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The vintage West Kent 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 7 is sewn on to the back of the shirt.

This classic West Kent 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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West Kent were founded in 1867 by a nucleus of Old Rugbeians.

One of the founders Arthur Guillemard, a Lewisham man had previously played Association football for the famous Wanderers Football Club. He also played rugby football for Richmond Football Club.

West Kent FC played both codes of football at Chislehurst Common, on the same ground as their illustrious counterparts, the West Kent Cricket Club.

The club used the ‘Imperial Arms’ pub at Chislehurst as their headquarters.

At the height of their popularity the West Kent Football Club boasted nearly 100 members. In 1874 the club switched to playing rugby rules only.

West Kent produced two England Rugby Internationals; Joseph Fletcher Green, and the co-founder, Arthur George Guillemard.

West Kent disbanded in 1886




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

100% cotton


Embroidered West Kent logo

Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck

Number 7 sewn on the back of the shirt

Reinforced hems

Two rubber button placket

Machine washable

Made in Portugal



Founder members of the Rugby Football Union.

Founded in 1867 by a small group of Old Rugbeians, that included Arthur Guillemard who also played Association football for the first winners of the FA Cup, Wanderers Football Club.

They played at Chislehurst Common and used the ‘Imperial Arms’ as their headquarters.

West Kent disbanded in 1886.


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.

2 reviews for WEST KENT 1871 RUGBY SHIRT

  1. Matthew Jardine

    Fantastic quality rugger shirt. Treat yourself…. you will not be disappointed.

  2. JJ Marriott

    Lovely jersey, the wife is Irish and she always seems a little more receptive to my approaches when I’m decked out in the dark green of Eire in this jersey and so for that reason alone it’s worth the money

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