Prostar History

With over 100 years experience PROSTAR has recognised exactly what teams need from a quality sportswear brand - high quality, value for money and providing exceptional customer service through our retailer network.

We currently supply 1,000’s of U.K. and European football clubs from junior teams to professional clubs. 

PROSTAR has a history which originates from 1899 when quality garments were developed and produced in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Since then, over the past 100 years PROSTAR has been associated with supplying sportswear to leading clubs and teams at all levels across the U.K.


1899 Wakefield, West Yorkshire - R.H.Barker & Son Ltd, one of many spinning mills in the city at the turn of the century, take a gamble by building a sock factory on adjoining land. They’re selling so much of their ‘Star’ quality yarn to the Leicester hosiery trade they start to produce their own socks.

1901 The Star Knitting Co. Ltd is founded. (Holding company of PROSTAR).

1914-18 The entire plant converts to produce socks for H.M. Forces and the war effort.

1918 Fuelled by the nation’s appetite for sporting excellence between the wars, PROSTAR (Star) socks are worn by practically every football, rugby and hockey club in the U.K.

1939-45 Once again, military socks take over production for urgently required Army, Navy and Air Force supplies.

2009 Prostar becomes the official kit suppliers to Super League giants Wakefield Wildcats Rugby League Football Club and Cricket Scotland.

2010 Prostar becomes the official kit suppliers to the England Schoolboys U18 team, Surrey County Cricket Club and Hampshire county Cricket club. Prostar joins the Pentland Group plc and is now known as Prostar Sports Limited.

1952 PROSTAR (Star) climbing socks are selected by the Everest team led by Sir John Hunt on the first ascent of the World’s highest mountain.

1974 A change of name to Star Sportswear Ltd. By now the company has expanded into jersey and shorts production, creating the only football kit company in Europe manufacturing the entire kit on a single site. With customers in over 20 countries, PROSTAR becomes the adopted name for all its football products.

1976 PROSTAR (Star) socks again conquer Everest on the Barclays-sponsored ascent led by Chris Bonnington.

 

2000 PROSTAR launch the first comprehensive training range.

2001 In their Centenary year, PROSTAR are proud to team up with new signing, this years F.A. Cup semi-finalists, Wycombe Wanderers.

2005 PROSTAR opens wholly owned German subsidiary, to target the growing German and European markets.

2008 Prostar becomes the official kit suppliers to Shrewsbury Town Football Club and Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football. The Shrewsbury Town New Meadow stadium is renamed The Prostar Stadium.

 

2010 Prostar becomes the official kit suppliers to the England Schoolboys U18 team, Surrey County Cricket Club and Hampshire county Cricket club. Prostar joins the Pentland Group plc and is now known as Prostar Sports Limited.

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