The Fox and Duck, Stoke City fans' favourite pub, is up for sale
A CLOSED-DOWN pub that was popular with Stoke City supporters has been put up for sale for £200,000.
The Fox and Duck in Hanley was once used as a base for coach trips to football matches involving the Potters.
Now the boozer, which closed around a month ago, has been placed on the market with a 'guide price' of £200,000.
However, it remains uncertain whether the two-story building, in Chell Street, will continue to operate as a pub, with an advert for the venue stating that it has 'excellent potential for redevelopment.'
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Former customers said the pub had begun to suffer the affects of the recession, with customer numbers dwindling before it finally closed.
Nick King, aged 51, who is part of the Stoke City Supporters Group, used to organise transport to matches from the pub.
But the supporters have now changed their base to the Cheshire Cheese, just down the road.
Nick said: "We have around 230 regular users of our service, which we have been running since the move to the Britannia Stadium but we had to move to the Cheshire Cheese.
"As far as I know the Fox and Duck has been shut for over a month because nobody was going. We used to go in there over the years before a match but the people who ran it left."
Landlords across North Staffordshire have voiced concerns about the dwindling pub trade.
Kieran Devine, of Austin Road in Cheadle, aged 45, who owns the Huntsman, in Cheadle, said the Fox and Duck has become the latest victim. Mr Devine, who has been in the trade for 27 years, said: "It's terribly hard at the moment. Everything is against you with the overheads. The breweries are not interested in running pubs anymore.
"It is still very hard to run a pub. I have being doing it for a long time and every year it gets gradually harder and the Government doesn't help."
Former customer and pottery worker Roger Bairstow, aged 70, was disappointed to see the Fox and Duck close.
He said: "It used to be very popular with all of the Stoke City fans. It was a good old fashioned pub. There always used to be people going in and out, I am surprised that it has closed down."
An advert for the Fox and Duck on the website businessesforsale.com states: "The Fox and Duck holds a bold position on Chell Street adjacent to Central Forest Park. Chell Street is a popular mixed commercial and residential street, with good passing traffic. "
Admiral Taverns, which owns the building, was unavailable for comment.