Yorkshire Rugby Union Shirt Vintage Classic Style


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There was little formal structure to the first official years of the County Championship, with teams playing different numbers of matches and different opposition from across England.

The winners of the first County Championship in 1889 was determined by a panel of judges who chose Yorkshire for playing the best brand of Rugby Football.


In Introduction to Yorkshire Rugby Union Shirt

Produced by Ellis Rugby, Yorkshire Rugby Union Shirt is a modest and finest shirt. The first Yorkshire Rugby game staged in 1870 in Leeds against arch-rivals Lancashire. The match was christened the “Battle of the Roses” or “War of the Roses”. These two countries remained the strongest Rugby playing regions. It was considered the highest honour to be selected. Traditionally, The Yorkshire Rugby Union Shirt has been white. While the navy trim has been added in more recent times.

Joseph Hudson is one of the early pioneers of Yorkshire Rugby. He replied to an advertisement in a Leeds Newspaper placed by a Mr H.I. Jenkinson recruiting players. In the early morning, at 6.30 am players met on Woodhouse Moor in Leeds to play rugby. During morning training around 60 players would attend before breakfast. Besides, the evening sessions held in the summer months at 7.20 pm often resulted in the attendance of over 150 people.

The group of players who attended Woodhouse Moor later formed the Leeds Football club. The club was to become Leeds Athletic. Joseph Hudson was responsible for staging the first game in 1870 between Yorkshire and Lancashire. He continued as honorary secretary. Until then he replaced by the unrelated Arthur Edward Hudson in 1876.

Now with Arthur Hudson in charge, he quickly made relationships with other main clubs from Bradford, York and Huddersfield. He made relationships to form the Yorkshire County Football Club. Hudson had worked in the Manchester area. Further, he had seen how dominant Lancashire had remained in County matches with Yorkshire. He had keen to develop a team that would take the best players from the Yorkshire clubs. He formed the Yorkshire Wanderers who took on fixtures from sides from Edinburgh and London as well as local matches.

The Yorkshire Challenge Cup began by Hudson in 1876. The club played a major part in growing the game in Yorkshire. Also, the club raised a good amount of funds for charity. It was H.W.T. Garnett and Fred Schutt (Bradford) along with Hudson (Leeds) began Englands first Rugby Union club competition. Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds and York presented a silver cup worth 50 guineas. And that original trophy is still presented annually.

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There was little formal structure to the first official years of the County Championship. Teams played different numbers of matches and different opposition from across England. A panel of judges determined the winners of the first County Championship in 1889. The panel chose Yorkshire for playing the best brand of Rugby Football. Yorkshire remained County Champions till 1890. But in 1891 Lancashire took their crown. However, for the next six years, until 1896 Yorkshire dominant champions.

In 1892, charges of professionalism laid against rugby football clubs in Bradford and Leeds. The charges laid after the clubs compensated players for missing work. As a result, on 29 August 1895, representatives of twenty-two clubs met in the George Hotel, Huddersfield. They met to form the Northern Rugby Football Union, (Rugby League).

This dramatically affected the Rugby Union game in the County. The Union’s membership fell from a high of 150 in 1892 to a mere 14 ten years later.


Ellis Rugby manufactured the shirt from satin touch 100% cotton. The Ellis Rugby Vintage Yorkshire Rugby Union Shirt features detailed vintage applique white rose crest patch. Besides, it includes contrast navy inner placket, cuffs and collar, herringbone detail on vents and as well as a tape on the neck opening. We also feature ‘Gold embroidery ‘Yorkshire’ text on the collar stand.

The available sizes are S – 5XL.

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