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Referee Profiles

Here you will be able to find out more on the current referees operating within the Northern Ireland Football League Premier League. 

Keith Kennedy

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How many years refereeing:

Refereeing since 2007 – in the irish league since 21 and starting my second year as FIFA.

First football memory:

First memory is probably France 98 opening match Brazil v Scotland – first NI Match against Hungary in 2000

What has been your most important game and why:

Irish Cup Final 2017 – as it’s the biggest fixture for any official in Northern Ireland.

What is your refereeing ambition:

To continue to develop , have fun and reach my own personal target.

 

Ian McNabb

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How many years refereeing:

I have been refereeing for 12 years. 

First football memory:

My first footballing memory is attending matches with my father and grandfather and also playing in the primary school playground and for local teams.

What has been your most important game and why: 

I have been fortunate to referee the Co. Antrim Shield and the League Cup final. Any derby fixture, especially on Boxing Day, are always important matches. Every time you are trusted by UEFA to referee a match is equally important in terms of your own development as a referee.

What is your refereeing ambition:

To continue to referee on a regular basis in the Irish Premier League and enjoy being an international referee.

Tim Marshall

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How many years refereeing:
From 2001, I completed my beginners course in September of that year at the Bawnace Centre, Irvinestown, I have been refereeing at Senior level from 2011.

First football memory:
FA Cup Final in 1996 when Eric Cantona scored the late winner against Liverpool for Manchester United.

What has been your most important game and why:
My biggest games to date have been the League Cup Final 2017 between Dungannon Swifts and Ballymena United, also refereeing the fixture between Ballymena United v Crusaders on the last game of the season, it felt like a Cup Final the fact Crusaders had to win to lift the Gibson Cup. 

What is your refereeing ambition:
Internationally, to referee in as many countries as possible and nationally to referee the Irish Cup Final someday.

Arnold Hunter

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How many years refereeing:

First game to referee was a men's reserve league match in December 2001.

First football memory:

My first football memory was the opening match to Italia 90 between Argentina and Cameroon…what a match! A game that had everything and my football bug was born.

What has been your most important game and why: 

From when I first started off refereeing I have always considered every match to be important from my first match in the local park as a Junior level referee up to present day as a senior and FIFA level referee.  I have always considerd and treated every match accordingly to be as important as getting your next appointment.

So regardless if it was a kick around in the local park to either a major final or a European match every match to date for me has been an important part of development and education.

What is your refereeing ambition:

I would love to have the opportunity some day as referee to represent my country in a Champions League group match.

Lee Tavinder

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How many years refereeing:

I am just starting my 20th year as a referee.

First football memory:

Attending my first Stoke City game vs. Shrewsbury Town and sitting at the front of the Boothen End on the railings.

What has been your most important game and why:

Either the Staffordshire County Cup game between Stoke City and Port Vale (fulfilling my first ambition) or a last game of the season title decider in Lithuania – the importance of the game made the atmosphere electric.

What is your refereeing ambition:

To referee the Irish Cup Final. 

Steven Taylor

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How many years refereeing:

9 Years refereeing

First football memory:

As a Manchester United fan it was Norman Whiteside scoring the winning goal in extra time of the 1985 FA Cup Final. 

What has been your most important game and why:

Refereeing the Steel and Sons Cup Final on Christmas morning 2015.

What is your refereeing ambition:

To referee a domestic Cup Final.

Tony Clarke

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How many years refereeing:

6 years. I started refereeing in 2012 at the age of 28. 

First football memory:

My first football memory is my dad and Grandad taking me to my first Irish League game at the age of 6.

What has been your most important game and why: 

My most important game to date was my first senior game Glentoran vs Dungannon. I got the game at short notice and was very surprised. I performed well and enjoyed the experience.

What is your refereeing ambition:

My refereeing ambition is to referee the Irish Cup final someday. 

Jamie Robinson

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How many years refereeing: 

10 years (2008)

First football memory:

My first football memory was going to watch various Irish League matches around the country with my uncle when I was young. I've always had a great appreciation for the football in Northern Ireland and it's fantastic to now be involved in it.

What has been your most important game and why:

My NIFL Premiership debut between Crusaders and Warrenpoint Town or Saint-Étienne II v Avenir Foot Lozère at UEFA CORE 35.

What is your refereeing ambition: 

My ambition is to become a FIFA Referee.

Steven Gregg

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How many years refereeing:

I have been refereeing for 10 years.  I stopped playing football at 30 to focus on my aim of refereeing at the highest possible standard.

First football memory:

My first football memory was Norman Whiteside's winning goal in 1985 FA Cup Final v Everton.  It's still one of the great FA Cup final goals.

What has been your most important game and why:

All Premier League games that I've officiated are important games but the one which would stand out would be 2014 Steel & Sons Cup Final Carrick Rangers v H&W Welders.  It's a very prestigious match and one that I always looked at as a benchmark when I started refereeing.

What is your refereeing ambition:

Irish Cup Final. It's the show piece match of the season and one which i'm sure every referee in the country would like to officiate. 

Ross Dunlop

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How many years refereeing:

20 years refereeing. 

What is your first football memory:

Meeting the Scotland International Team in 1990 managed by Andy Roxbury before the SFL Centenary Match against a Scotttish League XI.  

What has been your most important game and why: 

Refereeing 2015 Irish Cup Final - Fulfilling an ambition of mine, as it is the most prestigious final in local football.

 

What is your refereeing ambition:

To continue to develop and improve as a referee and officiate at the highest level in local football.

Evan Boyce

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How many years refereeing:

16 years. 

First football memory:

My earliest football memory is the 1981 FA cup final replay which was Spurs v Man City. 

What has been your most important game and why:

The 2009 Steel Cup Final. It was always my ambition to referee the Steel Cup Final having been brought up on Amateur League football. It was also the first all amateur league final in 30 years. 

What is your refereeing ambition:

To referee a Senior Final. 

Andrew Davey

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How long have you been refereeing:

I am going into my 11th year as a referee and my 6th as a Senior Official. 

First football memory: 

My earliest footballing memories are of Italia 90. Kicking a ball around the streets pretending to be Schillaci.

What has been your most important game and why:

Thankfully I have been involved in many important local games, but refereeing the Boxing Day Derby between Linfield and Glentoran in 2014 is probably one of the most memorable. It is one of the most important fixtures in the local season and to be trusted to take charge was a privilege.

What is your refereeing ambition:

The ambition would be to referee the Irish Cup Final.

Shane Andrews

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How long have you been refereeing:

I am coming into my 8th season as a referee.

First football memory: 

My first memory of football would be my dad taking me to Elland Road to see Leeds United.

What has been your most important game and why:

Most important game to date would be Ballyclare Comrades FC v Institute Fc in the play off last season.

What is your refereeing ambition:

My refereeing ambition would be to some day referee the Irish Cup final.