AN INTRODUCTION TO VINTAGE SCOTLAND RUGBY T-SHIRT
The Vintage Scotland Rugby T-Shirt is a heritage style garment, inspired by the Scottish Rugby teams of the past.
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales contested the 1891 Home Nations Championship.
There were some interesting rule changes to the game for this years rugby tournament. These included the introduction of penalty goals. Although penalty kicks were introduced in 1882, no goal kicking attempts were allowed until this season. Also, the two umpires were renamed as touch-judges. Their powers reduced to mark the spot where the ball left the field of play.
Scotland had won the tournament in 1889 and the following year both England and Scotland had shared the title. So, in 1891 it was felt the winners would be between one of these two nations. The Edinburgh Academicals player Matthew “Saxon” McEwan captained Scotland. He was capped fifteen times for Scotland between 1886–92. McEwan’s younger brother Bill, also a fine player capped by Scotland in 1894. But after he moved to Cape Town, he also played for the South African Springbok Rugby team.
In the first game of the tournament Wales visited Edinburgh and Scotland easily defeated the inexperience visitors by 15 points to nil. Brothers Charles and John Orr from the West of Scotland club, both scored tries. Four further tries were scored through Goodhue of London Scottish, Leggatt of Watsonians, Boswell of West of Scotland and a brace from Clauss of Oxford University. McEwan kicked 2 conversions and both Nielson and Stevenson added drop goals.
SCOTLAND DEFEAT IRELAND & ENGLAND TO WIN THE 1891 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
They then defeated Ireland in Belfast 14 points to nil. The star player was half-back William Wotherspoon who scored 3 tries. On the back of this performance, he was chosen to represent the first official British Isles team to tour, travelling to South Africa in 1891.
Next it was the game that would determine who would be champions. England versus Scotland at the Athletic Ground in Richmond. In a tight game the Scottish team were just a little stronger. Dickie Lockwood of Heckmondwike scored a try for England. Later Lockwood joined the breakaway Rugby League code and enjoyed a successful career with Wakefield Trinity. In reply Willie Neilson of the Merchiston club went over for Scotland, but the clinching try was scored by Charlie Orr of West of Scotland. Frederick Alderson converted for England. But, Gregor MacGregor kicked two conversions and the German born Paul Robert Clauss scored a drop goal. The match finished 9 points to 3 in favour of Scotland.
Scotland won the 1891 Championship. The fourth time the country had topped the table, but the first time Scotland had taken the Triple Crown title.
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Ellis Rugby Vintage Scotland Rugby T-Shirt features detailed embroidery on the vintage Scottish Crest, herringbone detail on vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition a complex ‘3’ applique patch on the back with the Ellis Rugby branding on the arm.