Lillywhites was founded in 1863 by the Lillywhite family, a leading cricket family. As a gentleman was seen to require cricket bats and cigars, the first store on London’s Haymarket sold only cricket bats and cigars. But the Lillywhites store soon progressed to other sports equipment.
In 1866, the Lillywhites No 5 football was picked for a Football Association match. This was the first time a ball had been specified for a football game. In the same year, the Ivy League also chose the Lillywhite No J American football as the standard American college football.
Lillywhites is still the UK’s oldest, finest and the world’s largest sports store. With almost 150 years of experience, Lillywhites offers premium sports equipment, trainers and sports wear.