Mildenhall’s George Byrne joins National List of Assistant Referees
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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.”
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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.
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