Stoke will sign off at the end of their fourth consecutive season in the Barclays Premier League with manager Tony Pulis in no doubt they have taken another step forward.
The Potters have continued to defy their critics in a campaign notable for an extended European adventure, lengthy runs in both domestic cup competitions and impressive results against the Premier League's big guns at the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis' original top-10 target is out of reach but victory over Bolton - a result that would relegate the Trotters - would take Stoke to 47 points and equal their best tally since promotion in 2008.
The club have big plans off the pitch with the continued development of the academy and training facilities, and Pulis said: "Every year we stay in the Premier League is an absolute dream for us as a football club and it gives us the opportunity to keep building the roots to ensure this club will grow stronger.
"We have to improve. As soon as we stand still then you start going backwards. The important thing is we try to do that year after year after year. And we've managed to do that. We've taken a hell of a lot on this year.
"There's a lot of teams in the Premier League who have got knocked out first round in the cups and haven't been involved in Europe so have had a free run at playing league games - we haven't done that because we want to do well in those competitions."