Over 300 people gather to pray for Stoke City and Port Vale


Religious faiths from across Staffordshire have come together to pray for Stoke City F.C. and Port Vale F.C. as they sink towards relegation.

Over 300 people flocked to the King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, this morning to pray and give their support to both of the local football clubs.

The annual civic prayer breakfast brings people from all faith groups, community groups, civic business leaders and the people together to pray for Stoke-on-Trent.

With Stoke City F.C. five points from safety and Port Vale F.C. nine, the community came together to pray that both teams don’t get relegated.

The event, which started in 2010, brings in speakers from across Staffordshire to show their support for the city.

Speakers included Sara Williams from the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Ross Irving, The Bishop of Stafford and many more.

Lord Mayor Ross Irving, said: “Here we are eight years since the first prayer breakfast where we had 60 people attend in 2010 and we’re now in 2018 with over 300, so I suppose it tells its own success story.”

Saltbox, a Christian charity based in Hanley, also attended the event to pray for Stoke-on-Trent.

Chief Executive of Saltbox, Lloyd Cooke, added: “We are here to enjoy breakfast but we are also here to pray.

“We believe as Christian’s that God answers prayers, so we want to pray for God’s blessing for Stoke-on-Trent.

“We are also praying for football as football is really important to the life of the city.

“Its important to people’s moral, and it is a feel good factor as well as to economic development.

“So we want to pray that God will bless both Port Vale and Stoke City and if possible, we are hoping that Stoke City won’t get relegated.”

See below for StaffsLive‘s coverage of the event:


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