|H.J. Gray, Founder|
Grays International is a British sporting goods manufacturing company based in Robertsbridge, England. The company was founded in 1855 by rackets champion H. J. Gray, producing equipment for cricket, field hockey, netball and rugby union.
In 1855 The company of H. J. Gray and Sons was founded in Cambridge by Henry John Gray, who started manufacturing wooden racquets for Cambridge students, among them Ranjitsinjhi, King Edward VII and King George VI. in 1941 Alison Gray merged the company with hockey stick manufacturer J. Hazells, to form Grays hockey and also acquired the world-renowned cricket bat business of L. J. Nicolls, resulting in Gray-Nicolls. The 1980s and 90s expansion meant Grays International had to move the headquarters to larger premises in Robertsbridge, a village in East Sussex, where it remains to this day. The company grew by expanding into clothing and footwear, and by acquisitions including the Gilbert Rugby brand, which doubled the size of the company in 2002. It is still run by members of the Gray family.
Brands and products
- "gn-sports". gn-sports. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
- Ltd, Grays of Cambridge (International). "Gray-Nicolls - History | Where tradition meets innovation". www.gray-nicolls.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
- "Contact us - Grays of Cambridge (International) Ltd". www.grays-int.com. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
- Ltd, Grays of Cambridge (International). "Gilbert Rugby - History | Rugby's Original Brand". www.gilbertrugby.com. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
- Ltd, Grays of Cambridge (International). "Gray-Nicolls - Meet the Family | Where tradition meets innovation". www.gray-nicolls.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-09.