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2004
  1. Football Foundation

    Invitation to join the Football Foundation Board

      Bob was invited by the Premier League to sit on the Board of the Football Foundation in 2004. The Board had a budget of approximately £40m per year to invest in football stadia and…

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    Football Foundation

    Bob was invited by the Premier League to sit on the Board of the Football Foundation in 2004. The Board had a budget of approximately £40m per year to invest in football stadia and the scheme was inclusive to all clubs throughout the country.

    The scheme was introduced at a time when many clubs outside of the Premier League were still catching up with the Taylor Report and lots of stands were being closed down in need of modernisation. During Bob’s time on the Board it awarded approximately £100m to clubs throughout the country.

    In the same year Sunderland PLC de-listed from the London Stock Exchange. Bob later sold the club to Niall Quinn and his Irish consortium (Drumaville) for £5.7m in 2006.

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1996
  1. Stadium of Light

    Funding the Stadium of Light

    The funds from the flotation were used exclusively to fund the Stadium of Light. The capital cost of the 42,000 seater stadium was £23m, a remarkable design and build cost for a new stadium in…

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    The funds from the flotation were used exclusively to fund the Stadium of Light. The capital cost of the 42,000 seater stadium was £23m, a remarkable design and build cost for a new stadium in the UK.

    The stadium was designed to be easily expanded and was extended to 49,000 in 2000 at a cost of £7m. It has planning permission to extend to 55,555 and the stadium freehold footprint has a maximum potential capacity of 66,000.

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December 1996

  1. Bob Murray and John Fickling launch share price

    Sunderland floats on London Stock Exchange

    Sunderland AFC was one of the first UK clubs’ to float on the London Stock Exchange in December 1996. The flotation raised £12m of new money for the club, which was completely ring-fenced for the…

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    Bob Murray and John Fickling launch share price

    Sunderland AFC was one of the first UK clubs’ to float on the London Stock Exchange in December 1996. The flotation raised £12m of new money for the club, which was completely ring-fenced for the Stadium of Light. Bob also personally delivered a 7-figure cash injection to demonstrate his desire and commitment to see the project through.

    Bob decided to float the Premiership club to raise the much needed capital to fund the building of the new stadium and to widen share ownership. Following the flotation and the issue of new shares Bob’s controlling interest in Sunderland AFC reduced from 80% to 50%.

    Sunderland PLC Board (David Chance, Sir Bob Murray, Bryan Sanderson, Sir Richard Storey, John Fickling)

    Unlike other football flotations’ at the time, such as that of near neighbours Newcastle United, the issue of new shares diluted Bob’s stake in the club and he did not sell any of his own shares to profit from the float.

    Following the flotation Bob appointed an eminent board of non-executive directors to promote corporate governance and challenge the club including the former Managing Director of BP Bryan Sanderson CBE, the former CEO of BSkyB David Chance and Sir Richard Storey CBE former Chairman of Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers.

     

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October 1996

  1. RSM rhyming slang

    Rhyming slang

    Whilst Sir Bob is a knight of the realm as well as the Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and even has a library at Sunderland University named after him, there are very few achievements that…

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    Whilst Sir Bob is a knight of the realm as well as the Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and even has a library at Sunderland University named after him, there are very few achievements that are quite as individual as your name becoming a part of the legendary cockney rhyming slang.

    “I’m still flying around London in black cabs all the time, and sometimes still get asked if I’m ‘in a Bob Murray’ on my way to various places. I think the first time I heard it was around 1996 when we floated the club on the stock exchange, and I’m not sure if it was a complimentary thing because I was there in person and the taxi drivers recognised me or not, but It’s certainly a strange thing to hear”.

    Even if Bob is skeptical as to whether his name really is synonymous with being ‘in a hurry’ down south, this Expedia advert for holidaying in the UK would certainly agree with the former, even being translated at the bottom.

    It’s a pretty unusual seeing your name being translated back into your own language, but whether Bob Murray now means in a hurry in cockney slang, mockney slang, or still just means Bob Murray, being recognised in cabs and stories like this are “Not bad for a lad from Consett, eh?”

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1992
  1. HRH Princess Margaret with Sir Bob at the opening of Omega plc

    Omega PLC is founded

      Bob founded Omega PLC based at Capitol Park in Thorne, near Doncaster. The company is a brand leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality fitted branded kitchen furniture, which it supplies…

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    HRH Princess Margaret with Sir Bob at the opening of Omega plc

    Bob founded Omega PLC based at Capitol Park in Thorne, near Doncaster. The company is a brand leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality fitted branded kitchen furniture, which it supplies via independent kitchen specialist outlets across the United Kingdom.

    http://www.omegaplc.co.uk

    Omega PLC was successfully floated on the Alternative Investment Market [AIM] in April 2004. In January 2009 Omega PLC was successfully de-listed from the AIM market by way of a management buyout. Despite the economy Omega continues to be outstandingly successful.

    The company operates from a 315,000sqft purpose-built complex housing its manufacturing, distribution, trade showrooms and headquarters. This facility is located next to Junction 6 of the M18 at Thorne, near Doncaster where operations began in 1996.

    Omega’s purpose-built manufacturing complex boasts the very latest technology in kitchen production. Computer-aided design and computer-controlled manufacturing facilities work in unison to create an exciting range of modern and classic kitchens, together with the very latest innovations and design features.

    In 2000 Omega was named 2nd in manufacturing in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 awards and 11th overall in the country.

     

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1978
  1. Spring Ram, the company Sir Bob co-founded in 1978

    Spring Ram is founded

      In 1978 Bob co-founded the legendary Spring Ram, one of the darlings of the Stock Exchange in the 1980’s. Initially based in an old mill in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, the company targeted the…

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    Spring Ram, the company Sir Bob co-founded in 1978

    In 1978 Bob co-founded the legendary Spring Ram, one of the darlings of the Stock Exchange in the 1980’s. Initially based in an old mill in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, the company targeted the evolving home improvement, kitchen and bathrooms market.

    The company was floated in April 1983 with a market capitalisation of £10 million. At the end of the first day’s trading Spring Ram was valued at £16 million.

    By 1989 the company, which had also moved into property had over 3 million square feet of freehold factory, production and warehouse space, 2,000 employees and profits in the region of £25 million a year with cash deposits of over £50 million.

    In 1989 Bob Murray resigned and within two years had founded a new company, Omega PLC. Omega is a brand leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality fitted branded kitchen furniture, which it supplies via independent kitchen specialist outlets across the United Kingdom.

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