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2013

July 2013

  1. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge

    Royal seal of approval for St George’s

      Sir Bob Murray was appointed as Project Director of St George’s Park in 2008 due to his vast experience in the football industry and in stadia and property development. St George’s Park was officially…

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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge

     

    Sir Bob Murray was appointed as Project Director of St George’s Park in 2008 due to his vast experience in the football industry and in stadia and property development.

    St George’s Park was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 9th October 2012 and Bob and his wife Sue had the honour of spending time with the royal couple.

    “Sue and I were introduced to the Duke and Duchess and had the opportunity to speak to them for them for a long time. There was something glowing about them both and it wasn’t long after we met that the news the Duchess of Cambridge was expecting their first baby was revealed.

    “It was wonderful to hear that they had welcomed their first child into the world in July and to later hear he was going to be called Prince George, said Bob.

    “It did make me smile when I heard the name as it reminded me of Prince William asking me all about the inspiration for the name of St George’s Park last year. The Centre was originally called the National Football Centre but the FA gave me the privilege of naming it St George’s Park.

    “The Duke of Cambridge asked me where the name had come from when we were chatting and I replied for King and Country, Sir!”

    “I understand that the Prince was named after the Queen’s father, George VI and in choosing a name borne by six previous Kings, as well as England’s patron saint, the couple chose well.”

    Since its opening St George’s Park has earned plaudits from across sport and the globe for the quality of its facilities as well as the hope that it has injected into the future of English football.

     

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

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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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2011

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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2003

July 2003

  1. HRH Duke of York unveils plaque at Academy opening ceremony

    Duke of York officially opens Academy

    HRH Duke of York unveils plaque at Academy opening ceremony HRH The Duke of York visited Sunderland AFC for the second time in July 2003 to officially open the Academy of Light; he opened the…

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    HRH Duke of York unveils plaque at Academy opening ceremony

    HRH The Duke of York visited Sunderland AFC for the second time in July 2003 to officially open the Academy of Light; he opened the Stadium of Light in 1997.

    The Duke was relaxed as he joked and chatted with players, manager Mick McCarthy and Academy staff as he toured the facility. Sir Bob Murray who showed the Duke around said: “He was clearly impressed with what we believe are world class facilities and was very interested to understand why we believe the Academy is so important to the development of both young and established professional players, and how it will help us to compete at the highest level in the future.”

    The world class training ground and academy provides facilities for the club’s professional and young players from the age 8 upwards. The facilities include; indoor and outdoor training areas including 12-18 pitches of varying size; fitness rooms; medical and rehabilitation facilities including a hydrotherapy suite boasting 4 pools; classrooms, IT suite and library, media suite, parents lounge and administration offices. An indoor training facility was also opened in 2012.

    The Academy of Light was given the highest possible category rating by EPPP (Elite Player Performance Programme) inspectors in 2012.

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