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Wednesday 24 November, 2004

Umbro PLC

Statement re Site Visit

Umbro PLC
24 November 2004


Wednesday 24th November 2004

                        Investor and Analyst site visit

Umbro, the globally recognised football brand, is today hosting a site visit to
its Head Office in Cheadle for institutional investors and analysts.

The site visit will include presentations on Umbro's marketing strategy, the
international licensee network, the UK and US markets and new product
developments.

Trading continues as outlined at the time of the interim results announced on
Wednesday, 8th September 2004 and the Board remains confident of delivering
increased shareholder value.

The Board will update the analysts further on the following trading information:
          
     •    International wholesale equivalent sales have continued to grow during
          the second half at 11% over 2003 at constant exchange rates. This is
          marginally ahead of the growth achieved during the first half which 
          had benefited from the European 2004 Championship.

     •    In the USA the relationship with Footlocker is progressing well and Q1
          2005 footwear orders are over 200,000 pairs which is equivalent to 
          that achieved for the whole of 2004. Umbro product is now sold from 
          1,200 doors. The USA strategic target is to achieve sales of $100m by 
          the end of 2008.

     •    The Q1 2005 orders for branded apparel, footwear and equipment in the 
          UK show an increase of 16% over 2004. This increase, boosted by the 
          success of Evolution X, underpins management's confidence that the 
          recent declining trends in the sales of branded goods in the UK will 
          be reversed in 2005.

     •    The 2005 order levels- for England home kit are, as expected, in line
          with 2004 despite the fact that 2005 will be a non-tournament year

For further information or to obtain a copy of the presentations, please contact
Brunswick on 020 7404 5959.

Contact:

Geoff Haslehurst
Chief Financial Officer, Umbro plc
Tel: 0161 492 2115

Simon Sporborg / Emily Kerr
Brunswick Group
Tel: 020 7404 5959

Umbro is a globally recognised football brand with a strong heritage derived
from more than 70 years' association with the sport of football. Based in the
UK, where the Umbro business was founded in 1924, the Group designs, sources and
markets football-related products, which are sold in over 90 countries.


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