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.

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.