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2012

October 2012

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    The opening of St George’s Park

    The FA’s national football centre, St George’s Park, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 9th October 2012. Bob and his wife Sue officially welcomed the Royal couple. The Duke of…

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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, David Bernstein, Chairman of FA, Sir Bob and Lady  Murray at opening of St George’s Park

    The FA’s national football centre, St George’s Park, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 9th October 2012. Bob and his wife Sue officially welcomed the Royal couple.

    The Duke of Cambridge opened the new £105 million training base in Burton-Upon-Trent, which was completed in July in his capacity as President of the Football Association.

    The new National Football Centre is a state-of-the-art training complex which boasts 12 full size training pitches, a multisport indoor hall, five gyms and the only FIFA accredited Centre of Medical Excellence in the country. The 330 acre site also includes two top class hotels, Hilton and Hampton by Hilton.

    Sir Bob was appointed Project Director for St George’s Park by the Football Association in November 2008 due to his wealth of football experience and his expertise in building world class football stadia and property development background.

    Sir Bob said: “I am thrilled that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could join us to celebrate the opening of St George’s Park and to show their support for this incredible sporting facility.”

    “St George’s Park may have been a long time in coming but it was worth the wait. It is a masterpiece of design and function, merging high quality architectural standards with exacting operational demands. We not only have the most stylish football centre in the world but one that works on all levels and will deliver exceptional results.”

    England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad used the training facilities for the first time ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualification game against San Marino on 12th October.

     

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2001
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    University names Murray Library

    In November 2001 the University of Sunderland named its largest campus library in honour of Bob in recognition of his “loyal and continuing support for the University over many years, including his backing for its…

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    Bob Murray outside the Murray Library

    In November 2001 the University of Sunderland named its largest campus library in honour of Bob in recognition of his “loyal and continuing support for the University over many years, including his backing for its pioneering work in extending educational opportunities to all those who can benefit from them, regardless of background”.

    The flagship City Centre Campus library was named The Murray Library during a ceremony attended by the University Chancellor, Lord Putnam. Bob was previously honoured by the University in 1997, when he received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration for his contribution to football and Sunderland’s business life.

    Commenting at the naming ceremony Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Fidler said: “Bob has a strong personal commitment to social inclusion, which is reflected in Sunderland AFC’s outstanding programme to promote sport, education and good citizenship in the community – the best of its type in the Premiership. It is particularly appropriate that his name will be associated with an innovative University service that is at the forefront of widening public access to information and learning.”

    Bob said: “The University of Sunderland makes an enormous contribution to education, the city and the region. It is open, accessible and inclusive and these are characteristics of significant social and civic value.

    “As Chairman of SAFC I was always very proud of the partnership between the club and University, which I know is still as strong today. Given my own passion for the power of education to inspire, motivate and change lives I felt very honoured that the University chose to name the library after me.”

    Sir Bob Murray and Lord David Puttnam

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1997

May 1997

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    Farewell to Roker Park

    After 99 years the final whistle blew on Roker Park in May 1997. The last ever league game was an emotionally charged affair against Everton on 3rd May, which Sunderland won 3-0. It was the…

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    After 99 years the final whistle blew on Roker Park in May 1997. The last ever league game was an emotionally charged affair against Everton on 3rd May, which Sunderland won 3-0. It was the end of era in typical Sunderland style though and the team still needed to win the final away game of the season against Wimbledon to guarantee safety but lost 1-0. 

    The Farewell to Roker Park match, the final ceremonial game against Liverpool, was played in front of a 22,000 full house on 13th May against the backdrop of relegation to The Championship.  “It was emotional leaving Roker Park as I started going to matches with my dad in 1956 but I knew in my heart that Roker was the past and the Stadium of Light was the future,” said Bob.

    ” It was difficult for everyone to lift themselves after the Wimbledon match and travel back to Sunderland for the final ever match at Roker. The season had started with such excitement and optimism for the future. We were moving to a new stadium but were in the wrong division, which was a huge blow but we knew we had to close the chapter on Roker Park after 99 years in style.” 

     

     

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