Historical Football Kits

 

Rotherham Town

Formed 1878 as Lunar Rovers. Wound up in 1896.

Re-formed in 1900. Merged with Rotherham County in 1925 to form Rotherham United.

Elected to Division Two 1893. Resigned 1896.

Kit History

 

 

 

Lunar Rovers

 

Formed 1878

lunar rovers fc 1878

1878 d

Described only as "navy and white"

 

 

 

Rotherham

 

1882

 

Formerly Lunar Rovers

rotherham fc 1884

1884-1885 a

 

 

 

Rotherham Town

 

Formerly Rotherham

 

Wound up 1896

rotherham fc 1891

1891-1892 a

rotherham fc 1894

1894-1896 b c

 

 

 

Rotherham

 

Formed 1900

rotherham town fc 1900-1901

1900-1901 a

rotherham fc 1900

1901-1903 e

 

 

 

Rotherham Town

 

1905

 

Formerly Rotherham

rotherham fc 1905

1905-1906 a

rotherham fc 1908

1908-1914 a

 

 

 

Merged with Rotherham County to form Rotherham United in 1925

 

Background

rotherham fc 1900-01According to the rather perfunctory history on the Rotherham United website, Rotherham Town were formed in 1870. The Reminiscences of Rotherham website, however, suggests that the club actually came into being in 1878 as Lunar Rovers FC, when a group of shop assistants formed a team with the object of playing on moonlit nights and public holidays (since shop workers did not benefit from early closing or Saturdays off). The club became Rotherham FC in 1882 and entered the English FA Cup in 1884, losing 0-5 to Nottingham Forest. Sometime later the club became Rotherham Town and joined the Midland League.

In 1893 the Football League decided to expand the Second Division from 12 to 16 clubs. Town, as champions of the Midlands League for two seasons in a row were elected to one of the four vacant places. The club found it a struggle and had to seek re-election at the end of their first season. In 1896 Town again finished in the bottom three but this time they did not bother to apply for re-election and left the League. Shortly afterwards the club was wound up.

In 1900 the club was reborn as Rotherham FC and joined the Midland League alongside their great local rivals, Rotherham County. While County's fortunes improved, Rotherham (who reverted to the name Rotherham Town around 1905) went into relative decline. In 1919 County were elected to the Football League but they struggled to survive and in May 1925 the two clubs merged to form Rotherham United.

See also Rotherham County | Rotherham United

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Sources

  • (a) Rotherham United FC (Images of Sport: G Somerton & C Robinson)
  • (b) Association of Football Statisticians - provided by Pete Wyatt
  • (c) Kjell Hanssen
  • (d) Charles Hirst
  • (e) British Film Archive (Youtube)