Year Formed: 1863 
Turned Professional: 1885 
Founder Member Of Football League: 1888 
Failed Re-Election: 1890 
Re-Election: 1891 
Resigned From Football League: 1908 
Registered As A Limited Company: 1908 
Failed Re-Election: 1910 
Re-Election To Division Two: 1915 
Freedom of the City of Stoke-on-Trent: 2013

Club Name History
1868-1878 Stoke Ramblers 
1878-1925 Stoke Football Club (following merger with Stoke Victoria Athletic Club) 
1925- Stoke City Football Club (after Stoke-on-Trent was granted 'City status')

Stadium History
1868-1875 Victoria Cricket Ground 
1875-1878 Sweeting's Field 
1878-1997 Victoria Ground 
1997- Britannia Stadium/bet365 Stadium

Firsts & Lasts

First Recorded Game
17th October 1868 (as Stoke Ramblers) 
versus Mr. E. W. May's XV (h) - Drew 1-1

First Recorded Goalscorer
Henry John Almond 
versus Mr. E. W. May's XV 
17th October 1868

First Recorded Win
versus Newcastle-under-Lyme (a) - Won 2-0 

First Recorded Defeat
versus Whitchurch (a) - Lost 1-0 
December 1870

First Staffordshire Senior Cup Game
1877/78, 1st Round 
versus Mow Cop (h) - Won 26-0

First Game At The Victoria Ground
28th March 1878 
versus Talke Rangers - Won 1-0 
Inaugural Staffordshire FA Senior Cup Final

First FA Cup Tie
10th November 1883 
First Qualifying Round 
versus Manchester (h) - Lost 2-1

First FA Cup Goalscorer
Edward Johnson (in his only senior game for the club) 
versus Manchester (h) - Lost 2-1 
10th November 1883 

First FA Cup Win
30th October 1886 
versus Caernarvon Wanderers (h) - Won 10-1 
1st Round

First FA Cup Hat-Trick
Alf Edge (5 goals) 
versus Caernarvon Wanderers (h) - Won 10-1 
30th October 1886

First Potteries Derby
5th October 1887 
FA Cup 1st Round 
(h) Won 1-0

First Potteries Derby Goalscorer
George Lawton 
(h) Won 1-0 
5th October 1887

First Football League Game
8th September 1888 
versus West Bromwich Albion (h) - Lost 2-0

First Football League Goalscorer
Frank Staton 
versus Aston Villa (a) - Lost 5-1 
15th September 1888

First Football League Win
22nd September 1888 
versus Notts County (h) - Won 3-0

First Floodlit Game
27th February 1890 
versus Crewe Alexandra (h, friendly) - Won 3-1 
(temporary 'Wells Lights')

First Football League Hat-Trick
David R. Ramsey 
versus Accrington Stanley (h) - Won 7-1 
1st March 1890

First Player To Be Sent-Off
Ted Evans 
versus Everton (a) - Drew 2-2 
12th November 1892

First Penalty Scored
Tom Hyslop 
versus Sunderland (h) - Won 5-0 
14th March 1896

First Ever FA Cup Semi Final
18th March 1899 
versus Derby County (n) - Lost 3-1

First Double-Figure League Victory
4th February 1937 
versus West Bromwich Albion (h) - Won 10-3

First All-Ticket Match
Saturday 8th February 1947 
versus Sheffield United (h) - Lost 1-0 
FA Cup Fifth Round

First Goalkeeper To Score
Dennis Herod (whilst playing outfield due to injury) 
versus Aston Villa (a) - Won 3-1 
16th February 1952

First Fitted-Floodlight Game
10th October 1956 
versus Port Vale (h) - won 3-1

First League Cup Tie
18th October 1960 
2nd Round 
versus Doncaster Rovers (a) - Lost 3-1

First League Cup Goalscorer
Tommy Hymers (Own Goal) 
versus Doncaster Rovers (a) - Lost 3-1 
18th October 1960

First League Cup Win
13th September 1961 
2nd Round 
versus Southend United (a) - Won 1-0

First Stoke City League Cup Goalscorer
Peter Bullock 
versus Southend United (a) - Won 1-0 
13th September 1961

Centenary Match
24th April 1963 
versus Real Madrid (h) - Drew 2-2

First Ever League Cup Final (Two Legs)
15th/22nd April 1964 
versus Leicester City - (h) Drew 1-1, (a) Lost 3-2

First Ever Game Broadcast Live
28th April 1965
(Sir Stanley Matthews' Farewell Match)
Stan's XI vs World XI - (h) Won 6-4 

First Substitute Used
Keith Bebbington for Dennis Viollet 
versus Arsenal (a) - Lost 2-1 
21st August 1965

First Goalscoring Substitute
John Mahoney 
versus Leicester City (h) - won 1-0 
9th October 1965

First League Cup Final Win
4th March 1972 
versus Chelsea (n) - Won 2-1

First European Match
13th September 1972 
1st Round 
versus Kaiserslautern (h) - Won 3-1

First European Goalscorer
Terry Conroy 
versus Kaiserslautern (h) - Won 3-1 
13th September 1972

First Ever Sunday Game
6th January 1974 
versus Bolton Wanderers (a) - Lost 3-2 
FA Cup Third Round

