Tony Pulis paid tribute to his Stoke side as they booked their place in the FA Cup final after hammering Bolton 5-0 at Wembley.
Bolton conceded three times after imploding in the opening 30 minutes, with Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones all scoring for the world's second-oldest professional football club.
And after losing all three previous FA Cup semi-finals, Stoke will return on 14th May to face Manchester City.
Pulis told Sky Sports News: "Well, I think it's been special since I've come. To get promoted from the Championship and to keep the team in the Premier League for two-and-a-half-years has been absolutely fantastic. I've enjoyed every minute.
"To do this again today is just another step forward for the football club."
Pulis admitted he will relish next month's final against Manchester City and he paid tribute to chairman Peter Coates and his family for the way they had turned Stoke into an established club.
"It's special not just for me, but also for the Coates family, for the supporters who were absolutely fantastic and everybody connected with the football club," he added.