RETRO: The beloved world of Sugg Sport

Sugg sport on Pinstone Street today, gearing up to sell off their stock and close down. 
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Sugg sport on Pinstone Street today, gearing up to sell off their stock and close down. SUGGS
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It must rank up there as one of the most beloved former shops Sheffield has ever had.

Sugg Sport, once a veritable lynchpin of city centre trading on The Moor (as well as having another outlet in Doncaster), sadly closed for good in 2000.

NEWS....22/11/2000
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Closing down: Doncaster Sugg Sport store manageress Lisa Hansford (centre) and staff members Kate Garrison (left) and Claire Cobb pictured in the Frenchgate Centre sports wear outlet which is closing down.

NEWS....22/11/2000 SUGGS Closing down: Doncaster Sugg Sport store manageress Lisa Hansford (centre) and staff members Kate Garrison (left) and Claire Cobb pictured in the Frenchgate Centre sports wear outlet which is closing down.

The store had been a go-to outlet for anything sports related, and the brand can trace its origins back to sporting legacy: the ancestors of the business’ founders include Derbyshire cricketing legend Walter Sugg and his brother Frank Sugg.

Stars were drawn to the place many years down the line - one picture shows boxer Naseem Hamed with a young Ryan Rhodes, at age 15, at Sugg Sport, after Ryan won a place on the England training course in July 1992.

The Star’s readers were equally fond of the store.

Jeremy White said: “Best sports shops around, restringing tennis rackets, new handles on cricket bats, at the time the only place you could get decent goalie gloves. So sad it went.”

Tim Sugg (right), Chairman of Sugg Sport, and Mr C Pinder, League Chairman, unveil the new logo for the Sugg Sport Sheffield & District Junior Football League.

Tim Sugg (right), Chairman of Sugg Sport, and Mr C Pinder, League Chairman, unveil the new logo for the Sugg Sport Sheffield & District Junior Football League.

Neil North added: “This was the place to buy your trainers from.

“I bought my first pair of Nike trainers, Head sports bag and Cabrini coat from Suggs with my first Christmas money, top place”

And Barrie Rees added that the store sold ‘Everything from jock straps to 12 bore shot guns.’

Derek Cantwell added: “Such a sad day when Suggs closed for good.”