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The vintage Marlborough Nomads 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 8 is sewn on to the back of the shirt. This classic Marlborough Nomads 1871 rugby shirt is inspired by the founding members of the RFU.

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Marlborough Nomads originated as the old boys side of Malborough College in 1867.

The college team itself was founded only six years earlier in 1861. The Malborough College football side was second only to Rugby School in the influence they had on early Rugby football.

The college rules were very similar to the rules of Rugby School, upon which the first laws of rugby union with based, and in one respect were even more advanced, they excluded hacking.

They played most of there games in London. They would borrow grounds from from the leading clubs of the day, playing at such venues as; Blackheath, Richmond Athletic Ground and at Queen’s club for a year.

In the 1890–91 season the club found themselves a private ground at Surbiton. The Nomads finally moved to Thames Ditton in 1907.

The Nomads produced eight England international players, one Scottish international, and two early British and Irish Lions.

Marlborough Nomads were disbanded in 1911, and the team were invited by Rosslyn Park to join them, which they did. 

Marlborough Nomads disbanded 1911




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

100% cotton


Embroidered Marlborough Nomads logo

Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck

Number 8 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.

The Nomads were founded in 1868 and originated as the old boy’s side of Marlborough College.

Their first game was a loss away at Richmond.

As the club grew they played against most of the London teams and recorded a great victory over Blackheath, the best side at the time in 1882.

The Nomads produced eight England internationals and one Scottish during their formation.

Marlborough Nomads disbanded in 1911 with most of the players joining Rosslyn Park.



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  1. Matt J

    I love this and wear it all the time. Really good quality with nice little details to make it stand out from the usual suspects. I bought one in another colour too.

  2. J Marriott

    Lovely jersey, great fit, old school feel, I really like that it is different to the usual reproduction stuff you can buy. I bought a different club one for myself too and I have bought a few as presents for relatives and all have loved them.

  3. Robert Marsh

    I’ve had this shirt for over a year now and wear it every week, excellent build quality. It’s great to have found a top made to last a lifetime, like they used to be. I’ve bought one for my brother as well.

  4. Gavin Brown

    Lovely retro jersey just like I remember wearing at school, none of that synthetic nonsense, with a great fit too, (makes me look thinner)! Just like other reviews on this site I really like that these shirts are different to the usual reproduction shirts with great attention to detail and finish. Looks good with a pair of jeans and my trusty old pair of Redback Boots, watching the rugby, pint of beer in hand and some juicy slices of biltong ready to chew.

  5. Justin Swain

    I have two of Matt and Al’s fantastic shirts, the Law Court and Nomad’s. I just love the simple yet stylish designs of both of these, but their are plenty of styles to suit every taste..

    The quality and fit are excellent and the materials are the best I have see in such a shirt. I think I will be passing these on to my boys as I think the shirts will be around long after me.

    As a famous watch brand says, you don’t own these shirts, you look after them for the next generation…

  6. Roberto Distinto (verified owner)

    Exactly what I was looking for. Good old quality and style. I love it. I will surely buy more jersey.

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