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Jersey FA Launch #RespectLocalRefs Campaign

Jersey FA with the support of the JEP Launch #RespectLocalRefs campaign

Jersey FA Respect Local Refs Campaign #RespectLocalRefs

Jersey FA is delighted to announce the Respect Local Refs Campaign #RespectLocalRefs as part of the FA Respect campaign. The Aim of the campaign is to make people aware that when people abuse referees they are abusing local people in the community, who give up their free time for the love of local football. In Jersey we have a well-documented problem with the recruitment and retention of referees; we have now reached a critical point where we only have 20 registered active referees with a further 6 youth referees for more than 1,000 games that provides football for 2,000 players.


As part of our Respect Local Refs campaign we have interviewed the referees who volunteer  their time for the love the game. In our first interview we met with meteorologist, Mark Le Cornu.

Mark Le Cornu / Meteorologist / Barnsley

What are your earliest experiences of football?   

Watching the results on Grandstand and seeing Barnsley lose 7-4 at home to Bristol City (Sept 1958).  Playing for St Saviour's school.

Why did you choose to referee?

Working shifts I knew I wouldn't be able devote to the regular Tuesday evening / Thursday evening / Saturday afternoon required to be involved with coaching a team.  Mick Blampied worked with me at the airport and asked me to consider taking up the whistle and I never regretted it

What has been your best moment as a referee?

Too many, all the big games, e.g. the Muratti etc, obviously.  One incident, I refereed an FA Vase game in Southampton.  Eastleigh were defending, about 5 minutes into the 2nd half, leading 1-0.  The ball went over their defence but the opposition forward was offside.  The Assistant Referee flagged but the ball was going through to the goalkeeper, so I held off blowing the whistle to allow the 'keeper to pick it up rather than stop play.  However the blustery wind suddenly held the ball up so he stepped a yard outside the penalty area and put his foot through the ball, which sailed down the field and over the head of the other team's center half.  The Eastleigh forward latched on to it, ran on and slotted it in for 2-0.  What an advantage.    

What advice would you give to people thinking about becoming a referee?

Do it.  Having finished playing 25 years ago as a very middle-of-the-road footballer, I would never have imagined then all that has come my way in football because of refereeing.  For example, officiating in the Muratti might not be quite as good as playing in it, but as a footballer it's something I would never have achieved.   

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Written by Joe Smith at 00:00
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