It was in 1872 that a group of British residents formed Le Havre Athletique. which played a hybrid form of football, a cross between rugby and association football, called "combination". Le Havre can therefore be said to be the origin of rugby union in France.
Association football began being played on a regular basis in 1894, so technically AS Strasbourg could be considered the first French football team being established in 1890, however, they were a German team at the time). Le Havre currently play in Ligue 2 of the French league and their home stadium is Stade Océane.
In 1899, Le Havre became the first club from outside Paris to become French football champions. At the time the championship was organised by the USFSA. After being awarded a win over Iris Club Lillois in the semi-final by walkover, they were awarded the title after also receiving a walkover in the final against Club Français. They would also win the following year, with the final being a "re-match" of the forfeited 1899 final.
Le Havre is known as 'les ciel et marine' in France, which translates as 'the sky and navy blues'. These colours were chosen by the club's English founders as they were those of their alma maters, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.