In 1817 Benjamin Crook opened his tannery in Huddersfield, England, giving his own name to the company he founded. By 1949 the name changed to “Mitre”, producing footballs and rugby balls for clubs all over the world and in 1959 Mitre expanded into cricket, soft leather and bags. Sports footwear followed a year later. Manchester United’s prominent footballer Denis Law became the first official Mitre spokesman in 1964, and two years later Mitre went on to become the Official ball supplier for the English Football Association, and for the next forty years the FA Cup Final was to be played with a Mitre ball. Muhammad Ali wore Mitre in his 59th professional fight against Leon Spinks in New Orleans and Stuart Pearce wore Mitre football boots in 1977. Mitre was also the official ball supplier to the 1987 Rugby World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. In 1992, Mitre became the official ball supplier to the newly formed FA Premier League, introducing its synthetic footballs instead of leather balls which had been used previously. In 2003 the Mitre ball was used in The Netball World Championships held in Jamaica. The England national netball team also appeared at the tournament wearing Mitre apparel.