Emily Valentine T-Shirts

While William Webb Ellis is famous for picking the ball up at rugby school in 1823, it was Emily Valentine who is the first ever-recorded lady to play the game. She was born in Ireland around 1877 and was the youngest of six brothers and sisters who lived in Enniskillen, where their father taught at Portora Royal School. The children were very keen on rugby, but the game wasn’t played at the school any more, so her brothers – with her help – revived the game.

Her memoirs record on a winter’s day in 1887, Emily not only played for the School, but also against all odds scored a try, dodging opponents’ on-route to the try line. After the game at tea her brothers grinned at her, passed her the jam politely, and mischievously kicked her under the table. Her mother remarked that she hoped she hadn’t been too cold watching the game. “I’m glad you won the match boys”, she said. Her brothers raised their cups, looked directly at their sister, drank and then winked. This charming story provided the inspiration for the Emily Valentine brand.

 

  • Vintage Ladies Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine Ecru Back Vintage Ladies Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine Ecru Front
    The Vintage Ladies Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine by Ellis Rugby is 100% peach cotton Ecru colour. It is an exceptional quality T-Shirt inspired by the history of Ladies Rugby.
    Following research by John Birch. The earliest ever record of a female playing rugby was the Irish-born Emily Valentine who played rugby as a girl in 1887.
  • Vintage Women's Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine Navy Front
    The Emily Valentine Signature T-Shirt in Navy. A 100% Cotton T-Shirt featuring a smart print to the front as well as subtle Emily Valentine branding. Available in sizes Small - Extra Large. Colour Navy. Also available in Ecru.
  • Vintage Womens Rugby T-Shirt 1887 Plum Back Vintage Womens Rugby T-Shirt 1887 Plum Front
    The Vintage Womens Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine by Ellis Rugby is 100% peach cotton Purple colour. It is an exceptional T-Shirt featuring a smart 1887 print to the front as well as subtle Emily Valentine branding. Following research by John Birch in to Emily Valentine. The results inspired the design of this T-Shirt which is drawn from the story of Emily Valentine, the first ever-recorded Woman to play the game of Rugby Football. Emily played Rugby alongside her brothers in 1887.