Vintage Women’s Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine 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.


An Introduction to Vintage Women’s Rugby T-Shirt

Manufactured by Ellis Rugby, the Vintage Women’s Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine is a 100% peach cotton Navy colour shirt. It is an exceptional quality T-Shirt inspired by the history of Ladies Rugby.

While most rugby fans have heard of the legend William Webb Ellis. Also, his exploits at Rugby School in 1823. This is where the ‘handling’ football game was developed. And the game of ‘Rugby’ established in 1871. As a result, the trophy played for the Rugby World Cup bears the name of the William Webb Ellis Cup.

Less well known is women’s rugby history. Following research by John Birch, he uncovered the hidden history of ladies rugby. And the discovery of the earliest ever record of a female playing rugby. The female was Irish-born Emily Valentine who played rugby as a girl in 1887.

In 1884 Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh in Ireland was going through a difficult period. Student numbers were low and Mr. Steele the aged headmaster passed on the running of the school to Assistant Headteacher William Valentine. He had joined the school in 1883.

Valentine had at least three children of school age. These children included William, John, Emily Frances who attended the school. In 1887 as Emily’s memoirs tell us, the three children began to play rugby with several friends. And Emily joined in one game, scoring a try in the process.


Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Emily Valentine Signature T-Shirt features a smart print to the body. In addition, subtle Emily Valentine branding features on this product in the form of detailed embroidery. Also included in the garment is herringbone detail on the vents and velvet tape on the neck opening.

The Women’s Rugby T-Shirt by Ellis Rugby is available in sizes S – XL.

We offer the Vintage Women’s Rugby T-Shirt Emily Valentine. Besides, we also offer T-Shirts in Ecru or Plum. You can get Polos in Ecru or Navy. Also, Hoodies in Navy or Plum.

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