Originally founded in 1924, Umbro was acquired by Doughty Hanson in April 1999.
During the period of Doughty Hanson's ownership, Umbro Ltd was a leading designer, marketer and full line supplier of branded and licensed soccer products. Its branded products consisted of uniforms, warm-up gear, footwear and active casual wear.
The company’s licensed products consisted of apparel and equipment carrying the logo of the Umbro-sponsored national and professional teams such as England, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Olympique Lyonnais.
In addition to its own operations in the UK, the company had licensing agreements covering over 90 countries worldwide.
It was listed on the London Stock Exchange in May 2004.