Stoke City Football Club are an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire that play in the Premier League. Stoke City F.C. was formed in 1863 under the name Stoke Ramblers, when pupils of Charterhouse School formed a football club while apprentices at the North Staffordshire Railway works in Stoke-upon-Trent. THey are the oldest club in the Premier League, and are the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County. In 1878, the club merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club, and became Stoke Football Club. Stoke were one of the twelve founding members of The Football League when it was introduced in 1888. The club play in the Premier League after winning promotion in 2008; prior to this Stoke had not participated in top flight football for twenty-three years. Their first, and to date only, major trophy was won in the 1972 Football League Cup Final, when the team beat Chelsea. The club have won the Football League Trophy on two occasions, first in 1992 and most recently in 2000.
Stoke's home ground is the Britannia Stadium. Before the stadium was opened in 1997, the club was based at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878. The club's nickname is 'The Potters', named after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent. Some of the club's noteworthy players include: John Ritchie, Freddie Steele, Johnny King, Charlie Wilson, Tommy Sale, Arthur Watkin, Wayne Biggins etc