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Henry Fawsitt
Type Private
Genre Sports equipment
Founded United Kingdom
Headquarters Rawtenstall, England
Area served Worldwide, except Central, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa
Products Tracksuits
Footwear
Chavvy clothes
Knock Off Bling
Parent Jacobson Group
Website www.gola.co.uk
www.golaclassics.com

Gola is a sporting goods manufacturer based in the United Kingdom. It was founded on 22 May 1905, in Leicester, England. Gola was purchased by the Jacobson Group and has since expanded its range drastically.

The company produces mainly track suits and training shoes (sneakers), of which the models known as "Harrier" and "Chase" are particularly popular, especially in continental Europe.

Different Wikipedia contributors have their own childhood memories of Gola goods. Here are two:

"During the late 1980's and early 1990's in the United Kingdom, there was a schoolyard craze of having particular types or styles of sports shoes, or trainers. Gola trainers were usually cheaper than contemporary Adidas, Nike or Reebok trainers in the 1980s, making them very attractive for parents - though the shoes themselves were rarely popular with children. "

"In the 1970s, I remember Gola as being the sports bag to have. They had these big green ones that could be carried underarm or swung over the shoulder. I don't remember the products being any cheaper than the rivals, or disliked. The fashions had no rhyme or reason as far as I can recall. Kids!"

Recently, in the early 2000s, Gola sportswear was re-launched in the UK as a 'retro' sports fashion brand, selling to the same people, now grown up, who fondly remembered the brand from their childhood - but at premium prices.

Gola sponsored the Football Conference (previously Alliance Premier League) from 1984 until 1986, during which time the league was known as the Gola League. When Gola's backing finished, car maker Vauxhall took over.

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