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This is the 1899/00 team.

Herts Senior County League winners 1899/00

West Herts League Champions 1894/95, 1897/98

Herts Senior Cup runners up 1895/96

Herts Junior Cup winners 1896/97 (reserves)

Thanks to hemelfans.co.uk



The 1892 team.



Taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of 20th November 1897.



bedford-1890Bedford, below, played in Black and Amber in the 1891 Luton Charity Cup quarter final in which they beat the hosts 6 1.

Bedford FC 1890/91

Back row: George Royle (Treasurer), M.D. Nicholson, Alexander Houliston, Jack Seabrooke, Mark Barber (Secretary).

Middle row: F.B. “Taffy” Jones, A.F. Smith, Edwin Capon, F. Blaney, H. Perkins

Front row: H.H. Holland, Herbert W. Oclee (captain), W. Eaton.

Herbert Oclee would sign for Luton Town the following season.  M.D. Nicholson is often incorrectly called Mark.  His real name was Magnus Douglas Nicholson.  His badge appears to be Corinthians for whom he also played.  He signed for West Brom and won the F.A. Cup with them in 1892.  He later played for Luton Town – see him in “Looking back – Newspaper reports” which is also in the Library.


Thanks to David Williams, see his website on Bedford football at http://sites.google.com/site/bedfordoldeagles



The above is from The Sketch 29th September 1897.

Berkhamsted F.C. 1899:00


Boston Excelsior


Bowes Park F.C. Home ground in Wood Green (source 1887/88 LTFC Member’s ticket).



Above and below taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News os 21st April 1894.



The above photo and details below are taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 7th April 1894.


Burton Rangers


The 1882/83 team


Burton Wanderers


The 1894/95 team above taken from “The Wyvern” of the 14th September 1894.

Thanks to the University of Leicester for their kind help.

The above is the 1895 team.  The tin pots are, left to right, the Burton and District F.A. Challenge Cup, the Bass Charity Vase and the Kettering and District Charity Cup.

Midland League Champions 1893/94.

Burton and District F.A. Challenge Cup winners 1895,

Bass Charity Vase winners 1894/95 and Runners up in 1895/96, 1896/97, 1897/98 and 1899/00.

Kettering Charity Cup winners 1894/95



Casuals 1894

The photo is from 1894.

London Senior Cup runners up 1887, 1888, 1889, 1893,1895, 1896


Chiswick Park

The photo above and eetails below are taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 23rd January 1892.


Civil Service

Civil Service 1893

The above photo is their 1893 team.  Founder members of the Football Association.


City Ramblers

The 1894/95 team taken from The Sketch 13th October 1894.  Nolloth played a few games for the Straw Plaiters at the end of the 1888/89 season.  Formerly Old St. Paul’s F.C., name changed in 1890.

McGahey’s pen picture taken from Lloyds Weekly of 7th November 1895.



Nickname – the Doggies (their ground was behind the Spotted Dog pub).

Clapton, London Senior Cup winners 1889

Clapton above in 1889 with the London Senior Cup.

London Junior Cup winners 1888 and 1893

Middlesex Senior Cup winners 1889.

Home ground at the “Spotted Dog” Public House Upton.  (Source Luton Reporter 30th September 1893).  Nickname, “the Doggies”.  A team sheet from 22nd November 1890 shows that Clapton played (against the 93rd Highlanders) in Maroon and White.   The Luton Reporter of 30th September 1893 shows they wore red and white stripes in a game against Luton Town.



Corinthians 1894

The photo above is from 1894.

The photo above is from 1897.

They were an amateur side of former University and Public School players.  In 1886 nine Corinthians represented England against Scotland.  In 1894 and 1895, the England games against Wales consisted of Eleven Corinthians.


Crouch End

The above photo and below clips are from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of 2nd April 1892.

The pen picture below of Edward Wilkins is taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 13th October 1894.

The clip below from the Sheffield Inpdendent of the 29th May 1897 reveals their amalgamation with the Vampires.


Croydon Common

Said to be the 1897/98 team above.

The 1900/01 team.

See the wonderful website for more on Croydon Common F.C. including an action photo with the Straw Plaiters from about 1910 http://www.croydoncommon.com


Derby County


The 1893/94 team as published in “The Wyvern” of the 9th February 1894.

Thanks to Leicester University for their kind help.


Dulwich.  Home ground at rear of Greyhound Hotel, Dulwich.  (Source Luton Times of 8th January 1886).



Taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 27th February 1892.


Edmonton.  From the Luton Reporter of 5th March 1892.  “Luton Town v Edmonton.  “It was difficult at first to distinguish the players, the colours being almost precisely similar, but the Lutonians solved the difficulty by wearing white bands.”  This means that Edmonton wore red or scarlet shirts or very similar.


