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Ray doesn’t need much of an introduction as he’s still an active member but did you know his football career was cut short at an early age? They’re still trying to get over it at Ebbsfleet FC….however their loss was the refereeing world’s gain!

Why did you pick up the whistle to referee?

Two broken legs in a season!

What year did you qualify as a referee?


What was your first game -teams/score?

Istead Rise A v  Blue Circle Res 8-2

What leagues did you referee in?

Gravesend League, North Kent Sunday League, Kent League, Southern League, Vauxhall Conference

How many years did you referee before hanging uptake whistle?

I’m still active in the BUCS League

How many years were you involved with the Society as a member?

Still involved as the Society President

What role(s) did you have on Committee?

Chairman, President

What was your most memorable time as a referee?

Welsh Cup Final Referee 2001 & 1st game as FIFA Referee

Any last comment or advice to younger referees?

Stay fit, know the LOTG and be firm but fair

Roger Harpole

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Roger is certainly an unsung hero of society as he's out most weekends assessing/coaching new referees. Roger has helped a number of senior referees in their early days with astute observations and insight.  Roger is also the BV Hinton Co-ordinator  on committee.

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Arnie Gibson

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Arnie was an ever present member of society during the 1980's, 90's and early 2000. During his time he helped raise the profile of the society with his sharp business acumen and links with numerous sponsors. His efforts certainly help to establish the society as the best and in Wales!

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Steve Crossman

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Steve also known as Mr Penarth Gas Services - is a regular at meetings and always happy to pass on his pearls of wisdom to the younger members. Steve has made a significant contribution to refereeing in Wales and in 2018 was awarded the Referees' Association Lifetime Service Award.

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