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Allsopp gets award
5:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Local
A DEDICATED referee from Stourport saw his years of dedication recognised as he scooped a national award.
Bill Allsopp, 71, was presented with the outstanding contribution to refereeing accolade at the inaugural FA Carlsberg Referee Awards, a new scheme set up to highlight the work being done by referees at grassroot level across the country.
Allsopp was shortlisted by Worcestershire FA panel in March and was put forward to The FA judging panel chaired by former Premiership referee and current chairman of The FA referees’ committee David Elleray.
Allsopp was made aware of his prize last month and was invited to attend an awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium ahead of the England versus Scotland friendly last week to pick up his award from Premiership referee Andre Marriner.
“I thought somebody was winding me up when I was told that I won this award and was invite to Wembley to receive it,” Allsopp said.
“I started refereeing back in 1967, so it’s all been worthwhile to experience today and to step onto the Wembley pitch ahead of England Scotland to collect my award.”
Elleray added: “Bill Allsopp thoroughly deserved this award, his nomination stood out amongst the others shortlisted from Worcestershire.
“This is the first year of The FA Carlsberg Referee Awards and I am delighted that Bill was able to receive his award at Wembley Stadium.”
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