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Stoke City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.The club was formed in 1863 and played their first competitive match in November 1883 in the FA Cup.


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Stoke City F.C. was formed in 1863 under the name Stoke Ramblers, when pupils of Charterhouse School formed a football club while they were apprentices at the North Staffordshire Railway works in Stoke-upon-Trent.