Memory Lane

Tales From The Middle

A Referee Remembers...


In the early days of the League some referees had to be given games in Thornes Park by the Secretary Bill Rollinson because they did not have a watch to keep time! In the game the Referee used the Town Hall clock which is visible from the Park. If it was foggy, they had to rely on the quarterly chimes for timekeeping.


Legendary referee Tommy Clapperton delivered sacks of coal from Agbrigg during the week and still officiated on a Sunday morning in his local League. No wonder he administered most of the game from the centre circle!

He always stopped his game at 11.00 am for one minutes' silence to fondly remember his mates he lost in the war. Quite often in a game he would pull you over to give you what appeared to be a ‘Telling Off’ to the other players. Then he would say to you – ‘Mines a pint of Tetley’s after the game’ or ‘Come to our house for tea’. The offending player then calmed down and couldn’t offend again for being in stitches laughing.


Dear old Alan Forkes had a real problem during one cup match at Outwood featuring a local team further down the road in Stanley .

One spectator was so upset with his decisions that he removed the seat from his moped! Needless to say poor old Alan had a painful ride home back to Normanton.

Submitted by Mr. B. Fox

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