Popular whistleman Jack Lumb was crowned The Referee Of The Year at the prestigious Landlords Trophy Final. Traditionally, the top referee takes charge of the showpiece final and Jack capped his achievement with a top performance.
Mr Lumb signalled his intention to retire at the top and spend more time with his family next season. The League wishes him well and thanks him for his commitment to Wakefield football whilst secretly hoping that he changes his mind!
PICTURE: Referees' Appointments Secretary Mr. Brian Fox presents Jack Lumb with his award.
Wakefield & District Sunday League Referee Mark Campbell was honoured at the Landlord's Trophy Final as he scooped the prestigious Referee Of The Year award. The accolade caps a meteoric rise for the Horbury whistler having qualified as a referee just two seasons ago.
Despite this rapid rise to the top, Mark remains modest and humble as he makes it clear that he is in it for the football and not for the recognition;
"I don't worry about awards but prefer to concentrate on putting in a good performance on the pitch for the lads."
This may be the key to his success, and perhaps if the England team had adopted his philosophy at the World Cup, they may have progressed further.
The Referee of the Year is chosen using a marking system over the entire season. Each week, the teams that Mark referees give him a rating out of 100, relating to fitness, control and decision making to name but a few. These marks are then averaged out to a 'per game' score and the highest placed referee at the end of the season scoops the award and is chosen to referee the League's showpiece final, The Landlord's Trophy.
Mark is pleased to have performed to a high enough standard to gain the support of the clubs,
"..it's really nice to be appreciated by the lads..",
and as an ex-player, Mark knows only too well how hard it can be for a referee - particularly a new one - to gain the respect of the players.
The League would like to congratulate Mr. Campbell on his achievement and hope that he remains with us for what promises to be a long and successful career.
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