER CLUBS IN THIS AREA, I DISCOVERED A LOAD OF COMMENTS BY SOME PRICK WHO KEPT SAYING ABUSIVE STUFF. WHY DON'T U FUCK OFF AND GROW UP WHILE YOU'RE AT IT!!! AND ALL THE OTHER STUPID FUCKERS WHO GO OUT TO CLUBS AND STAB PPL CUZ THEY ARE WANK, LIKE THIS SHITE WEBPAGE.
  • Its all fuckin bad. I have never seen a bigger shithole in all my life. That incineration plant on the A50 is just a total embarrasment to this country. The place is just an industrial cesspit. Will somebody also demolish that British Steel Shelton Works plant in Wolstanton?
  • The Hengist Podd School of city planners who think everyone gets about in a square wheeled cart which does not notice the holes in every foot of road. WE NEED THE ROMANS BACK TO SORT IT ---- AND TO OPEN AN ARENA FOR A PARTY WITH LIONS, TIGERS AND CITY COUNCILLORS.
  • The worst thing about stoke on trent is when your coming home from a long journey like yorkshire and you hit the outskirts of staffordshire and you think, what a sh1t hole, then you get to stoke on trent and it hits you again, you think what a real sh1t hole. Ever increasing council tax bills and the council wont even cut the grass, you cant see cars coming from other directions because the grass verges and roundabouts are 4 foot high, there is half a scrap yard of rubbish hidden in the long grass and you lose the dog every time you take it for a walk, you can't see where the dog shit or disgarded needles are and contrary to popular belief, long grass plays havoc with your astma and hayfever about 400 percent more than well cropped grass. The grass is allowed to seed everywhere, so you get unsightly grass growing from every crack in the roads tarmac and weeds are completely out of control, yet the council have spent loads of money over the last couple of years on new grass cutting machinery but refuse to pay people to use it. move to Newcastle it's only 3 miles away.
  • The narrow minded sheep like people who will never even think of leaving and see nothing wrong with their routine, sheep like narrow minded existence. And im a born and bred stokie.
  • The place is famous for making toilets. The prosecution rests...
  • BURSLEM. If you looked up ghost town in the dictionary it would show a picture of Burslem. You walk into the town centre and see nothing but boarded up shops and travel agents. Oh and there's the KFC as well which used to have a bin outside that said this bin is sponsored by KFC, stupid idea anyway but even stupider because it was right underneath another bin. Burslem is also the only town who's Town hall was turned into a leisure centre. It isn't anymore though because it is now a part of a partially complete pottery museum which is never going to be finished and it looks awful. Burselm also has a football club(Port Vale) that is reguarly relegated and has a half finished stand. You might think that there is nothing wrong with having a half finished stand and there isn't unless, that is, that it has been half finished for nearly 4 seasons now. Quite frankly Burslem is the most depressing place I have EVER been to in my life. If a nuclear bomb were to hit it overnight the survivors would wake up in the morning thinking that the town had been given a face lift.
  • When you arrive
  • Everyone knows and shags each other.
  • stoke city, PMT is a fucking rip off, 1.20 to get from milton to hanley !! stoke fans
  • The accent. Can you bear Robbie Willimas drawl ?
  • Crap drivers
  • EVERYTHING, STOKE IS A SHITHOLE. THE PEOPLE ARE ARSEHOLES AND THE BIRDS LOOK LIKE BULLDOGS CHEWING WASPS
  • No more industry Mr Blair.
  • This place infuriates me. Why are these clowns so proud of this shit hole. Your crap at football but it's a religion up here. Your also rubbish (contrary to your popular belief) at fighting. And Robbie Williams is certainly nothing to be proud of.
  • Someone please tell me it's not that bad, it's my first acceptance choice for uni. What have I done? It seemed nice when I went. The people were all right and though the buildings had the appearance of my kitchen lino after a heavy night drinking i could see me being a student there. Oh yeah and I'm not a slapper, pikey, violent uneducated racist, nor am I ugly. Mind you I don't live there yet.
  • In all honesty you can't find a worst dump without going to the thrid world. I lived in Stoke-on-Trent for 5 year and I hated every minute of it. The city is full of white racist violent lower working class people who are uneducated and unskilled labourers and who live in nasty terraced houses. Stoke hasn't got anything going for it its got a one of the worst universities in Europe, the worst schools, rubbish football teams, town centres are nothing but a sham and the few girls had are ok looking aren't worth it cos they go around and r so easy that you'll avoid contact with the any sexually transmitted dieseases. I am glad I don't live there any more and I never mention to anyone that I used to live there. There are so many business getting out of Stoke nowadays they've just realised what a cesspit stoke is......well stoke ppl aren't the quickest to figure things out.
  • THE CITY COUNCIL. THE CENTURIES OLD ROAD SYSTEM. WHERE ELSE BUT STOKE WOULD A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY BE WIDENED TO THREE LANES AND THE SPEED LIMIT REDUCED FROM 50MPH TO 30MPH? THE EVER INCREASING SPEED RAMPS NOT ONE THE SAME HEIGHT. ANYBODY GOT A BULLDOZER? THE CITY CENTRE OF STOKE.ON.TRENT IS ACTUALLY HANLEY 2 MILES FROM STOKE. TRY EXPLAINING THAT TO VISITORS ASKING DIRECTIONS ESPECIALLY FOREIGN VISITORS!
  • David Meakin. His left ball keeps falling out.Pete meakin too...pedophile.
  • A severe lack of interest or understanding of art and culture, though things are slowly starting to happen.
  • The skirts and shirts (flotillas of guys wearing primary coloured shirts outside their trousers) that roam at the weekend, fighting and mating, and shouting at anyone who doesn't look like they're having a good time/isn't wearing makeup. Saw them when I was on acid once and I thought I'd gone to hell.
