Historical Football Kits


Burton Wanderers

Formed 1871

Elected to Division Two 1894. Failed re-election 1897

Kit History


burton wanderers 1886-88

1886-1888 f

burton wanderers 1893-94

1888-1894 c d

burton wanderers 1894-95

1894-1895 c

burton wanderers 1895-96

1895-1896 a b c

burton wanderers 1896-97

1896-1897 e





Merged with Burton Swifts in 1901 to form Burton United.



burton wanderers 1894-95Burton on Trent is best known for its breweries, which sprang up in the mid eighteenth-century, making use of the mineral-rich local spring water to brew beers for export. In 1871 two association football clubs, Wanderers and Swifts were formed. Remarkably, both would become members of the Football League where they played each other for three brief seasons.

Burton Wanderers were elected to the League having won the Midland League in 1893-94 following in the footsteps of their neighbours, Burton Swifts who had been elected two years previously.

In 1897 both teams faced re-election and the Wanderers were voted out, their place being taken by Luton Town.

The club rejoined the Midland League but in 1901, they merged with Burton Swifts who were facing re-election once again. The new club, known as Burton United continued to play in the League for another six years before it too lost its place and went out of business.

There is no connection with the modern Burton Albion club.

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  • (a) Association of Football Statisticians - provided by Pete Wyatt
  • (b) Toonerama
  • (c) The Straw Plaiters
  • (d) Burton Chronicle (23 February 1888 & 28 August 1890) submitted by Alick Milne.
  • (e) Athletic News (26 October 1896) submitted by Dave Wherry
  • (f) Charles Alcock's Football Annuals 1869-1891 researched by Robin Horton

Photograph courtesy of The Straw Plaiters