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Stoke City Football Club is based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire they play in the Premier League. They were founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 the club changed its name to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status. They are the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County, and are one of the founding members of the Football League.
Stoke 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 2–1. The club has won the Football League Trophy on two occasions, first in 1992 and most recently in 2000. The club's highest league finish in the top division is 4th, which was achieved in the 1935–36 and 1946–47 seasons. Stoke have competed in European football in 1972–73, 1974–75; and most recently in 2011–12. Stoke played in the FA Cup Final in 2011, finishing runners-up to Manchester City and has reached three FA Cup semi-finals, in 1899 then consecutively in 1971 and 1972.
Stoke's home ground is the Britannia Stadium, a 28,116 all-seater stadium. Before the stadium was opened in 1997,
The Victoria Ground and Stanley Matthews
The club's previous stadium before the Brittania was the Victoria Ground which Stoke became owners of in 1919. Having played their since 1878.
The 1930s saw the debut of club's most celebrated player, Stanley Matthews. Matthews, who grew up in Hanley, one of the five towns making up Stoke on Trent City, Stanley was an apprentice at the club and made his first appearance in March 1932, against Bury, at the age of 17. By end of the decade, Matthews had established himself as an England international and as one of the best footballers of his generation. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win against local rivals Port Vale.
The club's nickname is 'The Potters', named after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent and their traditional home kit is a red and white vertically striped shirt, white shorts and stockings. Stoke's traditional rivals are Midlands clubs West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers whilst their local rivals are Port Vale with whom they contest the Potteries derby.
Manager Mark Hughes
Season 2016/2017 sees big spending by all teams with Manchester United topping the big spending league by paying a world record fee for Paul Pogba a player they let go for £800,000 several years before.