"In our time the club played 110 games in Europe, reached the FA Cup final twice and played in the Champions League. We built a new ground and a new training centre. I didn't want to sell and I did not need the money.
"It was good for us financially. But we were just passing through. The club is an institution which really belongs to its supporters."
The Halls, who owned a larger stake than Freddy Shepherd and his brother, Bruce, made £95,748,570 in total from selling their shares, salaries and dividends, while the Shepherds made £50,099,604 altogether.