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The Pembrokeshire Referees Society has had a busy start to 2012 alongside their normal officiating duties.  The January meeting saw a number of guests welcomed to the monthly meeting, when former RAW Chairman Pedr McMullen was presented with a special award for his work for the RAW and previously RAUK.  Making the presentation on behalf of the Society was President and life long friend Danny Thomas, alongside current RAW Treasurer and WWRA representative John Davies of Swansea,  Danny gave suitable eulogy of Pedrs involvement in the world of referring, regaling a number of stories associated to their time officiating together across Wales.

Also present was FAW Councillor and WWFA Secretary Gareth Williams, alongside WWFA Hon Referees Officer John Gow and PAFL Secretary Brian Hawkins, who made certificate presentations to newly qualified referees, after they had completed a recent course, from which four were now to be seen on the pitches of Pembrokeshire every Saturday. The Society encourages anyone interested in becoming a referee to contact PAFL Secretary Brian Hawkins who is in the process of co-ordinating a new referees course.

Following the meeting a seminar took place with representatives from local Clubs on ‘how to make the best use of your Club assistant referee.’  A lively debate took place chaired by Jonathan Twigg, with John Gow reinforcing  the message that a club assistant referee should assist by indicating when the ball is in and out of play only.  All present felt the seminar had been successful and worthwhile, with the concluding comments that the Society Officers would welcome further seminars with club representatives.

February saw the Society finalising the details of their Centenary Year and launching a Centenary 50/50 Club. 


Friday 14th March                 Centenary Book launch / past referees evening

Saturday  12th April              Church Service followed by evening meal (bar snack)

Friday 9th May                       AGM

Saturday 2nd August            Centenary Dinner


Friday 10th April                    Centenary Year review

The Society is actively seeking any former referee to contact them, with a view to incorporating their biography in the Centenary Book, whilst also welcoming them back into the referring fold.  Likewise any Club, Club representative or player, and referee who wishes to join the Centenary 50/50 Club should contact Jonathan Twigg.  For £10 a year over the next three years the Society are using this as their main fundraising initiative to ensure the 2014 Centenary Year is a success, with the aim of welcoming a top named guest speaker and entertainment to the Centenary Dinner

The Societies next meeting in March will be incorporated with the WWRA social evening being held at Carmarthen Town AFC.  The evening, on Friday 9th March will kick off at 6pm with a buffet for members present, before being able to watch  the Welsh Premier league fixture between Carmarthen and Port Talbot.

There is a limited number of tickets available for this evening, which can be reserved through Jonathan Twigg.  For further information on any matter relating to the Pembrokeshire Referees’ Society please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Martin New & Terry Allday Are The Instructors Based At The Society Martin New & Terry Allday Are The Instructors Based At The Society This past season has been one of the best for the Vale of Glamorgan Referees Society with membership at an all time high and 28 members and it has been the members that have made the Society one of the best attended in South Wales. A long way from its 6 members in 2002!

By attending and participating in meetings it provides the opportunity for understanding and improving as a referee as it’s never too late to learn something albeit many of the more experienced guys have just about seen and heard it all!

This participation means a greater consistency in decision making which I am sure that players will appreciate.

 But that’s not all being a member of Society is – it’s not just about refereeing it’s also about “spreading the word” including educating and assisting others about the world’s – and the Vales’ - biggest game!

Earlier this year the VoGRS was asked for their support from the Welsh Football Trust who was undertaking a project in Somalia by encouraging sustainable development through Sports. The programme, and was about delivering a range of activities using football as a vehicle for promoting the Millennium Development Goals in particular MDG6 which is to combat HIV /AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.

The VoGRS assisted the project by providing referee shirts, kit and accessories, the Laws of Association Football, FIFA Referee Training DVDs and including VoGRS pin badges.

There is a new Referees Course due to start shortly if anyone is interested then please go to the SWFA Referees Training website or alternatively contact us through our website
or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alternatively if any club or team would like a “Laws Session” – we have 2 Licensed FAW Referee Instructors - then contact the VoGRS.



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The New Badge The New Badge Aberdare Referee’s Society have recently unveiled their new badge. The new, more modern badge was designed by local graphic design company White Dot Media.

Richard Harrington, Chairman of the society said ‘many of our society members felt that the time was right to make the change from the old traditional badge to a more modernised version. Our old badge served its purpose well but as a society we felt that we had to move with the times, and the result is a very modern design’.

