RA Meeting: January 9, 2020

Minutes from the RA’s March meeting, held at Heslam Park on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

PRESENT: Rob Atkin, John Borrill, Andy Farr, Pete Drayton, James Needham, Otis Arya, Ethan Andrew-Freeston, Ryan Boult, Ryan Coulson, Wayne Mason, Ethan Nundy, Harry Atkin, Jack Snowden, Oscar Slater, John Buss, Mark Wordsworth, Lucas Hunsley, Luke Senescall, Ashley Betts.

APOLOGIES: Dave Babski, Andy Pontin, Kev Allen, Neil Birkitt, Kev Booth, Lee Cox, John McPolland, Shemakay Own, Robbie Hall, James Moody, Paul Toplass, Nev Watson, Jez Hyke, Darrell Bright.

GUEST: EFL Referee Neil Hair.


Email sent by Ceri Travers regarding abuse towards a junior referee. This was summarised on the night.


  • Jack Kalson League
    • Young referees are getting plenty of games. Please continue to contact Dave Raines and Chris Burnham if you are free.
  • Saturday League
    • Nothing to report
  • Sunday League
    • Lost one more team – Lord Roberts have folded
    • If you are having any problems on games, please report this to the league
    • Reminder to get sportsmanship marks to Andy Pontin
    • Praise to Danny Ricketts! Good honesty as a club AR in recent weeks!
  • Lincolnshire League
    • Young refs who are 16+ can run the line. If you are interested, please contact Terry Knott.
    • This is a good opportunity to develop and to take a first step towards men’s football.
  • County FA
    • RAFA night is on Thursday 5th March 2020 at BGU. Free to attend, you just need to book your place online on the Lincolnshire FA website. It would be good to take a good following from Scunthorpe.
    • Anthony Taylor and Gary Beswick will be there as guest speakers.
  • Other
    • No matters reported


  • Very informative presentation from EFL Referee Neil Hair. A very good presentation on his experiences and his route to the EFL.


  • Non-league Finals Day at Wembley – looking to go again in May – date confirmed as Sunday 17th May 2020. Planning around this will be discussed closer to the time.
  • Refs footy match – U25’s v O25’s at the end of the season. Proposed date: Friday 15th May 2020.
  • RA dinner – Friday 29th May 2020. Looking to save money by not printing paper tickets. It is worth looking into using “Eventbrite” for e-tickets or just having a guest list instead.


  • Please support Andy Pontin who is performing in “Heatstroke” at the Plowright Theatre from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th of January 2020. BOGOF, 2 tickets for £12 until early January. Tickets normally £12 each.


  • Weather at Teversal was challenging for the match referee. There is likely to be a lot of this in the coming weeks.
  • Well done so far on the work done to get to grounds early when the weather is bad. Keep up the good work with the early pitch inspections.


  • Robbie Hall – Congratulations on his appointment to England U15 vs Turkey U15, coached by Rob Shoebridge.
  • Well done to all referees with recent County Cup appointments.
  • Kalson finals coming up soon. Good luck to all officials who get appointed.

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