Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp is hopeful the club can recapture their glory days and make a real challenge for the Carling Cup this season.
The Potters marched into the last 16 of the competition on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Fulham, making seven changes form the side that drew 1-1 with West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.
Tony Pulis' team have become an established outfit in the top flight since their promotion two years ago, and Kemp admitted he felt the side could be ready to emulate the team that won the League Cup in 1972.
"We want to do well. This club has a history in this competition and people around here are very proud of it," Kemp said.
"It is about time - we can do something about it. We're back in the top flight in the Premier League and we want to be good enough that we can maybe win competitions.
"I am not saying we are going to, but we are moving that way and moving the club forward inch by inch. Hopefully we are going to get into a position where we can compete for trophies."
Kemp also praised record signing Kenwyne Jones, who has now scored three goals in his last three games to get the Potters their first points on the board in the league and advance in the Carling Cup this season.
"He has been excellent since he has been here," he added.
"He has scored three goals, held the ball up brilliantly, brought other players into play and he has given us something that we didn't have before. He has done very well."