Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How Brothers Created Their Umbro Empire

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How Brothers Created Their Umbro Empire

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As the sports brand celebrates its 95th anniversary this year, Maya Black charts the Manchester-based firm's incredible rise to become an international icon

Humble beginnings UMBRO was started by Harold Humphreys who was born in Mobberley, Cheshire, in 1902.

Harold left school aged 13 for his first job at a textile firm in Manchester and quickly worked his way up the ranks to the haberdashery department.

After the depression hit, Harold found himself out of work briefly, before securing a new position as a salesman at Stockport sportswear brand Messrs Bucks - later known as Bukta.

At this point, the country was falling back in love with football, following the end of the Great War.

In 1922, Harold launched his own sportswear retail business, initially trading out of a cupboard in the back room of his parents' pub, the Bull's Head Hotel in Mobberley. …

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