Semore Kurdi

  • Hogan Appointed Falcons MD

    Mick Hogan has been appointed managing director of Newcastle Falcons with immediate effect and will be reporting directly to chairman Semore Kurdi. Hogan has been assisting the club for the past six months as a commercial consultant after previously working at the Falcons as commercial director and head of marketing as well as being CEO at Wigan Warriors RL and Sale Sharks RFC. Speaking about the appointment, Newcastle chairman Semore Kurdi said "I'm delighted that Mick has taken up this new rol...

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  • Kurdi Appointed Interim Premiership Chairman

    Newcastle Falcons chairman Semore Kurdi has been elected by the Premiership Rugby Board as chairman on an interim basis from 30 June following the announcement last month that Quentin Smith was leaving the role after six years. “We’re underway with the process of identifying a new, independent chairman and I’m very happy to assist the board during the intervening period through the start of the 2016-17 season”, said Kurdi. “A month ago, we concluded another very successful season f...

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  • New Majority Shareholder at Falcons

      Local business man Semore Kurdi has taken majority ownership of Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club with immediate effect. Kurdi is taking over from Dave Thompson who is ending his 12 year association with the Falcons after announcing he will stand down as chairman.   Thompson bought out out Sir John Hall’s Sporting Club shareholding in 1999 and with his backing not only ensured that professional rugby survived in the North-East, but the club enjoyed cup success winning two out of three Twickenha...

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  • Richards Returns with the Falcons

    ... the 'bloodgate' scandal.  Richards told the Falcons official website: “I am delighted to get the opportunity to join Newcastle Falcons. Whilst there was interest from other clubs, there are two reasons why I chose the Falcons – the supporters and Semore Kurdi’s ambition for the club. “I met up with Semore and his vision made my mind up.” Richards acknowledges the passionate Falcons fan-base, saying: “The Falcons fans are very enthusiastic about their rugby and they are fantastic pe...

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  • Falcons Owner In Gateshead Thunder Takeover

    Newcastle Falcons owner Semore Kurdi has taken over rugby league side Gateshead Thunder and it will now sit alongside the union club as part of Newcastle Rugby Limited with immediate effect. The Championship One side will continue to play their home matches at Gateshead International Stadium for the remainder of their 2014 season. There will also be no change to the club’s identity with the name, club logo and team colours to remain the same. Also remaining unchanged is the club’s coaching s...

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  • LV= Cup Shelved For 2015/16 Season

    ... confirmed to Running Rugby that the tournament will not take place after Newcastle announced to their supporters at a fans forum that the Falcons would be taking part in a replacement competition next season. Falcons majority shareholder and chairman Semore Kurdi promised supporters that the opposition would be no lower than top-flight level and that the games would not be friendlies. The Rugby World Cup means the 2015-16 league season in England will not start until mid-October....

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  • Falcons Appoint New Director of Rugby

    Newcastle Falcons owner Semore Kurdi today announced that Gary Gold (pictured) has been appointed as director of rugby for the remainder of the current season. He will be joined at Kingston Park by Mike Ford who will fulfil the role of defence coach. Alan Tait has taken a break from rugby but the remainder of the coaching staff will continue to support Gold and Ford as the club strives to maintain its Aviva Premiership status. Forwards coach Paul Moriarty will take charge of this Sunday’s Aml...

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  • Wells Joins Falcons

    ... delighted that John Wells has decided to come on board with the club. He is a world-class coach with a wealth of experience and he had a fantastic effect during his time at England. “His appointment is a real demonstration of intent from club owner Semore Kurdi about the importance of keeping top-flight rugby in the North East. “It is going to be a difficult job to keep Aviva Premiership rugby in the North East and we are in an unfortunate position in the league but we must focus on what we...

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  • Falcons Fight Back Under New Ownership

    Newcastle Falcons insist rugby union is alive and well in the North East of England despite a worrying slump in attendances at Kingston Park. The Aviva Premiership club, which this week has come under the control of new majority shareholder Semore Kurdi, could only attract 3,250 and 4,214 through the gate for marquee home games against Bath and Leicester this month. However, the club says an action plan has been put in place to address the issue and stress that enthusiasm for the game is undimin...

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  • New Exec Vice Chairman for Falcons

    ... off-field management structure while also maximising the opportunities for wider commercial development. The club hopes that the appointment will create a similar injection of impetus in the boardroom to match its positive progress on the pitch. Club owner Semore Kurdi said: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Paul to the Falcons team. His background, experience and knowledge will be invaluable to the club’s off-field development and will create a number of opportunities for us to grow a...

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