Canterbury Europe has gone into administration with the loss of 72 jobs in the UK.

Administrators KPMG said the firm had been hit by the culmination of “difficult trading and an "unsuccessful move” into other sports, such as football. The weakening of the pound also added to Canterbury’s problems, as it imports its goods from the Far East.

KPMG said in a statement: “All sponsorship contracts in Canterbury Europe have been terminated as a result of the administration, and the affected clubs will rank as unsecured creditors in relation to any amounts they were owed for the remainder of the contract.”

The European arm of Canterbury employs 86 people, 72 of whom have now been made redundant.

The rest of the Canterbury Group, such as the Canterbury brand founded in New Zealand, is not affected by the administration and continues to trade as usual, although the group is believed to be looking for a buyer or investor.

The firm branched out into football 2 years ago, and recently had sponsorship agreements with: Portsmouth, Preston North End (starting from the 2009-10 season) Mansfield Town, Farnborough, Harrogate Town, Deportivo La Coruña, Lille, AZ and Motherwell

Mansfield Town say they are 'very disappointed' to learn that their kit suppliers Canterbury have fallen into administration.

Stags' new away kit would have been previewed to the travelling fans at Newport this Saturday and against Leicester at home on Tuesday.

Town were also planning to launch the away kit at their forthcoming Open Day on Sunday, 26th July.

The chairman continued: "Our main concern is that our first team have enough kit, followed by replicas for the supporters.

"We will have to act quickly to search for alternatives," he added.


Comments (7)

  1. fsc

Looks like some potentially nice kits will never see the light of day.<br />R.I.P Canterbury.

  1. fsc

So am i correct in thinking that canterbury will do the kits for this season and then thats it or do the kits for this season need replacing?

  1. fsc

So am i correct in thinking that canterbury will do the kits for this season and then thats it or do the kits for this season need replacing?
<br />Unless clubs have already received their kits they will need to find an alternative supplier. At this late stage that could prove tricky.

  1. fsc

yup, thats why deportivo la coruna dropped them. Towards the end of the season the players were having to wear fan replicas. Very unfortunate specially since i like their work. CCC

  1. fsc

What a major dissapointment. I feel so sorry for the clubs who have canterbury as their kit supplier because the kits are just so nicely done. take motherwell for example, for years (and i dont mean any disrespect at all) have had not so good kit suppliers in the recent seasons, and now they have canterbury and their kit looked so nice. but now this fart has happened, and now i worry thats motherwell and the other clubs are going to have such an awful kit supplier. well bair in mind the kits of their new suppliers might look good, but even then this is a real hassle...


What a shame, but I\'m glad that the NZ and USA branches are doing alright. Canterbury is one of my favorite companies, even though their casual wear is overpriced.

  1. fsc

I dont think any of you lot understand what happened and why it happened.<br /><br />Please refer to AZ Alkmaar\'s 2009 Quick announcement.

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