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2013

October 2013

  1. Sir Bob's invitation to the FA's 150th anniversary gala dinner

    The FA celebrates 150th Anniversary

      The FA celebrated its 150th anniversary in October and Sir Bob attended a prestigious gala dinner in London to mark the special occasion. The celebration took place at The Grand Connaught Rooms on 26th…

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    Sir Bob’s invitation to the FA’s 150th anniversary gala dinner

    The FA celebrated its 150th anniversary in October and Sir Bob attended a prestigious gala dinner in London to mark the special occasion.

    The celebration took place at The Grand Connaught Rooms on 26th October, on the site where the FA was founded 150 years ago, and guests included leading FA officials and figures from football past and present.

    Bob, who served on the Wembley Board and was appointed Project Director of St George’s Park by The FA in 2008, said; “The FA is the oldest football association in the world and I was delighted to be invited to celebrate 150 years.

    “In recent years The FA has made a very significant investment in football infrastructure in this country to create facilities the nation can be proud of.

    “The new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 and I personally think it is the best stadium in the world.  Just as importantly, it has invested in flagship facilities to develop players and coaches from grassroots level to elite football with the opening of St George’s Park at Burton.  I hope this will be a good omen for the next 150 years.”

     

     

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2012

July 2012

  1. London Olympics

    As a great supporter of British sport and home grown talent, Bob was thrilled by the spectacle and success of the 2012 Olympics, saying, “Like most of the nation I was gripped by Olympics and Paralympics…

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    As a great supporter of British sport and home grown talent, Bob was thrilled by the spectacle and success of the 2012 Olympics, saying, “Like most of the nation I was gripped by Olympics and Paralympics and wowed by the sporting triumph of the men and women of Team GB as well as the Olympic organisers led by Lord Coe.”

     The Olympics are not just about winning medals though and Bob was keen to praise the behaviour and conduct of those that represented Great Britain during the Games: “The exemplary sporting behaviour, professional attitude and impeccable image of the sports men and women at the Olympics was a lesson to all sports about how role-models should and can conduct themselves.  Football should take note as it still has a lot to learn in this respect.

     “I only had the pleasure to visit the Olympic stadium once during the games but thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience – although I did manage to choose one of the only days Team GB didn’t win any medals!

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1996

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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