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In 1817, Benjamin Crook started a small leather tannery in Huddersfield, England. Named after himself as the founder of the company, Crook & Sons Ltd specialized in leatherware, producing footballs and rugby balls for clubs all over the world.
The name was changed to Mitre in 1949, and by 1959, Mitre expanded its product range into cricket, soft leather and bags. Sports footwear followed soon after.
Manchester United legend Denis Law signed on as Mitre's first spokesman in 1964 before the brand went on to become the official ball supplier for the English Football Association. Mitre has continued to be part of English football's heritage until today, as the official match ball for the English League Cup (Capital One Cup). In 1992, Mitre was appointed the official ball supplier to the newly formed English Premier League.
Throughout its 198 years of history, Mitre's industrial roots meant that the technical side of the business was taken very seriously. As the world's first football brand, our dedication to the sport has not changed despite the beautiful game's radical transformation over the last decade.
At Mitre, we believe that despite all the glam and professionalism, football at its heart is still pretty much the same: one pitch, a pair of goals and two teams competing on the basis of skill and desire. We believe that real football is played everyday in the neighborhoods, parks, school playgrounds and sandy pitches around the world.
These are the places where Mitre will play a part in helping you protect the true spirit of the game. Whatever the level, we believe in putting the player's needs first. Football is the game that unites the world - and Mitre is its longest established supporter.