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Celebration Evening honours officials

SUFFOLK County Cup Final Match Officials were honoured at a Celebration Evening.

SUFFOLK County Cup Final Match Officials were honoured at a Celebration Evening.

The event was held at Henley Community Centre, just outside Ipswich, for officials to mark their appointments to this season’s 11 adult competitions.

More than 50 guests attended Friday’s Celebration Evening at which officials were presented with a Suffolk FA tie to recognise their appointment.

Suffolk FA Workforce Development Manager Alan Dale, who organised the evening, said: “Congratulations to you all.

“Firstly, you have been selected for you consistent performances throughout this season and, secondly for your commitment across the season.”

Daniel Meeson, The FA Head of Refereeing – Technical & Development, spoke about managing ‘The Big Occasion’ ahead of the officials’ participation in the finals.

Chay Hathway, Suffolk FA Level 3 Match Official & The FA Technical & Development Support Officer, delivered a session on ‘Getting to Know Your Team’ in preparation for the finals.

The evening marked Alan Dale’s last event after six years working for Suffolk FA, initially as Referee Development Officer.

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Alan Dale (left) is presented with a frame referees' shirt by Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal (right) to mark his service to Suffolk FA. Main photograph: The officials for this season's Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Final (left to right) assistant referee Louis Dawson, fourth official Callum Walchester, referee Brad Mingay, assistant referee Andy Gray and referee support officer Mick Thorpe.

He was presented with a framed referees’ shirt by Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal and Daniel Meeson presented him with  a glass memento on behalf of The FA.

Appointments for this season’s adult county cup competition finals are as follows:


Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Final

Referee: Bradley Mingay

Assistant Referees: Louis Dawson & Andy Gray

Fourth Official: Callum Walchester

Referee Support Officer: Mick Thorpe


CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Final

Referee: Jak Clark

Assistant Referees: Daniel Keeble & Isabel Chaplin

Fourth Official: Adrian Copsey

Referee Support Officer: John Tythcott


Parkers Pitches Suffolk Junior Cup Final

Referee: Paul Staddon

Assistant Referees: Calin Rogojan & Ian Hardy

Fourth Official: Darren Stobbart

Referee Support Officer: Mark Potkins


McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Final

Referee: Andy Murphy

Assistant Referees: Dan Barrack & Sam Holman

Fourth Official: Graham Mackay

Referee Support Officer: Kevin Grimwood


Portable Space Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Final

Referee: Carl Evans

Assistant Referees: Gary Roberts & Alistar Lloyd

Fourth Official: Jason Smith


Veo Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Final

Referee: Adrian Sannnerude

Assistant Referees: Aaron Etti & Ella Karkoska

Fourth Official: Gareth Moir

Referee Support Officer: Richard May


Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Cup Final

Referee: Henry Harvey

Assistant Referees: Anthony Reeve & Zac Trundell

Fourth Official: Oliver Morris-Sanders


Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Shield Final

Referee: Gareth Hayler

Assistant Referees: Mark Wright & Daniel McKenzie

Fourth Official: Darrel Goddard


Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final

Referee: Marcus Sanders

Assistant Referees: Stephen Gray & Robert Wakeling

Fourth Official: Peter Owen


Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Final

Referee: Chris Perkins

Assistant Referees: Mark Dyer & Julian Gibbons

Fourth Official: Carl Page


MH Goals Suffolk Women’s Cup Final

Referee: Tom Ling

Assistant Referees: Niamh Bailey & Amy Stockley

Fourth Official: Stephen Baldock

Referee Support Officer: Chris Dale


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