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Mildenhall’s George Byrne joins National List of Assistant Referees

Suffolk official George Byrne, second left, will be an assistant referee on the Football League next season Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Suffolk official George Byrne, second left, will be an assistant referee on the Football League next season Photo: CONTRIBUTED

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Suffolk official George Byrne has been promoted to the National List of Assistant Referees, writes Nick Garnham.

The 26-year-old, who will be acting as an assistant referee on the Football League, heads up the list of promotions among Suffolk officials for next season.

George, who lives in Mildenhall, said: “I became a referee 12 years ago as a 14 year old. My Dad used to act as club linesman for my Youth team and encouraged me to become a referee. I qualified through the Bury St Edmunds Referees’ Association during the summer holidays.

“After originally becoming a referee to earn pocket money, so I didn’t have to take on a paper round, it quickly became my dream to officiate in professional football – something I could never achieve as a player.

“This promotion is the result of 10 years’ hard work and commitment and makes me immensely proud.”

As well as being an assistant referee on the Football League, George will also combine this with refereeing matches in the Contributory League system, which covers leagues within Step 3 to Step 5 of the non-league pyramid.

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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