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December 2011

  1. RSM COAT OF ARMS

    Murray Family Coat of Arms Approved

    After being bestowed the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in November 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture…

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    After being bestowed the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in November 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture at Buckingham Palace took place in November that year.On receipt of his knighthood the College of Arms awarded Sir Bob Murray a Grant of Arms and

        accorded him the honour of a family crest. The Coat of Arms was approved by the Kings of Arms in December 2011 and was designed to reflect Bob’s life, interests, family and career.The black half panther is a symbol of his passion for Sunderland Football Club and is representative of its Black Cat mascot. Sir Bob invited supporters of the club to choose a new mascot in 1997, when it moved from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light.

    The red and white wreath on his coat of arms depicts a lifelong love of the City of Sunderland and, of course Jersey, where he married his wife Sue and now lives. The red theme is continued in the mantling which reflects both Sunderland and Jersey.

    Bob is very proud of his industrial heritage and north east roots and it is for this reason that he chose to include a colliery wheel as a fitting tribute to the coal mining tradition of his family and the region. The Stadium of Light was also built on the site of the largest former coal mine in Sunderland.

    The red saltire behind the colliery wheel was incorporated in the coat of arms to emphasise the   importance Jersey has played in Sir Bob’s life for nearly 40 years and his great love for the island, now the family home.

    Yorkshire is also of great importance to the family. The White Rose County is the county of birth of his wife Sue, his two daughters Alex and Nicole and his son James and is represented in the coat of arms by the inclusion of a rose branch with four white roses between the forepaws of the black demi panther. Bob has been successful in business in Yorkshire since 1969 and remains so   today.

    Similarly, four black lozenge (diamonds), which appear in the Arms of Durham and are seen on the County Durham flag, are symbolic of Sir Bob’s love and pride for his own county of birth. The lion rampant holding a sword as appears on the Durham flag is also included at the foot of the Badge.

    The motto ‘FORTUNE, INTEGRITY AND LABOUR’ was chosen by the family to convey their beliefs that ample amounts of luck and hard work, together with integrity, have helped them realise their    ambitions and achieve success.

    A helmet is only permitted in the design of a coat of arms for a Knight of the Realm and the Insignia for Knight and CBE. The Knight Bachelor’s badge and the circlet of the CBE are also featured in the coat of arms.

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2010
  1. Sir Bob knighted

    Sir Bob knighted

    After being awarded the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Sir Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture…

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    Sir Bob knighted

    After being awarded the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Sir Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture at Buckingham Palace took place in November that year.

    Bob said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive this honour. I feel extremely privileged and see this award as being not just for me personally but for my family and friends who have supported me and helped me reach my goals.

    He explained: “My parents worked extremely hard throughout their lives. They did not get the opportunities in life that many people enjoy today but they provided me with the values and beliefs that have given me confidence to succeed. They would have been very moved and proud to see that my personal achievements have been recognised in this way. I would also like to thank my wife Sue. She is the anchor of my life and I am sharing this honour with her and our three children”.

    On receipt of his knighthood the College of Arms awarded Sir Bob Murray a Grant of Arms and accorded him the honour of a family crest. The Coat of Arms was approved by the Kings of Arms in December 2011 and was designed to reflect Bob’s life, interests, family and career, expressing ideals which are relevant.

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1997

July 1997

  1. SAFC Crest

    New club crest revealed

    Over the years Sunderland AFC has sported at least 7 different badges or crests and the move to the new stadium in July 1997 coincided with the latest version being revealed. cheap nfl jerseys,cheap jerseys,wholesale…

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    Over the years Sunderland AFC has sported at least 7 different badges or crests and the move to the new stadium in July 1997 coincided with the latest version being revealed.

    Bob was keen that a distinctive new crest be launched to coincide with the start life of life in the stadium and hoped that a fresh, modern image would help the club open an exciting new chapter in its history.

    Bob said: “The previous badge had been is use for about 30 years but was regarded as outdated by some and the depiction of a sinking ship which had become the norm to mock the club was disliked by many. I thought the time was right to make a change and update the image of the club. It was never going to be popular with everyone but I think it was the right thing to do.”

    The brief for the design was to draw its visual inspiration from across the region and the heartlands of Sunderland support.

    The crest includes a central shield divided into quarters and featuring unmistakable regional landmarks. The Wearmouth Bridge, is featured in the bottom right of the shield while Penshaw Monument in the top left, is included to acknowledge the depth of support for the team outside the City boundaries. The remaining quarters proudly boast the internationally recognised red and white stripes of Sunderland AFC.

    Supporting either side of the crest are a pair of lions which also feature on the City of Sunderland’s coat of arms – a reference to the long tradition of mutual support between two great institutions.

    A colliery wheel crowns the crest to honour the strong mining traditions of the region and acts as a reminder that the Stadium of Light lies on land which was once the largest mine in Sunderland and one of the most important in County Durham, Monkwearmouth Colliery.

    Entwined with the colliery wheel is the club motto, “Consectatio Excellentiae” – “In pursuit of excellence”, a fitting inspiration to the team and its supporters.

     

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