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Gareth Elliot; Steve Williams; Chris Stapleton; Phil Gale; Dai Badger; Steve Evans; Howard Webb; Jonathan Twigg; Helmut Reinhardt; Charles Davies; Tom Bevan; Sean O’Connor; Mark Hicks; Gareth Elliot; Steve Williams; Chris Stapleton; Phil Gale; Dai Badger; Steve Evans; Howard Webb; Jonathan Twigg; Helmut Reinhardt; Charles Davies; Tom Bevan; Sean O’Connor; Mark Hicks; The Chevron and Eddies Snooker Bar sponsored Pembrokeshire Referees’ Society have began 2011 in a fruitful way, welcoming guest speakers to the Society evening whilst also travelling over two  hundred miles to be part of an evening with World Cup referee Howard Webb.

The audience with Webb, held at the Michael Sobell Sports Centre, Aberdare was attended by over two hundred and fifty like minded sporting enthusiasts, including twelve members of the Society.  Webb gave a resume of his life in relation to being appointed to the World Cup Final last year between Spain and Holland.  He recalled key times in the build up, including appointments in lesser known FIFA tournaments and the expectations set down by FIFA to determine the referee’s team for the South Africa World Cup 2010.
Prior to officiating the final, Webb also held the whistle in the Champions League Final when Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich at the home of Real Madrid, thus becoming the first man appointed to both fixtures in the same season.  Webb’s interesting presentation also brought out the meticulous schedule set down for his role as a referee, not only by FIFA, but also the Premier League Match Officials guru Mike Riley and himself.

Welcomed to the meeting in March was Bob Waygood, his last visit as an Official for the West Wales FA, where he stands down as Secretary after thirty three years in the role.  Bob spoke about his experiences as Secretary, the highs and lows of the position, whilst also discussing the changes in football since his appointment in 1978.  Also attending the evening were RA of Wales Secretary Gareth Keenor (Cardiff) and West Wales RA representatives from Swansea, Roger Upward (Chairman) and John Davies (Secretary).

President Danny Thomas made a presentation to Bob from the Society which acknowledged the appreciation of his services to football in the West Wales area.

Former Malta FA development officer Mark Falzon from Haverfordwest spoke at the January meeting bringing a view from the dugout as at the time he was the Manger for Haverfordwest County Youth team.  He regaled members and visitors with a view point of key incidents from matches involving the Youth team, where through innovative technology he commentated on his reaction as a Manager to key decisions which evoked some fruitful debate! 

The evening was most definitely a learning experience for all concerned and Mark received hearty applause following a small presentation from Society Chairman Chris Stapleton.

February saw a Centenary fund raising quiz replacing the formal training night, with several teams entered from around the County.  In a close finish a team from Fishguard including Phil Gale and Sean O’Connor finished third behind Neyland AFC who lost in a tie break to Vice Chairman Jonathan Twigg’s team, which was built around the experienced Alan Sexton and Shay Buckley coupled with the youth of Camrose twins Rhys and Rob Howells, two of the newest recruits to the Society.

Members were wished a healthy run in during the end of season, which looks like being extended until the end of May, with the highlight being the Senior Cup Final between Hakin and Haverfordwest County on April 16th.  The Society will be hosting the traditional Cup Final breakfast at the Friar Vaults, Havefordwest commencing at 1130am, where further details can be obtained from Jonathan Twigg via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Society are currently preparing for their Centenary Year and would like to hear from any former official from Pembrokeshire.  Contact can be made with Jonathan Twigg via email.

The next meeting is to be held on Friday 8th April kicking off at 7pm, where any Officer nominations and rule amendments will need to be in the hands of the Secretary by the close of play.  The training aspect of the evening will be linked around controlling foul, abusive and offensive language within the remit of the FAW’s respect and responsibility for the game.