Hobbs Sports first came about when Cricket's greatest ever run scorer and the first professional cricketer to be knighted, Jack Hobbs, opened a sports shop in Fleet Street, London in 1926. Since Jack was still a full time cricketer, one of his younger brothers, Sidney, ran the shop, until returning to Cambridge to open his own store at 38 Trinity Street in 1931. Hobbs Sports in Cambridge grew in size and reputation as generation after generation appreciated the personal service of a quality sports store.
From the 1970's a succession of high street multiples started to dominate the 'sports' trade. Many longstanding shops suffered and closed, including Hobbs in London. In Cambridge out of several, only Hobbs Sports and Grays Sports survived. Founded by Harry Gray, the World Champion Rackets' player, in 1855- Grays was Cambridge's largest sports shop for over 150 years. However, after a lengthy series of meetings-discussing the costs, problems, potential and future of specialist sports retailing in Cambridge, an historic agreement was reached, when on the 20th March 2006, Hobbs Sports bought Grays Sports large store in Sidney street. By June the smaller Trinity street store was 'retired' and Cambridge's specialist sports retailing future was committed to one store. Hobbs Sports in Sidney St.
David is the managing director and equipment manager. He is a former minor counties cricketer, qualified coach and cricket devotee.
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Clive is the store manager and clothing manager.
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Geoff, our assistant manager and footwear manager.
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