University of Leicester academics investigating hosiery history

Posted by de57 at Feb 18, 2013 04:17 PM |
Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have all sported their kits, but were you among those making them for local clothing firm Cook and Hurst?

As part of their research into the history of the Wigston based company, academics from the University of Leicester’s School of Historical Studies want to hear from anyone who has memories of working there.

Cook and Hurst, who traded as Admiral from 1914, were established in 1904 by Christopher Cook and Harold Hurst. They operated from Long Street in Wigston until the early 1980s, employing approximately 300 people at sites in both Wigston and Market Harborough.

The company manufactured underwear and had contracts to supply the British and American armed forces. 

But throughout the 1970s and 1980s the company was best known for its manufacture of football kits, recognised as one of the world’s leading soccer brands and pioneering the development of the replica kit market. 

It had agreements with the English, Scottish and Welsh teams as well as many of the UK’s leading clubs, including Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

If you worked for Cook and Hurst or Admiral, the University would love to talk to you and include your memories in the history of this local firm. To get in touch, please contact Sally Hartshorne by email at: or leave a message on 0116 2418444.


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