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The vintage Clapham Rovers 1871 rugby shirt is made with a heavyweight slub cotton which gives the shirt a hard wearing yet soft and comfortable retro style finish.

This vintage ‘old school’ shirt combines heritage colour dyes with a distressed wash to produce a nicely worn-in look and feel.

The letter ‘H’ is sewn on to a square patch on the back of the shirt in recognition that letters, as well as numbers, were used in the past.

This classic Clapham Rovers 1871 rugby shirt is inspired by the founding members of the RFU.

All our vintage rugby shirts come packaged in a stylish Black&Blue1871 cotton drawstring bag.

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Clapham Rovers were founded on 10 August, 1869, by W.E.Rawlinson and Robert Seymour Whalley.

Rawlinson was elected the clubs honorary secretary. The club posted 110 members, and played on Clapham Common.

Clapham Rovers were present at the founding of the RFU in 1871, and one of their star players, Reginald Halsey Birkett (scorer of the first-ever England try in an international against Scotland in 1871), was elected as one of the first RU committee men.

Birkett also made two appearances in FA Cup Finals for the Clapham Rovers soccer team – and on the second of those occasions, in April, 1880, he gained an FA Cup Winners Medal.

Rovers played on Clapham Common until 1872, when they moved to a ground at Bedford Hill in Balham. Four years later the club moved again, this time to Wandsworth Common.

The club also played a part in the formation of the Barbarians. One of their players, Percy Carpmael arranged the first Barbarians tour in 1890.

The Clapham Rovers Association Football Club closed down at the onset of World War One and never re-formed.

Clapham Rovers disbanded in 1896




Heavy duty slub cotton to give it a pre-worn feel

100% cotton


Embroidered Clapham Rovers logo

Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck

Letter ‘H’ patch sewn on the back of the shirt

Reinforced hems

Two rubber button placket

Machine washable

Made in Portugal



Founder member of the Rugby Football Union.

Founded in 1869 and boasting a membership of 110.

The Rovers played on Clapham Common.

They played Association rules one week and Rugby the next.

Clapham Rovers are the only Rugby club to have won the FA Cup (1880).

In 1876 they moved grounds to Wandsworth Common and used the ‘Hope Tavern’ as their headquarters.

Clapham Rovers was disbanded in 1896.


All our rugby shirts are folded with tissue paper and come with a swing tag in a Black&Blue 1871 cotton drawstring bag.

As we hate too much packaging waste, the drawstring bag comes in useful as a laundry bag when travelling or simply to store your plastic bags in the car ready to use when shopping.

Postage for the shirts is determined at the checkout page.


  1. David Burrows

    I love these shirts – in my opinion you are getting what you pay for – quality material, quality design and quality packaging and they feel great to wear. I will very soon be the proud owner of 6 shirts plus I have bought 2 for my son. It used to be hard to find good quality rugby shirts for casual wear, but not any more.

  2. Richard S (verified owner)

    I bought this shirt 2 years ago, and the quality remains excellent. Many thanks to the team at B&B

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