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.