  • The other people
  • the accent, which they seem to deny having
  • the train service
  • The canal through Stoke (those horrble views of backs of houses and factories). Stoke railway station - no car park!
  • Commoner error: There ARE six towns and always have been. The "five towns" rubbish started with Arnold Bennett's novels - he thought it sounded better, so he left out Fenton. (and no, I'm not from Fenton!)
  • traffic pot banks port vale chell heath port vale festival park motor madness at night, god if only they new how sad they look
  • It is a filthy place, how much bird shit can one city take?
  • Too much football rivalry and hooliganism between Vale & Stoke.
  • People from Stoke, when not in Stoke, who tell you how bloody marvellous their town is and what great pottery/beer/etc. it has to offer. I can cite many examples of this behaviour, unfortunately.
  • The worst thing is the accent.
  • Bad points: Burslem, Longport, Middleport, and Chell Heath.
  • The transport system: despite being amusingly named, PMT buses are expensive and infrequent (unless you live in the centre). In addition, the fragmented nature of the city (due to the SIX towns thing) means that there is no proper 'centre' so everything is spread around all over the place. I left S-o-T to go to university, I've since lived in Lancaster and Sheffield: both of them are better on almost all counts (except no oatcakes).
  • Common error: There are five towns of Stoke-on-Trent not six: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, and Longton. Fenton is not the 5th of the so called '6' towns!
  • People: No supermodels ever come to Stoke-on-Trent, or at least if they do then the ugliness of the local women rubs off on them and we don't notice who they are.
  • The average IQ of a Stokie is less than the average IQ of a beansprout.
  • Stoke-On-Trent/Newcastle Under Lyme is a confusing patchwork of towns, suburbs and communities which have merged into a vast urban sprawl; resulting in a chaotic road system, mumerous crappy areas and a city centre still far to small and underdeveloped. It is as dull and cultureless as any other British city not called 'London' and has a very low grade economic base; yet local people love it and find it very difficult to leave - why? Precisely because it is a uniquely constructed place with a huge variety of urban landscapes, all built on a very human scale. I lived in Leicester for a year and I didn't like it - it was like living in a diagram from a geography textbook; a big unfriendly centre radiating out to identikit suburbs, you could drive right through it in half an hour. I would imagine people from those sort of cities can quite happily move from place to place without noticing much difference, but Stokies can never quite feel at home anywhere else, becuse despite it's innummerable faults there is nowhere else like the Potteries, and we're all trapped in a sort of love/hate relationship.
  • Reasons why Stoke-on-Trent is the Arse-end of the World:
    • From a southern softie - 'Stokies' are not friendly people they are dense 'clayheads'.
    • As the amazing Jarvis (On Newman and Baddeil) once said: "You know what they say; Stoke-on-Trent, Bent."
    • By calling them southern softies I think you class yourselves as northerners, PLEASE don't; you'll give us a baaad name!
    • The blurb in this guide seems to imply that a good time can be had in Stoke. I have been to stoke and I can honestly say that it would be a physical impossibility to enjoy yourself in this town.
    • A Up, let's not end on a critical note. Stoke is home to many wonderful attractions - let me think ... have I mentioned the marvellous clay and the extraordinary ummm clay. There is of course the infamous yellowbeard - an entity not to be missed.
    • Don't ever go to Stoke, or Newcastle-Under-Lyme. There you will find the unheard-of-but-infamous beardie weirdies, who roam the area with names like "Sam" and eat clay, quorn and other non meat textured vegetable protiens. It is SCARY!!!!!!!
    • You may well slaughter Stoke-on-Trent saying that it is a very boring place, but unless you've lived there yourself for 19 years, then you can't honestly say that the place is the biggest dive under the sun. Yes the accent is horrible - and no-one can recognise where you come from - common mistakes have been from Liverpool, Manchester and even Newcastle-upon Tyne - how is this possible ?!?
    • My family live in Stoke. The accent is not that bad except for the use of the word "duck" when talking to you. The women are not ugly. Why would you say that? If you're a culture vulture you'll love the pottery tours. Anyway, I just wanted to say that S-o-T may not be the best town in England, but it does have its good points.
    • I was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent (Penkhull, to be exact) for the first 18 years of my life. As a journalist I travel a lot and once went on an assignment to Mongolia, where nuclear experiments in a remote part of the gobi desert had led to extreme levels of radiation poisoning, which had affected the local nomads. At one camp I visited - for a very short time - the entire adult population were afflicted with various forms of cancer and a skin disease similar to leprosy, which caused the flesh of the face to fall away leaving the bone visible round the eye sockets and the tongue to swell grotesquely. Children were born with birth defects, some missing limbs, others with rudimentary body parts sprouting here and there from various parts of their anatomies. Even the animals were affected, but the local mongols depended on them for milk and meat and so continued to eat and drink poison. Law and order had broken down completely and there was savage competition for the merest scrap of uncontaminated food. People laughed at the deformed children and left the old people to die of cold in the street. Basically, the weak were killed and eaten. I talked to the village headman who made me welcome as best he could and at length asked me where I came from.
      "Stoke-on-Trent" I replied.
      "Jesus, what a shithole!" he exclaimed.
      He was right of course...
    • The worst feature definitely has to be the location of the train station... it looks like some sort of ghetto around there! Whoever said the people (notably women) were ugly has obviously not been out at the weekends in such 'top' spots as Newcastle Under-Lyme and Hanley as this is when the 'beautiful people' come out! It's not very nice to slag off my home town because of the pottery connection, I mean, what person from Oxford doesn't harp on about the University?

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