The plan focuses on building wonderful memories and having fun together, Nigel used the word joy to describe the intention. Nigel supports many charities connected with sport, such as the Lord’s Taverners, the Saracens Foundation, which enhances the lives of needy young children through sport and education and the Cricket Federation for People with Disabilities. Without the generosity of men like Wray, the professional club game in England would not exist. Having Nigel on board as a long term partner is a fantastic addition. The club pays attention to the whole family; he shared with me the words of the wife of a player Saracens are in talks with; at his current club she doubts that anyone knows her name. Nick adds: "We have some exciting plans for the future. The current CEO, Mitesh Velani, who arranged the finance for the £23m redevelopment of Allianz Park that will be completed this year, remains on the board as a consultant. He added: "It has been acknowledged by the panel that we never deliberately sought to mislead anyone or breach the cap and that's why it feels like the rug is being completely pulled out from under our feet.". Wie bewerten Sie die aktuell angezeigte Seite? According to Linda, his favourite saying is ‘if more young people were involved in sport and being part of a team, then fewer old ladies would be mugged!’. It was at Old Millhillians that Nigel met his future wife, Linda, and it was through contacts made there that he became known as someone with a sharp eye for investment opportunities. Is it possible to be a hugely successful and innovative businessman, to enjoy remarkable achievement, and yet remain an ‘ordinary family man’ with traditional ethical principles, modesty and morality? From the passion for sport at school and the impressive collection of memorabilia it is clear that Nigel was likely to jump at an opportunity to become involved in a sporting organisation at a deeper level. A man full of joy and passion, I left with an even greater understanding of the club I support, and a very big smile on my face having met a thoroughly inspiring man. How to get into rugby union - get into the social team game that brings people together. In the businesses Nigel has been involved with he’s looked to the ‘man’ running the organisation in the first instance. The 71-year old will remain the owner of the loss-making double champions, but the fear of supporters is that he will look to sell up and plunge Europe’s most successful club in the last decade into uncertainty. I asked Nigel to name a favourite and I’d say he struggled to choose; he played rugby for Hampshire in the Centres, in a team who struggled to win a game, this in no way dulled his passion for the game. Get latest scores and headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. As the time I spent with him went by I think I grew to understand why; more of that later. The club initially indicated they would appeal, but later decided not to take the matter any further and Wray said they accepted the penalties "with humility". I was able to watch some cricket as I waited for Nigel; another passion of mine and of the man I’d come to meet. An interesting insight from a very successful man in Nigel’s words ‘I wish I’d known 30 years ago what I’ve learnt from sport, I would have been a lot better as a businessman’. Nigel William Wray was born in London in 1948. A Saracens, London Broncos & London Skolars season ticket holder, likely adding Hemel Stags too! Queens Road Having studied classics at school, Nigel came to Bristol in 1967 to study Economics and Economic History. Quietly ambitious Sale demand to be taken seriously after Tuilagi deal, Amid the drama, Saracens have pulled off the perfect club statement. I’d had no concept of the size of the collection amassed by Nigel, I had seen a number of paintings on the wall at Allianz Park but I had no idea that he had put together the largest private collection of sporting memorabilia in the world. Nigel’s emergence as a major player on the financial scene, and his involvement in developments of many different kinds, such as the Trocadero on London’s Piccadilly, led to him becoming a director of over 50 companies. Altruistic he is, and his acts of kindness have assisted countless people, including many of those with whom he has worked over the years. Among many business interests, the one for which he was best known, and considered to be a risk by others, was the re-launch of a ‘city’ journal, the Fleet Street Letter. Without those little acorns where will the next mighty oaks come from. He became a boarder at Mill Hill School, where he came across his friend Martyn Thomas, now the Chairman of the Rugby Football Union, a sport with which Nigel was to become very involved later in life. Edward Griffiths, who was the chief executive of Saracens for nearly seven years from 2008, returns to the position in an interim capacity for the next year. Nigel had never been one for anything ‘flashy’, unless one could describe his rather racy Hillman Imp from his student days in that vein, but with his first significant earnings, he did invest in a second hand Aston Martin DB5. ", www.V2lights.co.ukhttps://v2lights.co.uk/. Griffiths will bring experience and he left Saracens before the co-investment schemes started, although he never courted popularity at gatherings of Premiership Rugby’s board. Nigel played hall rugby and for the University seven-a-side team in the UAU championships, but often went home at weekends to play for Old Millhillians at both rugby and cricket. He went on to act as a financial adviser to a number of these people, one being Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. I present to you Nigel William Wray as eminently worthy of the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa. His eyes lit up as he spoke about the club that is so close to his heart, explaining that the corridor outside has on its walls photos of the players having fun rather than the obligatory men in shirts style shots. First published on Thu 2 Jan 2020 05.04 EST. His response was to explain that he wouldn’t sponsor the team but he would invest; at that stage he bought 80% of the business; a business that had a turnover of £80K. I try to be unbiased, shout if I'm not! It was perhaps appropriate that when Nigel acquired Saracens Rugby Club at the onset of the professional era, one early signing was Bristol graduate Kyran Bracken, an early beneficiary of the performance programme.
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