Referee of the year nominees
Richard Trinder / Dave March / Carl Jones / Russ Lagden
Had a good season even with the added work of referee secretary for the girls and women’s league, its a very tough job but survived my first season doing it. I’ve had several cup finals including the U18’s for the girls and marked consistently well from teams. Following on from a good season last year.
I’ve managed to help a number of referees this year and that’s what it’s all about.
Started the season with a big game – a cup final middle held over from the previous season.
Officiated a number of times at football league grounds this season, Hillsborough and The Keepmoat Stadium to name just a couple.
An English Schools FA final as Fourth Official was my biggest appointment this season. Managing the appointments on the U18 League was my biggest challenge.
Committee Member at Sheffield RA, and Referees Secretary on the Sheffield & District U18 League
Firstly I’d like to say thanks for the nomination
It’s been an amazing year for me both on and off the pitch.
Off the pitch, I became chairman of the Sheffield RA, something I take immense pride in and I have also headed up the mentoring program with mentees also achieving their goals.
I co-delivered the Ref-Mascot scheme with our first run out at Hillsborough on the last game of the season.
On the pitch
I achieved the highest appointments of my referee career so far by being appointed to the middle of the FA women’s national league fixtures
Sheffield FC Ladies v Hull city the highlight, I have been allocated to the Wragg league Semi Finals
And have also been awarded 4th Official in the Sunday junior cup final at the New York Stadium achievements of which I’m proud.
I have worked on my fitness this year and as a result of the Sheffield RA fitness sessions I have lost 3 and 1/2 stone in the past year.
Through all the above I have now decided to take the step to level 4 and have stated the Promotion season in February.
I started the year with a pre-season appointment to the European Universities Futsal Championships in Coimbra, Portugal where I was appointed as referee for the men’s semi final along with involvement in other great games over the week.
In September I was appointed to referee England v Croatia at St George’s Park which was a very challenging game, with Croatia being amongst the top-ranked futsal teams in the world.
To conclude the season, I was appointed to The FA Futsal Finals which were held at St George’s Park over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Up and coming ref
Harry Lever / Caitlin O’Grady / Clare Thompson / Tim Darnes / Russ Lagden
This season has been a good one for me and has concluded with me receiving my promotion to level 6. I have officiated on the County Senior Cup semi-final, the U18 supplementary cup final and my final game of the season being at Bramall Lane for the y11 Clegg Shield schools cup final, as well as being the assistant referee for Sheffield United first team at Stocksbridge after an injury to the assistant!
This is my first full season as a referee and i’ve been officiating 18 months. I’ve been an assistant referee for an over 35s semi final, refereed a sheffield and hallamshire girls cup final, was an assistant referee for the women’s national league quarter final and was the 4th official for the Fa girls youth plate cup final. I’ve applied for my promotion from level 7-6 and have began the process by refereeing u18s every saturday and refereeing my first ever open age fixtures. I have also been officiating as an assistant referee in the women’s northern premier league and the women’s northern division one on a regular basis throughout the season.
And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it
Firstly can I say how over the moon I am just to be nominated for this award – so thank you so much.
To say my season had a rocky start is an understatement, having only refereed junior football until
February 2018 then going straight into the promotion season a month later refereeing opening age
football was a challenge, but one I was ready for. Having refereed a few ladies games, I moved onto
the wragg league and the country senior league.
Initially finding the county senior league quite brutal, I soon settled with the help of the experienced
referees I was lucky enough to work with, I ended the season on there with confidence, knowledge
and invaluable experience as an assistant referee. I also was lucky enough to be the senior assistant
for the majority of the season – again gaining invaluable experience.
After my set back in November with the lack of middles I was being appointed to due to various
reasons – I was ready to call it a day with my promotion as I had no idea how I was going to turn it
round, however with the massive help and support from my mentor, the league secretaries I was
refereeing on along with hard work/ determination I managed to pull my season round to get all my
middles just in time for the end of the promotion season.
I found refereeing the male and female game in the middle quite intimidating initially, but soon
found my way with help and support after experiencing setbacks after extremely challenging games.
I have been lucky enough to finish my season off with the league women’s shield final as an assistant
referee and the women’s challenge cup final as fourth official – absolutely over moon with both
The icing on the cake was to receive confirmation that I have been promoted to L6, I have now
applied for L6-5 – something 12 month ago I would have never imagined me doing.
Thank you again for the nomination.
I have refereed throughout the 18/19 season on the U18s boys/WVH U19&U21/County Senior/Blades Super Draw/County Cup/academy competitions and/or leagues, gaining promotion from level 6 to 5.
The highlights of my season involved being appointed to the Worksop Van Hire U21 Development Championship Play-Off Final at Mansfield Town, the English Schools FA U14 Boys Cup Final at the Bet365 Stadium and the Blades Super Draw twentytwo Cup Final at Bramall Lane, all as assistant referee.
My immediate goal for next season is to establish myself as a level 5 and then potentially push for level 4 the season after.
Russ Lagden (Please see above nomination for details)