Referees in the spotight
25/05/16 - Two Royal Navy Referees gain Promotion
Congratulations to CPO David 'Jacky' McNamara who has been promoted to a level 2B Panel List Referee which means he will be refereeing on the Vanarama National League North and acting as 4th Official on the SkyBet Football League next season. A submariner based in Faslane, Jackie started refereeing in 2006 after deciding to follow in his dads footsteps who was a Football League Assistant. Jackie is now the Royal Navy FA Referees Vice Chairman and this promotion caps an excellent season which has seen him referee the Lancashire FA challenge Cup Final between Chorley v Lancaster City at the Macron Stadium, Bolton and the Evo-stik Northern Premier League Playoff Final between Spennymoor Town v Northwich Victoria.
Congratulations also goes to PO Scott Jackson who has also got reason to celebrate as he received news that he had been promoted to a level 3E Panel Select List of Assistant Referees, that means he will be acting as an Assistant Referee on the Vanarama National League Premier and continue to referee on the Contributory League (Southern Premier). Scott started refereeing in 2011 and has had a rapid rise through the levels, this can be attributed to his desire and ability within refereeing. After having a successful season Scott was rewarded with an Assistant Referee appointment for the Vanarama National League South Playoff Semi-Final between Truro City v Maidstone United
To see all of the RNFA Referee Promotions for 2015/2016 Click here.
22/05/16 - Referee Represents Royal Navy at FA Cup Final
PO Phil Eddie was given the opportunity to represent the Royal Navy and Armed Forces in a ceremonial role at the end of the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Phil was assigned the role of taking the Match Officials and Runners Up medals up the Wembley steps and placing them in the Royal box, the member of the Royal Family in attendance was His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. Phil also took the base of the FA Cup prior to the Manchester United team going up to receive their medals and the FA Cup. 'It was a great experience to be part of and I feel very privileged and honoured to have been given this opportunity. It will undoubtedly stay with me for a very long time and I can look back with great pride.' Phil was able to take his father and brother to be part of this special occasion.
An article also featured on the Armed Forces day Website, to view click here.