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Six degrees of separation: Brintons and the Ashes

10th January 2014

We’ve all heard of the six degrees of separation – but the team at Brintons Australia have found their own striking connections between Brintons and the Ashes.

With Brintons ever building its presence in Australia and around the globe, we thought it would be fitting to explore five ways Brintons and the Ashes have been connected during the 2013-14 series. One point for each match Australia claimed victory over England.

1. Adelaide Oval

The second venue for the series, Adelaide Oval was where where Australia claimed their second victory. Brintons also came out on top – supplying a total of 5,400m² to the venue which has only recently been refurbished.

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground

A world record cricket crowd turned out for the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

At stumps on day one, the official attendance was 91,092, surpassing the previous record mark of 90,800. And Brintons supported this world record crowd with over 3,800m² of carpet supplied to the MCG.

Even in the club's Long Room and dining areas where it features the Melbourne Cricket Club's logo emblazoned across the floor.

3. Sydney Cricket Ground

While England already faced defeat, they still suited up and tried to regain some ground in the final match. Unfortunately, the only ground the English gained was supplied by Brintons; over 2,500m² of Axminster carpet in fact.

4. The Opera House

Where Ashes celebrations took place after Australia took out all five games over England. Prime Minister Tony Abbott stood on the steps of the Opera House and spoke about the strength of our Australian team. Strength not unlike Brintons carpet; 4,000m² of which happens to grace the floors inside the Opera House.

5. Historic Connections

The Ashes began way back in 1882, around the same time Brintons started trading as a limited company. Trading as Brinton and Son in 1881, and although the company has gone through many changes since then, both the Ashes and Brintons are steeped in English history.

So what have we learned?

  1. Not only has Australia taken the Ashes back from the English – but they have done so playing in Australian stadiums that feature British carpet. Brintons carpet supported the footfall of thousands of spectators at the Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground for the 2013/14 Ashes series.
  2. Maybe the British should stick to what they do best; making quality carpet.

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