First Ever Sunday First Division Game
27th January 1974 
versus Chelsea (h) - Won 1-0

First Substitute To Be Substituted
Paul Ware 
on for Ian Cranson, replaced by Gary Hackett 
versus Bournemouth (a) - Lost 2-1 
18th November 1989

First Ever Game Broadcast Live On BSkyB 
21st November 1990 
FA Cup 1st Round Replay 
versus Telford United (h) - Won 1-0

First Ever Game Broadcast Live on ITV (Central)
19th September 1993 
Division One 
versus Nottingham Forest (a) - Won 3-2

Last Competitive Match At The Victoria Ground
4th May 1997 (22,500) 
Division One 
versus West Bromwich Albion - Won 2-1

Last Stoke City Goalscorer At The Victoria Ground
Graham Kavanagh 
versus West Bromwich Albion 
4th May 1997

Last Goalscorer At The Victoria Ground
Andy Hunt, West Bromwich Albion (penalty) 
versus Stoke City 
4th May 1997

First Match At The Britannia Stadium
27th August 1997 (12,768) 
League Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg 
versus Rochdale - Drew 1-1

First Goalscorer At The Britannia Stadium
Graham Kavanagh 
versus Rochdale 
27th August 1997

First League Match At The Britannia Stadium
30th August 1997 (23,000) 
Division One 
versus Swindon Town - Lost 2-1

First League Goalscorer At The Britannia Stadium
Richard Forsyth 
versus Swindon Town 
30th August 1997

First Win At The Britannia Stadium
13th September 1997 
Division One 
versus Stockport County - Won 2-1

First League Cup Win At The Britannia Stadium
24th September 1997 
2nd Round 2nd Leg 
versus Burnley - Won 2-0

First Football League Trophy Match At The Britannia Stadium
7th December 1999 
Northern Section 1st Round 
versus Darlington - Won 3-2 aet

First Ever 'Golden Goal' Victory
7th December 1999 
versus Darlington - Won 3-2 aet 
Auto Windscreens Shield Northern Section 1st Round 
scored by Kyle Lightbourne

First Hat-Trick Scored At The Britannia Stadium
4th March 2000 
Division Two 
Peter Thorne (scored four) 
versus Cambridge United - Won 5-1

First FA Cup Match At The Britannia Stadium
18th November 2000 
1st Round 
versus Nuneaton Borough - Drew 0-0 (lost replay 1-0)

First FA Cup Win At The Britannia Stadium
18th November 2001 
1st Round 
versus Lewes - Won 2-0 
(Lewes drawn at home but tie played at the Britannia Stadium)

First FA Cup Win At The Britannia Stadium 
(Drawn at Home)

4th January 2003 
3rd Round 
versus Wigan Athletic - Won 3-0

First Game Broadcast Live On BBC
6th January 2008 
FA Cup 3rd Round 
versus Newcastle United (h) - Drew 0-0

First Ever Game In The Premier League
16th August 2008 
Bolton Wanderers (a) - Lost 3-1

First Ever Goalscorer In The Premier League
Ricardo Fuller 
versus Bolton Wanderers (a) - Lost 3-1 
16th August 2008

First Ever Home Game In The Premier League
23rd August 2008 
Aston Villa - Won 3-2

First Ever Win In The Premier League
23rd August 2008 
Aston Villa (h) - Won 3-2

First Ever Scorer At Home In The Premier League
Liam Lawrence (penalty) 
versus Aston Villa (h) - Won 3-2 
23rd August 2008

First Ever Sending Off In The Premier League
Amdy Faye 
versus Middlesbrough (a) - Lost 2-1 
30th August 2008

First Ever Clean Sheet In The Premier League
20th September 2008 
versus Liverpool (a) - Drew 0-0

First Ever Game Broadcast Live On Setanta
10th January 2009 
versus Liverpool (h) - Drew 0-0

First Ever Away Win In The Premier League
4th April 2009 
versus West Bromwich Albion - Won 2-0

First Ever Game Broadcast Live On ESPN
1st February 2010 
versus Sunderland (a) - Drew 0-0

First Ever Game Broadcast Live In 3D
25th April 2010 
versus Chelsea (a) - Lost 7-0

First Ever FA Cup Semi Final Win
17th April 2011 
versus Bolton Wanderers (n) - Won 5-0

First Ever FA Cup Final
14th May 2011 
versus Manchester City (n) - Lost 1-0

First European Game At The Britannia Stadium 
28th July 2011 
UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 1st Leg 
versus Hajduk Split - Won 1-0

First European Goalscorer At The Britannia Stadium
Jonathan Walters 
versus Hajduk Split 
28th July 2011

First Ever European Away Goal & Win 
4th August 2011 
UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg 
versus Hajduk Split - Won 1-0

First Ever Game Broadcast Live On BT Sport
17th August 2013 
versus Liverpool (a) - Lost 1-0

First Goalkeeper To Score In The Premier League
Asmir Begovic 
versus Southampton (h) 
2nd November 2013

First Goalkeeper To Score At The Britannia Stadium
Asmir Begovic 
versus Southampton 
2nd November 2013

First Stoke City Hat-Trick In The Premier League
Jonathan Walters 
versus Queens Park Rangers (h) 
31st January 2015