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A to Z of Clubs M to Z

A to Z of Clubs  M to Z

Any information I locate about clubs will be placed here.

Macclesfield 1889/90



Formed in 1870.  Contributed to the cost of the original F.A. Cup.

The 1881/82 team with medals struck to celebrate reaching the F.A. Cup semi-final.

Thanks to Michael Eagleton and the Marlow Museum for the above photo

From Mymarlow dot co dot uk

Thanks to Michael Eagleton for the above colour photo.

Marlow won the Berks and Bucks Cup in 1881,1883, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1894, 1897, 1899 and 1900.


Millwall Athletic

Nickname – the Dockers.

From the Luton Reporter of the 4th November 1893 – “It should be here explained that the East End club have changed their colours since last year, their uniform being now dark blue with a very pronounced white stripe.”

Won the Luton Charity Cup in 1892 and the Southern League in 1895 and 1896.

The above is Millwall 1891.

The above photo taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 6th February 1892 as is the information below;

Millwall Athletic 1894

The photo above is from the Summer of 1894.

Alfred “Jesper” Geddes – centre forward                                         Obed Caygill – goalkeeper


The photo above is from 1895.

The above photos are from The Sketch, March 1895.

Millwall 1896:97

The 1896/97 team with the Southern League shield.



The photo above and clip below are from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 10th October 1891.


Muswell Hill


New Brompton

New Brompton 1895

The 1895 team


Norwich C.E.Y.M.S.

Around 1900


Novician, The

From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 24th October 1891.


Old Brightonians

The 1894/95 team.


Old Cranleighans


Old St. Paul’s

See City Ramblers


Old St. Stephen’s

From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of 30th January 1892.


Old Westminsters

John Gould Veitch                                              Rupert Sandilands

The above clip is from The Sketch 7th November 1896.

Ralph Tyndall Squire

Both the above are from The Sketch 13th February 1901 as is the history clip below.


Old Wykehamists

From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 19th November 1892.


Olympic, The

From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 17th October 1891.


Oxford, The

All the above clips are taken from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 20th February 1892.


Polytechnic F.C.

See Hanover United


Primrose Athletic

The above clips are from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 5th November 1892.


Ravensbourne, The


Reigate Priory

Reigate Priory 1892

The 1892 team.

Won the Surrey Senior Cup in 1883, 1886, 1891, 1892, 1894 and 1897.  Runners up in 1884, 1885, 1887 and 1890.


Royal Arsenal

The above photo and clips below are from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News of the 10th December 1892.

Royal Arsenal 1891

This photo is from 1891.  Three of these players later played for Luton Town- J.W. Julian (seated second from the left), Humphrey Barbour (seated on ground extreme left) and W. George (standing on ground second right).

Nickname – The Royalists

They would change their name to Woolwich Arsenal in 1893.



rushden-1893Nickname – The Russians.  Played in red and black in the 1893 and 1894 Luton Charity cups.

Kettering Charity Cup winners 1893,  Runners up 1891, 1897, 1898, 1899

Luton Charity Cup winners 1893  Runners up 1894, 1897

Northamptonshire Senior Cup winners 1888, 1893, 1895  Runners up 1889, 1890, 1891, 1897

Photo below from 1893 with the Northamptonshire Senior Cup, the Kettering and District Charity Cup and the Luton Charity Cup.

Rushden 1893

Back row: O. Claridge (Hon. Secretary), J. Lilley, H. Groome, A. Bailey, E. Attley, C. Clayton, T. Litchfield and W.G. Hatwell (Gen. Secretary)

Middle row: C. Pendered, W. Clarke, S. Allen (captain), J.L. Stanley, H.C. Lewis, G.H. Claridge

Front row: T. Minney, H. Parker, C. Church (vice captain).

The above is the 1897/98 team.

Thanks to the website Rushden Heritage


Saint Albans

Wore amber and blue until October 1893 when they changed their shirt colours to black and pink.  Nickname the “Saints” and latterly “the Pinks.”  Source – Various newspapers of the time taken from the scarpbook of Jack Dickerson.

Herts Senior Cup winners 1892/93  Runners up 1889/90, 1890/91

Version 2

The above photo is from 1891/92.  The missing name is that of the irrepressible Sandford Ffolliott Pierpoint Moore.  S.F.P. played for the Straw Plaiters as did Dickerson, Dickson and the Reverend Bennett.

