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Fife Referee Association continues to be well represented in our local leagues, in Europe and around the World

Jason Taylor and Ian Maxwell
Jason Taylor
Deaf referee Jason Taylor (Category 6, Fife RA) was match officiatial at the recent Deaf Champions League competition which was held in Milan. The competition consisted of 15 men’s’ clubs and 6 women’s’ clubs playing in the competitions.

The following interview with Jason was held by Ian Maxwell from the Scottish FA:

Jason, what inspired you to take up refereeing in the first place?

I started out back in 2005 but, before that, it originated from sitting watching a game with my father. We were watching and kept questioning the decisions that were being made. Not in a critical way. It was more a case of trying to explain it from a referee’s perspective. My father said that I obviously loved football and had a decent understanding of it, and that refereeing would be a good way for me to get involved in the game. Sometimes it’s hard to fit in but I thought I had nothing to lose and the rest is history. Before then I did enjoy playing – as a goalkeeper or a midfielder – but I’m a better referee.

Hugh Dallas actually played a big part as well, albeit indirectly. I remember watching an Old Firm game when he was struck by a coin from the crowd. When I saw he’d been hit I assumed he would go off and a replacement would take over. I really admired the way he got on with the game and saw his job through. He was brave and proved he had thick skin. It was amazing. That’s how we should all be as referees. We can’t be frightened to do the job. I know of people who have quit over the years after being on the receiving end of some abuse, but if Hugh could tough that out – under that pressure – so can we. Anyway, there’s no game without a referee.

What were the early challenges you faced?

I’ll be honest, at the start I thought my hearing would be more of a barrier than it’s proven to be. I had some bother with players in the beginning and some people would definitely try and take advantage but luckily I’m a great lip-reader! I use that to my advantage so I know when they’re swearing directly at me. They always seem surprised when I pick up on it but I like to think I’ve earned respect along the way.

Would you like to see others follow your lead?

I’ve never thought about being an inspiration to others but I like the idea. As far as I’m concerned I’m just a referee, like any other. When the game starts I’m the same as anyone else. But it’s nice to think that someone might read this and be encouraged to try refereeing themselves. My advice would be that you have to have thick skin and be impartial. And don’t take anything too personally. That’s the same for any referee. I’m human and I make mistakes. Sometimes we have bad days as referees but I think it’s always important to learn from the experiences – good and bad.

You were born and raised in London. What brought you to Scotland?
My partner lived in Scotland and was pregnant with our first child, but that was just the excuse I needed. I always wanted to live in Scotland. I have family history here. I may have been born in London but in my heart I’m Scottish.

You’ll be our first representative in the Deaf Champions League. How much does that mean to you?

I’m so proud to be representing Scotland and the Scottish FA. It’s a wonderful feeling. It’ll be my third appearance in the competition but my first on behalf of Scotland, so it feels extra special. It feels different this time. For starters, the organisation of it all has been superb but I also feel like I have renewed focus. I’ve worked really hard in the build-up to this. I’m very grateful to the Scottish FA for the support I’ve received and not just in terms of being flown to Milan. Having interpreters at the regional training sessions makes things so much easier and I want to use this weekend as a springboard to push on.

   
David McGeachie
David McGeachie


David has continued with even more success in 2018 with a prestigious appointment when he travelled to Lyon in France to officiate in the International Challenge Match between France and the USA.

David joined Willie Collum, Referee, Graeme Stewart, Assistant Referee and Don Robertson, Fourth Official..


David McGeachie
   

Lorraine Watson

Lorraine Clark

Lorraine managed a Runner Up place at the recent Sports Personality of the Year Awards being pipped at the post by Craig Easton, Raith Rovers U20 Team Manager by only 14 votes.

Our congratulations go to Craig in winning the award and of course to Lorraine who amassed such an amount of votes only to be narrowly knocked into second place.




  Lorraine Watson
Dougie PotterDougie Potter

Dougie Potter

Dougie will join David McGeachie as 4th Official in the 1st Leg Semi Final UEFA Europa League match between Marsielle and Salzburg.

Willie Collum will Referee the match with Frankie Connor, Bobby Madden and John Beaton as the Additional Assistant Referees on the match.




Jordan Stokoe

Jordan Stokoe

Jordan continues his European dream with a further appointment to a UEFA Europa League Qualification Match.
The game is the Match Day 4 tie between Hertha BSC Berlin v FC Zorya Luthansk.

Jordan was 4th Official on this match and joined Dougie Potter (above) who was Assistant Referee on the match.


  Jordan Stokoe
Garry Farmer
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Garry Farmer

Garry has joined the International scene as he will be officiating as Assistant Referee in the Vauxhall U19 International Challenge Match between Scotland and Sweden.

Andy Gamble is awarded the Archie Webster Shield

Andy Gamble-Archie Webster Shield



Andy Gamble is awarded the Archie Webster Shield for his commitment to and progression in the world of Refereeing.

The Archie Webster Trophy is awarded to a Referee who has shown potential in their early stages and who show a commitment to the Fife Referee Association.

Andy currently referees in the Youth League and often carries out Assistant Referee duties in the East Region Junior FA Super League Matches. Andy is a regular at the Referee Training Sessions.


Andy is shown pictured with Stuart Macaulay, Association Manager.

Referee Recruitment

Referees who have recently completed their Introductory Exam and who are now on their way to a Refereeing career, were presented with their Certificates by the Association President, David McGeachie and Association Manager, Ricky Smith.

Thomas Roberts
Liam Macaulay
Andrew Lafferty
Thomas Robert
Keir Macaulay
Andrew Lafferty
Sean McKinnon
John Donnelly
Liam Watt
Sean McKinnon
John Donnelly
Liam Watt

If you're interested in Becoming a Ref

The next course is now due to start in August/September 2018 and will take place at Fife College, St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy. The course runs for 8 - 10 weeks and starts at 6.15pm till 8.45pm.

The cost - remains at £20 (£12 if you are unemployed or in Full Time Education). Applicants are welcome from both males and females, the criteria being that you must be aged 16 by the end of the course.... Oh, and by the way, there is no upper age limit. Contact our Secretary or our Association Tutor to make your interest known. There is more information on our Recruitment Page.

SPECSAVERS OFFER TO REFEREES

Specsavers continue to offer Referees the chance to benefit from the group’s Premium Club, an eye care package that gives exclusive deals on eyewear. Through the club, and being a Referee, you are entitled to a discount voucher, which can be redeemed on certain ranges of specs at your local store. The savings can be combined with many of the in-store offers, including two-for-one. In addition, if you are willing to support the store with future publicity or events, you could be offered the chance to benefit from free specs or lenses. Remember also that any Referee's family can benefit from the voucher scheme. For more details of how the scheme works, got to the Members Page.

Association Training

Training continues at the Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre in Glenrothes each Tuesday night. We have the facility of the athletics track from 7.15 till 8.45 Come along and get yourself fit and keep up the level. If you are unsure as to whether training will take place, IE due to bad weather etc., please contact one of the Secretarial Team who will let you know.

Association Meeting

The next Association Meeting will take place on Thursday 12 April 2018 at 7pm. The venue will be Fife House, Glenrothes. There will be coaching on any changes to the Laws of the Game. A meeting well worth attending. Look forward to seeing you there and if you foresee difficulty in travelling to the meeting, please get in touch with the Association Secretary.

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MATCH RECORD PADS

New Match Record pads are available in the Members Area. Just click on the link to the one you require and print the document out. A pair of scissors will be required to cut to required size.

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