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England kitted-out by Sowerby Bridge firm

Dave Roberts and Kevin Murphy at International Sports Services, Sowerby Bridge with England's World Cup kit.

Dave Roberts and Kevin Murphy at International Sports Services, Sowerby Bridge with England's World Cup kit.

England will be kitted-out with the help of a Sowerby Bridge company at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

International Sports Services are decorating the squad’s kits with names and numbers plus sleeve badges.

When the squad numbers were announced last week, the company swung into action in preparing the kits for South America.

Dave Roberts, owner of the business, says his firm was the first in the country to use heat-applied numbers, with other companies before then using sewn-on numbers.

He said: “The first job we got was doing Scotland’s kit during the 1992 European Championships in Sweden.

“I had to do 460 shirts in three days when I was just me working as I’d only just started out then.

“Each player will have two shirts per game and we have to anticipate they’ll go all the way to the final.

“We have to do home and away because we won’t know who they’ll be playing later on.

“But we know who they’re playing in the group stages so we know if they need just home or away kits.

“It keeps us on our toes but we offer reliability - we’ve never, ever been late with an order in 25 years.”

 

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