Finedon.  Wore red and black stripes against Luton Town according to the Luton Reporter of 31st March 1894.


Grantham Rovers. Wore amber and black in the 1890 Kettering Charity Cup final according the the Luton Reporter.  And also in 12th March 1892 Luton Reporter.  Nickname the “gingerbread men.”


Grove House

From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 27th February 1892.


Hanover United, later Polytechnic F.C.

hanover-unitedHanover United were the first club to use, and therefore gave the world, the term “United.”  Team of the Polytechnic, Young Men’s Christian Institute, 309 Regent Street, London.  Known as Polytechnic from the 1887/88 season.  Home games played at Wimbledon.  (Source – Home Tidings, the in house magazine of the Poly, available online).   Shirt colours Red and Blue stripes – Home Tidings mentions players obtaining their shirts for the coming season.

Quintin Hogg and Arthur, later Lord, Kinnaird played for the team and maintained an interest in the club.  Lord Kinnaird competed in 9 of the first 11 F.A. Cup finals and was President of the F.A. for 33 years.  Hanover United changed their name to Polytechnic under which name their greatest moment was beating Luton Town 4 2 in the 1892 F.A. Cup.  This photo is a little later.

Hanover United

Thanks to http://polytechnicfc.co.uk/poly-history/


Harpenden Rovers

The following photo is taken from the Luton News of 30th March 1933.

Harpenden Rovers 1895



The photo above and details below are from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 26th March 1892.

Ilford 1894

Above is the Ilford team of 1894.  Ten of these players played the Straw Plaiters in the 1893/94 season….Spot, the dog, was dropped after an encounter with a goal post.

London Senior Cup winners 1901.  Runners up 1892 and 1898.


Kettering.  Nickname “Ket”, play up Ket was heard in 1892.  Won the Luton Charity Cup in 1891.  Played in Blue in the 1891 Luton Charity Cup Final – from the Luton Reporter.  Played in Scarlet shirts in the 1892 Luton Charity Cup semi-final – from the Luton Reporter.

The following is from the Market Harbrough Advertiser of th 14th May 1937.


Leicester Fosse

The following five photos are courtesy of the University of Leicester.


The 1892/93 team above as featured in “The Wyvern” of 30th September 1892.


The 1893/94 team above published in “The Wyvern” of 26th January 1894.


The 1895/96 team above featured in “the Wyvern” of the 6th September 1895.


The 1896/97 team above from “the Wyvern” dated 6th November 1896.


The 1897/98 team photo above featured in the 8th October 1897 edition of “The Wyvern.”


Leicester Y.M.C.A.


Published in “The Wyvern” on the 31st March 1893.

Thanks to the University of Leicester for their kind help.


London Caledonians

Formerly known as United London Scottish.

Nickname – the Calies.

Middlesex Senior Cup winners in 1890, 1891, 1899 and 1900.  Runners up 1901.

London Senior Cup winners 1900, runners up 1899.

The photograph below was published on the 21st November 1891 in the “Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.”  .

London Caledonians 1894

McFie had a trial with Luton Town in September 1891 but failed to impress.

Below is the accompanying article from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of 21st November 1891.

The above pen picture is from The Sketch 22nd November 1894.

Below is the 1894/95 team

The above pen picture is from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 29th September 1894

The above pen picture of Whitehead is from The Sketch of the 11th March 1896.

The above pen picture is from The Sketch 15th April 1896.


Loughborough Town


The above photo is taken from “The Wyvern” of 11th November 1892.

Courtesy of the University of Leicester.


The above photo is taken from “The Wyvern” of 14th September 1894.

Courtesy of the University of Leicester.


Luton Excelsior.  Formed in 1879 in a Hat Factory Blockhouse in Wellington Street, Luton.  Home ground in meadows in Dallow Lane.  After the formation of Luton Town in April 1885 they disappear from newspaper reports until they re-emerge in December 1888.  Still playing in 1910.  Nickname – the Ex’s – source Luton Reporter April 1884.

Luton Stanley.  “The Stanley have taken the late Star ground, and their colours are claret and white.” From the 16th September 1893 Luton Reporter.

Luton Wanderers.  Formed at a meeting at the Cricketers Arms, High Town Road, Luton in September 1880 by cricketers who wanted a winter sport to play.  Home ground was People’s Park until Summer 1884 when they moved to an enclosed ground in meadows in Dallow Lane, next to Excelsior’s ground.  Carried on after the formation of Luton Town in April 1885.  Entered the F.A. Cup in 1884, 1885 and 1886.  Folded Spring 1887.