St. Albans 1895:96

The above photo is from 1895/96.  Five of these players also played for the Straw Plaiters, Alfred “Jack” Hoy (back row 5th left), Albert Sanders (seated 2nd left) with Jack Dickerson next to him in the centre.  The two players seated on the ground are Fred Allen (left) and William “Tip” Brown.


Saint Neots



Second Scots Guards

The above is from the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 26th December 1891.  The South Bucks Standard of the 20th February 1891 reveals that the Second Scots Guards wore black and white striped shirts and black shorts.

2nd Scots Guards 1894

The 1894 team.  A strong team so I have included them here and in the Army Gallery section.

Middlesex Senior Cup winners 1892, 1893 and 1895  Runners up 1898.

The above is from The Sketch of 14th March 1894.


Southdown (Sussex)


South Shore


Taken from “The Wyvern” of 26th January 1894

Thanks to the University of Leicester.


Staple Hill


Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur 1884:85 1st and 2nd teams

The above is said to be the Tottenham Hotspur first and second teams from 1884/85.

Tottenham Hotspur 1885/86 above.

Courtesy of is the 1894/95 team.  J.W. Julian left the Straw Plaiters in the Summer of 1894.

The above profile is from the Sketch of 22nd April 1896.

Tottenham Hotspur 1900

The above photo is from 1900 and shows the Southern League Shield.


Unity F.C.  From Tarn and Sons, Newington Causeway, London who were a firm of tanners (source Luton Times Newspaper of 29th December 1888).  Home ground at Wimbledon (source – 1887/88 LTFC Member’s ticket).  Luton Reporter of 30th December 1887 – “Luton Town v Wimbledon.  The Luton Town Football Club sent a team to Wimbledon on Saturday to contest and eleven of the Unity Club.”  The Luton Times of 30th December 1887 also covered the game and said – “the match being played on the splendid enclosed ground of the Unity Club.”


Upton Excelsior.  Home ground at West Ham.  (Source 1887/88 LTFC Member’s ticket).



Nickname – the Vamps.

Vampires 1894:95

The clip above refers to St. Albans visit to the Vampires, the photo below is of the Vampires 1894/95 team.

Vampires 1894

The photo below is entitled “Vampires 1895” – one of the best badges ever.

Surrey Senior Cup runners up 1893

The above clip is from the Sporting Life of the 22nd September 1894.


Vulcans.  Played at Roundwood Park, Willesden, London (source 1887/88 LTFC Member’s Ticket).

The above is the 1891 team. From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 7th November 1891 as it the info below.


Watford St. Mary’s

Folded in 1893 but reformed the following year when this photo was taken.  Amalgamated with West Herts in 1898 to form Watford F.C.

Watford St. Mary's 1894

Hertfordshire Senior Cup runners up 1894/95

Played in Blue and White stripes – Watford Observer of the 9th April 1898.


Wellingborough Town.  According to the Northampton Mercury of 8th September 1883 they were formed in 1881 and wore black and scarlet harlequin shirt with white knickers.


West End

From the Illustrated Sports and Dramatic News 7th November 1891.


West Herts

One of the greats of southern football in the 1880’s and early 1890’s, Freddy was a much feared forward.  The Straw Plaiters were always grateful when he was not in the Watford Rovers or West Herts team.

The above two clips of John Paull are from the Illustrated and Dramatic News of the 27th October 1894.

The above clip is from the Hertfordshire Advertiser of the 25th April 1891.  I assume it would have been used by the football team as well as other sports.


Windsor Phoenix. Played in white in the 1891 Luton Charity Cup Final – Luton Reporter.  Played in light and dark blue in October 1891 – Luton Reporter of 31st October 1891.


Wolverton London & North West Railways. The South Bucks Standard of the 20th February 1891 reveals that the “Wolves” wore narrow black and white striped shirts with white nickers.  Played at Luton in January 1893 in “blue and white”- Luton Reporter.


Wolverton Town. Entered the Luton Charity Cup in 1890/91 and placed in the same Division as the “Railwaymen.”


Woodville F.C.  Played at Upton Park (Source 1887/88 LTFC Member’s ticket).


1st Scots Guards.  “The colours of the Guards being the familiar red and blue.” – from the Luton Reporter of 31st March 1894.


93rd Highlanders.  A team sheet (from 22nd November 1890) shows that the Highlanders  played (against Clapton) in blue shirts