Life-membership rewards as referee pair give 50 years’ service

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TWO long-serving South Yorkshire stalwarts of the refereeing world will be honoured at the National Referees Association Conference later this month.

Ted Ring, from Sheffield Referees Association, and Peter Griffiths, from Doncaster Referees Society, are the pair to be honoured with Life Membership of the Referees Association.

It will bestowed on them at the National Referees Conference in London on July 13.

Both men have served the refereeing cause in one form or another for over 50 years.

Ted qualified as a referee in 1958 and after being in the middle for some 27 years, has continued to contribute to the work of refereeing in many and various ways.

Among posts he has held have been chairman of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Referees Association and of Sheffield Referees Association of which he was also president.

He has been a referees assessor since 1979 but much longer in his contributory role as editor of the Sheffield RA magazine, as well as editor of the County RA’s Benchmark publication.

He also had a spell with S& H FA as the referees appointments secretary.

Like Ted, Peter has previously received a 50-year service award from the National RA. He started refereeing in 1956, doing so for 26 years, and later became an assessor.

He is president of the S&H County Referees Association and is a past chairman.

He has been President of the Doncaster Referees Society since 2004 and held the chairman’s role for 20 years.

Long and Meritorious Service awards will be made to Sheffield RA’s John Harden, Rotherham RA’s Phil Woodward and Chesterfield RA’s Peter Rapson.