Rugby menswear shop ‘proud’ of cup final suits

Coventry City FC goalscorer in the EFL Trophy final against Oxford United Gael Bigirimana wearing Albert's Menswear's suit before the game at Wembley. Photo by Simon Davies/Coventry City FC NNL-170404-090933001
Coventry City FC goalscorer in the EFL Trophy final against Oxford United Gael Bigirimana wearing Albert's Menswear's suit before the game at Wembley. Photo by Simon Davies/Coventry City FC NNL-170404-090933001

A Rugby menswear shop owner, who provided the suits for Coventry City FC’s successful cup final at Wembley yesterday, said he was ‘humbled and proud’.

Albert’s Menswear owner Dave Hall was asked to suit up the players, staff and directors for the Checkatrade Trophy final against Oxford United last Monday.

Albert's Menswear owner Dave Hall (centre) with Coventry City Football Club commercial manager Tynan Scope (right) and head of marketing Mark Hornby (left). Photo courtesy of Dave Hall NNL-170329-171436001

Albert's Menswear owner Dave Hall (centre) with Coventry City Football Club commercial manager Tynan Scope (right) and head of marketing Mark Hornby (left). Photo courtesy of Dave Hall NNL-170329-171436001

The team at the Regent Street shop worked tirelessly for 72 hours getting them ready and Mr Hall was there as a guest of the club to see his suits being worn before the match.

“We did it because we wanted to do it as you don’t get many opportunities to do that,” he said.

“To provide suits for the cup final at Wembley in front of 70,000 people, it’s pretty special.

“Not bad for a business that’s only been going 16 months – we’re all so humbled and very proud.”

Coventry City FC's Jodi Jones looking suave wearing one of Dave Hall's suits. Photo by Simon Davies/Coventry City FC NNL-170404-090920001

Coventry City FC's Jodi Jones looking suave wearing one of Dave Hall's suits. Photo by Simon Davies/Coventry City FC NNL-170404-090920001

After agreeing to provide the suits then fitting around 40 people on Tuesday, the seamstresses worked through the night to make 45 suits, 41 of which needed alterations, before delivering them on Saturday morning.

Mr Hall and his two sons were invited to Wembley to watch the game by Coventry City, joining the players and staff on the pitch pre-match as they wore his suits.

The Sky Blues went on to win 2-1 and the tailor said his heart was in his mouth when Oxford nearly scored late on, despite being a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

After the game, the family were invited into the players’ lounge to join the celebrations.

“They were showing off their medals and the trophy, it was nice of the players to come out of their way to see us and speak to my sons,” Mr Hall said.

“[Coventry City manager] Mark Robins was late for the coach because he was talking to me, which was so nice.”

Coventry City FC commercial manager Tynan Scope said: “We are delighted to be working with Dave Hall and his extremely helpful team at Albert’s Menswear.

“We’ve only recently been introduced to Dave and we’ve hit it off immediately.

“The club looks forward to working with Albert’s Menswear and Marc Darcy London moving forward.”