Flamingoes 1871 Rugby Shirt
Founding Member of the Rugby Football Union in 1871 – Flamingoes RFC
The Flamingoes RFC was a founder member of the Rugby Football Union. Founded in 1865 with about 95 members fielding four teams. They played at Battersea Park, 5 minutes walk from York Road Station and the Steamboat pier.
Also, they changed at The Clockhouse in Battersea Park Road. The Flamingoes were, in their time, very much a first-class club with a fine fixture list. Which included the likes of Blackheath, Harlequins and Richmond.
Flamingoes along with 21 Rugby Clubs formalised the game of Rugby Football
It was on the 4th December 1870, Edwin Ash of Richmond and Benjamin Burns of Blackheath published a letter in The Times suggesting that “those who play the rugby-type game should meet to form a code of practice as various clubs play to rules which differ from others, which makes the game difficult to play.”
So on the 26th January 1871. A meeting attended by representatives from 21 clubs was held in London at the Pall Mall Restaurant on Regent Street.
This historic event inspired the design of The 21 Club Collection and the Flamingoes 1871 Rugby Shirt
The ‘21 Club’ fashion collection from Ellis Rugby gains inspiration from this historic event which fashioned the game of Rugby Football.
The 21 clubs present at the meeting were – Blackheath (represented by Burns and Frederick Stokes the latter becoming the first captain of England), Richmond, Ravenscourt Park. Also, West Kent, Marlborough Nomads, Wimbledon Hornets, Gipsies and Civil Service. In addition, The Law Club, Wellington College, Guy’s Hospital, Flamingoes, Clapham Rovers and Harlequin F.C. Also, King’s College Hospital, St Paul’s, Queen’s House and Laussane. Finally, Addison, Mohicans, and Belsize Park.
While many of these teams have subsequently disbanded,. The Ellis Rugby 21 Club Collection brings these clubs back to life to form an exciting range of contemporary fashion wear.
The 21 Club Collection by Ellis Rugby
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Flamingoes 1871 Rugby Shirt features a detailed applique Flamingoes patch. Also, matches the inner placket, cuffs and collar, herringbone detail on vents and tape on the neck opening. In addition, an applique number eight on the back. Also, Ellis Rugby branding on the collar stand and crest on the arm.