George Byrne Wembley appointmment April 2021

George handed third Wembley outing

SUFFOLK official George Byrne has received another prestigious appointment.

SUFFOLK official George Byrne is in line for his third appearance at Wembley Stadium inside a year.

The 29-year-old has been appointed as an assistant referee for the delayed 2019-20 Buildbase FA Vase Final.

The final, between Consett and Hebburn Town, is taking place at Wembley on Monday, May 3rd, kick-off 1pm.

Michael Salisbury of Lancashire FA will be the referee and George, who lives near Mildenhall, will be an assistant along with Joe Clark of Staffordshire FA. Leigh Doughty of Lancashire FA will be the fourth official.

His only other appointment in the 2019-20 Buildbase FA Vase was in the first qualifying round when he refereed Wivenhoe Town versus Clapton Community on August 31st 2019, meaning he will have been involved in the first game and the last game of the competition.

George was also an assistant referee at Wembley for the League Two Play-Off Final between Exeter City and Northampton last June.

He was then reserve assistant referee for the Papa John’s Trophy Final between Salford City and Portsmouth, which was scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium last April but was postponed until March of this year.

Suffolk FA Senior Referee Development Officer Alan Dale said: “On behalf of Suffolk FA, I would like to congratulate George on this prestigious appointment to The FA Vase Final.

“We wish George, and the team of match officials all the very best for the occasion.”

If George’s appointment has inspired you to consider becoming a referee, you can register your interest in attending The FA Referee Course by clicking here




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