Gosport Borough are kitted out for FA Trophy final by suit firm

Tim Sills of Gosport, Alex Pike the Gosport Manager, Brett Poate of Gosport, Mick Catlin the Gosport Assistant Manager pose with the trophy during the FA Trophy media day on the River Thames.  (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
Tim Sills of Gosport, Alex Pike the Gosport Manager, Brett Poate of Gosport, Mick Catlin the Gosport Assistant Manager pose with the trophy during the FA Trophy media day on the River Thames. (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
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A SUIT maker who has dressed the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United has kitted out Gosport Borough for the FA Trophy final.

Rory Williams, striker for Gosport Borough, contacted former employer TM Lewin and asked if it would be happy to make the team their suits for the Wembley final on Sunday.

TM Lewin was more than happy to oblige and they started thinking of a design.

They came up with a grey suit and waistcoat and Mark Hayes, business development manager for TM Lewin, said it was a great experience.

‘We have made suits for football clubs before like Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich and Birmingham but I am excited to have made one for Gosport Borough,’ he said.

‘I moved down here 20 years ago and the team has really come on in leaps and bounds so I was overjoyed when they reached the final.

‘Also, it is the first time our suits will be worn to Wembley Stadium.

‘It’s very exciting.’

Rory contacted Mark and was eager for the local branch of the firm to make the suits. So the team visited the Gunwharf Quays store to get measured.

Mark added: ‘Rory used to work for us when he was a teenager. We knew about his passion for football and we didn’t want to get in the way of that so he never had to work weekends for us.

‘He slowly progressed through the business and he was such a hard worker that he was asked to be assistant manager at our store in Southampton.

‘But it got in the way of his football career so he left.

‘We have always kept in touch and he came to me with an idea for the suits.

‘We worked together to come with a design and colour scheme and Alex knew what he wanted.

‘He wanted the players to have a grey suit with a waistcoat and, we decided to give the boss, Alex Pike, a darker grey suit to make him stand out.

‘We guided Rory through it and the suits have come out brilliantly.

‘They look really sharp.’

Gosport Borough are facing Cambridge United in the FA Trophy final, on Sunday.

The final is being held at Wembley Stadium and kick-off is at 3pm.