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Stoke City Football Club
Britannia Stadium
Stanley Matthews Way
Stoke-on-Trent
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Stoke City F.C. are believed to be the second oldest Football League club. They were founded in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers by apprentices at the North Staffordshire Railway Works, although there is no record of any matches by the team until 1868. Stoke achieved early success when in 1877 the Staffordshire FA was formed and the County Cup created. Stoke won the trophy in its first two years, in one tie recording the clubs record win of 26-0 over Mow Cop. In 1878 the team merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club and moved to what became known as the Victoria Ground. This would become the team's home for 119 years. In 1880 Teddy Johnson became Stoke's first International player, helping England to victory over Wales. Stoke City were founder members of the Football League in 1888. The team's most famous player of all time must surely be the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews, who started as an apprentice at Stoke before making a total of 321 appearances for Stoke between 1932-47 and 1961-65. He made his first appearance at 17 and his last at 50, the oldest player to play in the top division. Another true great to play for Stoke was legendary England International goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who helped the team to its only major trophy, the 1972 League Cup.


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