Historical Football Kits

 

Eminent Victorians (The Midlands)

wednesbury old athletic 1877During the 1860s Notts County, Stoke, Nottingham Forest were founded and by the end of the decade, association football was beginning to become established in the densely populated industrial heartlands of Birmingham and the Black Country. Labour reforms meant that working people now (generally) had Saturday afternoons free for leaisure and, as happened in Lancashire, Yorkshire and the North-East, this provided fertile ground for the development of the game and the involvement of working people.

The Birmingham & District Cup, which started in 1876-77, was for a period second only to the FA Cup in importance.

Professionalism, legalised in 1885, had a dramatic impact on the game in the Midlands just as it did in Lancashire. Professional teams with a large population to draw on could attract the best players and more spectators at the expenses of the smaller, amateur sides, many of whom went to the wall.

Sources: Peter Ferrette, Lost Teams of The Midlands (M Bradbury 2013), Charles Alcock's Football Annuals 1873, 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1881 researched by Robin Horton.

Photograph: Gottfried Fuchs Blogspot

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1868-1908
Aston Unity 1876

Aston Unity

1868
1868-1908
aston unity fc 1877

Aston Unity

1877
1890-1902
berwick rangers fc 1890

Berwick Rangers

1890
1887-1889
birchfield harriers fc 1887

Birchfield Harriers

1887
1869-1884
birmingham fc 1876

Birmingham

1876
1876-1888
Birmingham Excelsior fc 1876

Birmingham Excelsior

1876
1881-1892
Birmingham St George's 1881

Birmingham St George's

1881
1875-1934
bloxwich strollers 1890

Bloxwich Strollers

1890
1873-1898?
calthorpe fc 1876

Calthorpe

1876
1875-1937
cannock fc 1877

Cannock

1877
c1888-??
coombs wood fc c1890

Coombs Wood

1898
1896-1961
cradley st lukes fc 1896

Cradley St Luke's

1896
1882-1895
Derby Junction fc 1882

Derby Junction

1882
1881-1891
Derby Midland fc 1887

Derby Midland

1887
1876-1881
derby town fc 1877

Derby Town

1877
Unknown
derbyshire association fc 1873

Derbyshire Association

1873
1869-1892
elwells fc 1883

Elwells

1883
1878-1901
great bridge unity

Great Bridge Unity

1878
Unknown
harborne fc 1877

Harborne

1877
Unknown
incogniti fc 1879

Incogniti

1879
1887-1890
kidderminster olympic fc 1887

Kidderminster Olympic

1887
Unknown
leek fc 1879

Leek

1879
Unknown
lichfield 1877

Lichfield

1877
1882-1899
Long Eaton Rangers fc 1882

Long Eaton Rangers

1882
Unknown
minerva fc (loughborough) 1879

Minerva

1879
??-1939
newark fc 1873

Newark

1873
Unknown
newport (shropshire)1881

Newport

1881
Unknown
nottingham castle fc 1876

Nottingham Castle

1876
Unknown
nottingham law fc 1873

Nottingham Law

1873
1868-1896
nottingham rangers fc 1884

Nottingham Rangers

1884
1876-1884
nottingham trent fc 1876

Nottingham Trent

1876
Unknown
nottingham wanderers 1880

Nottingham Wanderers

1880
1884-1896
notts olympic 1886

Notts Olympic

1886
c1889-1895
old hill wanderers 1889

Old Hill Wanderers

1889
Unknown
peterborough fc 1877

Peterborough

1877
Unknown
retford rivers fc 1879

Retford Rivers

1879
1889-1898
rudge fc 1889

Rudge

1889
Unknown
rugeley fc 1872

Rugeley Athletic

1872
1868-1880
Rushall Rovers fc 1876

Rushall Rovers

1876
1875-1885
st georges fc 1875

St George's

1875
1870-c1884
st peters college saltley 1870s

St Peters College Saltley

1870
1870-c1884
st peters college saltley 1880

St Peters College Saltley

c1880
1874-1879
shrewsbury fc 1879

Shrewsbury

1879
Unknown
sleaford fc 1873

Sleaford

1873
c1887-??
smethwick carriage works 1887

Smethwick Carriage Works

1887
1880-Present
spilsby fc 1880

Spilsby

1880
1867-1888
Stafford Road fc 1876

Stafford Road

1876
1867-1888
stafford road fc 1885

Stafford Road

c1885
Unknown
tipton fc 1877

Tipton

1877
Unknown
trinity fc 1879

Trinity

1879
Unknown
Uppingham School 1862

Uppingham School

1862
1886-1891
Warwick County fc c1890

Warwick County

c1890
1874-1893
wednesbury old athletic 1877

Wednesbury Old Athletic

1877
1874-1893
wednesbury old athletic 1879

Wednesbury Old Athletic

1879
1875-1885
wednesbury old park c1880

Wednesbury Old Park

1880
1875-c1885
wednesbury strollers 1877

Wednesbury Strollers

1877
1883-1884
wednesbury town fc 1883

Wednesbury Town

1883
1884-1935
wellington st georges 1892

Wellington St George's

1892
1874-1882
west bromwich dartmouth fc 1874

West Bromwich (Dartmouth)

1874
1871-1985
whitchurch fc 1873

Whitchurch

1873
1877-1901
worcester rovers fc 1880

Worcester Rovers

c1880