On the 4th of 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 of January 1871. A meeting attended by representatives from 21 clubs was held in London at the Pall Mall Restaurant on Regent Street. These were the founder rugby clubs 1871
The ‘21 Club’ fashion collection from Ellis Rugby gains inspiration from this historic event which fashioned the game of Rugby Football.
The 21 Club Collection by Ellis Rugby
Also, 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, and West Kent. In addition, Marlborough Nomads, Wimbledon Hornets, and Gipsies. Also, Civil Service, The Law Club, Wellington College, and Guy’s Hospital. Furthermore, Flamingoes, Clapham
Rovers, Harlequin F.C., and King’s College Hospital. Finally, St Paul’s, Queen’s House, Laussane, Addison, Mohicans, and Belsize Park.
Twenty-two clubs were invited. But the Wasps representative failed to attend as he accidentally went to a different venue.
A president. A secretary and treasurer, and a committee of thirteen were elected, to whom was entrusted the drawing-up of the laws of the game upon the basis of the code in use at Rugby School. The Law FC was considered prominent enough to have been invited, and also gain one of the thirteen places on the original committee in the person of R. Leigh.
Ellis Rugby – Founder Rugby Club 1871
Many of these teams have subsequently disbanded. The 1871 Ellis Rugby Founders 21 Club Collection brings these clubs back to life to form an exciting range of contemporary fashion wear.