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A referee who started his career in the West Riding County Amateur League and went on to run the line at the FA Cup final at Wembley is the guest speaker at the next meeting of Keighley Referees’ Association.
Bradford-based Graeme Atkins will give the talk at Silsden FC on Tuesday, March 13, 7.45pm.
Pie and peas (or a vegetarian option) are available for £2. Contact Simon Todd, 07866 089661, in advance if you wish to eat.
Mr Todd said: “It is several years since we last had the pleasure of his company . I can ensure you all that this will be an informative and entertaining evening.
“Graeme started his refereeing career in 1979 in the West Riding County Amateur and Northern Intermediate Leagues. He was appointed as a contributory league referee in 1988 and was promoted as an assistant to the Football League in 1989.
“In 1993 he was placed on the select group of assistant referees for the FA Premier League, a position he held for 14 years until his retirement in 2008.
“In 1999, he was appointed to the FIFA list of assistant referees, which led to 46 trips over five years travelling round Europe officiating in club and international fixtures.
“One of the highlights of his career was to do the last FA Cup Final at the old Wembley in 2000 between Chelsea and Aston Villa.
“Following his retirement he began assessing at contributory league level and after his first season was successful in being promoted to assessing on the Football League.”
Entry is free and non-referees are welcome.
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