Formed as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1867, they went by the name of The Wednesday Football Club until changing to their current name in 1929. Wednesday is one of the oldest football clubs in the world of any code, and the third-oldest professional association football club in England, excluding clubs with informal or disputed foundation dates.
Number Three: Nottingham Forest - 1865. Some shinty players in Nottingham decided to form a football team as a response to the formation of Notts County several years before. The team was called Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy Club when it was first formed in 1865.
Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 the club changed its name to Stoke in 1878 and then 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 were a founding member of the Football League in 1888.
Notts County Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies, is an association football team from Nottingham. Founded in 1862, they are the oldest professional association football club in the world. They will participate in League Two, the fourth tier of English football, during the 2018–19 season.