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Shirts that require logo embroidery or number patches may take 1-2 weeks to process and so delivery may be slower than normal. Due to high demand and the need for facemasks our embroiderer has a backlog of work and so shirt embroidery may be delayed as a result.

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Shirts that require logo embroidery or number patches may take 1-2 weeks to process and so delivery may be slower than normal.



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The vintage Flamingoes 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 number 15 is sewn on to the back of the shirt.

This classic Flamingoes 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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Flamingoes were founded in 1865 with about 95 members fielding for XXs.

They played at Battersea Park, 5 minutes walk from York Road Station and the Steamboat pier.

The Flamingoes changed at ‘The Clockhouse’ in Battersea Park Road.

Flamingos were, in their time, very much a first-class club with a fine fixture list – which included Blackheath, Harlequins and Richmond. When the Flamingoes disbanded in 1877, many of their players joined the Harlequin Football Club.

Flamingoes disbanded in 1877




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

100% cotton


Embroidered Flamingoes logo

Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck

Number 15 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 1865.

The Flamingoes played at Battersea Park and changed at the Clock House pub (now The Lighthouse).

Flamingoes disbanded in 1877 with many of the players joining Harlequin F.C.


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 are determined at the checkout page.


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