Saturday 16 October 1897 at Victoria Ground (Att 6,000)
Wolves (2) 2 (Smith 17, Wood 39): Baddeley, Blackett, Matthias, Griffiths, Owen, Fleming, Tonks, Wood, Beats, W.Smith, Miller.
Stoke (0) 0: Johnston, Robertson, Eccles, Murphy, Grewar, Rowley, Pugh, Maxwell, Wood, J.Hill, Schofield.
Injuries: Stoke ended the match with must nine players as Alf Wood fractured his wrist after half an hour and Jimmy Grewar was withdrawn twenty minutes into the second-half after he lost a few teeth as a result of a accidental smack in the mouth.
Disciplinary: Near to the end of the match the Referee cautioned several players as the play was becoming far too rough.
Landmark: Jack Matthias makes his League debut.