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Halifax R.A. tell us their secrets!

Following on from the success of our last episode which you can listen to again by clicking HERE, we were contacted by Halifax R.A. who wanted to tell us what they were doing!

halifax ra

We had a great chat with their secretary, Arran Williams and couldn’t believe how young the team were who hold it together! It was really refreshing to hear and is definitely worth a listen because one the ‘uphill battles’ that local R.A. is up against is the perception by many that it is a bit stuffy. You can listen to the most recent episode by clicking HERE.

You can find out what they are up to by visiting the Facebook page HERE


Referees World – new episode online now!

Since our ‘mini relaunch’ we are making a conscious effort (time permitting of course!) to make sure we have more than 1 episode of the Referees World Podcast each month!

ref poll results

So far so good . . . it’s nearly the end of November and here comes the 4th one! Click HERE.

In this episode: Darren and Rich have the results to our recent website survey about who is having the best season so far, Rich discusses a game he assessed recently with a minimal amount of free kicks and what do you do if a layer pulls down your shorts?!

Colour clash – should this happen at Select Group Level?

I couldn’t help noticing on a recent game between Aston Villa & Southampton in the Barclays Premier League that the referee, Phil Dowd on this occasion, was wearing a kit that, from a distance, made him look distinctively like a Southampton player!


How could something like this happen on a game at this level? I raised the point on Twitter as soon as I saw it and here are some of the responses:


Anyway, I decided to dig out the old L.O.T.G. just to clarify:


You can see the full list of equipment regulations by clicking HERE but I would love to hear thoughts on this one?

New episode is out now!

We recorded 3 episodes of the Referees World Podcast yesterday and the first of which is an in depth interview with the Chair of Stockport R.A. Barry Rowson. You can listen to what Barry had to tell us by clicking HERE.


This was a great insight to how our colleagues in that part of the world are making a real impact with new referees and the secrets to there very successful attendance of monthly meetings.

If you would like to be featured in a future episode or tell us about what is happening at your local R.A. contact us now by clicking HERE.



How well attended is your local RA?

Rich Melinn spoke to Barry Rowson this week, the Chair at Stockport Referee Society who has agreed to be a guest on one of our next episodes of the Referees World Podcast.


Based on the conversation they had, it would appear that this is a local RA which is ‘buzzing’ at the moment with an average attendance of between 70 and 80! Clearly, they have an incredibly successful formula in Stockport but how well are YOUR meetings attended?

So much can be learned and shared at these meetings, as we have discussed on previous episodes, so I am particularly keen to find out what their secret is because let’s be honest, not everyone has an attendance this healthy.

F.Y.I. we are recording again THIS COMING Tuesday, 18th November so if you have an exciting local RA, why don’t you let us know about it? You can contact us by clicking HERE.

Referees World – New Beginnings!

First of all, can we just say a HUGE thank to those of you who have listened to the podcast from day 1 and bearing with us through the lack of episodes this year. So, what are the reasons for this?

1) Both of us (Darren & Rich who present the podcast!) have had considerable changes in both our professional and personal circumstances over the last 10-12 months which has meant that recording and production time has been limited. Let’s not forget, we do this because we love refereeing!

2) Technical issues have taken its toll along the way as well and to be honest, we are not entirely sure where it all went wrong but somehow, we lost our feed to iTunes, ALL of our listening statistics and have had to learn the art of WORD PRESS (the website platform we now use)!


Anyway, things are now back on track (we hope!) and we have to say a big thanks to Ross at RefChat for helping us along the way – he is a bit more ‘techy’ than we are!


Official banned for being sexist

You would have thought that following the Richard Keys and Andy Gray V Sian Massey incident on Sky TV that sexism towards our female colleagues would have been a thing of the past BUT you certainly wouldn’t expect that kind of thing from a refereeing colleague. If you haven’t read about this, it’s definitely worth having a read by clicking HERE.