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.

 

  • The Emily Valentine Signature T-Shirt in Ecru. 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 Ecru. Also available in Navy.
  • 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.
  • The Emily Valentine 1887 T-Shirt in Purple. A 100% Cotton T-Shirt featuring a smart print to the front as well as subtle Emily Valentine branding. Inspiration for the design of this T-Shirt is drawn from Emily Valentine, the first ever-recorded Woman to play the game of Rugby Football. The events that resulted in Emily playing Rugby alongside her brothers in 1887 have helped to inspire this design.