The badge was redesigned by Aberdare graphic design maestro Craig Harris of White Dot Media. ‘The main challenges were trying to modernise the logo, incorporating the whistle, flag and ball into a small area without it becoming over crowded whilst keeping a sophisticated look as it is representing the referee’s society’ said the creative designer.

‘The shape of the badge seems to be a common one within football and I felt the font made the logo look sharp and really made the words stand out’.

Richard Harrington added that ‘the process of designing the badge went on for a few weeks with e mails being sent back and fore on a daily basis, with both parties keen to get the design just right. I think in the end White Dot Media has done the society proud. We’ve already had many compliments about the badge and we would like to place on record our thanks to Craig and all at White Dot Media.’

White Dot Media has only been in existence for the past 4 weeks but with a growing reputation for their hugely professional work and attention to detail there can only be good things in the pipeline for this small but able company.

Harrington added ‘if there were any other football clubs or referee societies who were thinking of changing or modernising their badge then White Dot Media would be the company we would highly recommend’.

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WWFA Hon. Referees’ Officer John Gow (front eft) presents Phil Gale with his long service achievement award, in the company of WWFA instructor Phil Davies (far right) and Pembrokeshire Referee’s Society Officers, Danny Thomas (President) front right, Chris Stapleton (Chairman), back left, Jonathan Twigg (Vice Chairman) back 2nd left, and  David Badger (Secretary) back 2nd right. WWFA Hon. Referees’ Officer John Gow (front eft) presents Phil Gale with his long service achievement award, in the company of WWFA instructor Phil Davies (far right) and Pembrokeshire Referee’s Society Officers, Danny Thomas (President) front right, Chris Stapleton (Chairman), back left, Jonathan Twigg (Vice Chairman) back 2nd left, and David Badger (Secretary) back 2nd right. The Chevron and Eddies Snooker Bar sponsored Pembrokeshire Referees’ Society hosted the WWFA annual seminar after their last monthly meeting, when thirty seven officials from the County welcomed Hon. Referees Officer John Gow and guest instructor Phil Davies of Carmarthenshire, a former Hakin United goalkeeper.

Prior to the seminar starting Gow was able to present an award to local whistler Phil Gale of Letterson, who has completed twenty-one years service as a referee.  A man who has carved himself a niche within sporting circles not only in Pembrokeshire but also across the Welsh League, Gale has a calm, measured and respectful approach to officiating.  This has allowed him to referee 560 games in a career which started with his first fixture Feb 1990 between Haverfordwest and Letterston seconds.

He  started playing football in 1965 for Hakin Juniors, Milford Sea Cadets and Letterston before joining the Police Force and being posted to Llanelli in 1969. There he signed on for Garden Suburbs, Burry Port, for three years before playing for Kilgetty as he was posted to Tenby.

In 1976, he signed on for Solva for one season following a positing to St. David’s before being promoted to the Police Training Centre in Cwmbran, playing  for GWR Griffithstown in Pontypool.  On returning to Haverfordwest in 1979he returned to  Solva and stayed with them for four seasons. Work took him to Milford, where he donned the colours of Milford Athletic until he hung up his playing boots in 1987.

Gale commented that

“the highlight of my career as a referee was the Senior Cup Final in 1996 when Merlins Bridge beat Goodwick 3-0 on the Bridge Meadow.  Another highlight was the deciding match between Hakin and Pennar Robins at the “Obs” in 1997, when Hakin were crowned 1st Division champions, for a record seven consecutive seasons.” 

Gale further explained that as

“he passed his 60th birthday this year, he continues to enjoy refereeing and  intends to keep whistling until the enjoyment disappears.   The only unfortunate part is that a lot of the players today are the sons of players I played either with or against which shows my age!”

Society Vice Chairman Jonathan Twigg

“congratulated Phil on his achievement, pointing out he had always been a staunch member of the Society since he took up the whistle.  A man who has the battle scars from playing he brought many assets to the Society including now experience, which  has helped ensure he is one of our most appreciated and courteous  members,  a man who can guide others but is also able and willing to learn from his colleagues.”

President Danny Thomas concluded

“that any up and coming referee in Wales could learn from being in the presence of Phil Gale, not just from the upstanding demeanour of him off the pitch, but also from his style and commitment on the field.”

The Society’s December meeting will host the 2010 Christmas draw, which kicks off at 7pm on Friday 10th December at Neyland Athletic Club.  PAFL Secretary Brian Hawkins is also endeavouring to organise the next referee’s course early in the New Year, where spaces remain available.  Brian can be contacted for further information on 01646 698075.


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