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Friday 03 May 2024
Robinson to referee Irish Cup Final

Jamie Robinson has been appointed to referee tomorrow’s Clearer Water Irish Cup Final between Cliftonville and Linfield.

It will be the second final Robinson will referee this season after taking charge of the County Antrim Shield final in February between Larne and Glentoran.

He will be joined at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park tomorrow (2.30pm kick-off) by assistant referees Andrew Nethery and Adam Jeffrey, fourth official Chris Morrison and reserve AR Brian Wilson.

Robinson (29) started refereeing in 2008 at the age of 13 and quickly moved up to intermediate grade (aged 17) in 2012 and then on to the NIFL Championship (2014) and NIFL Premiership (2017).

He attended the UEFA CORE programme in 2017 and got nominated for the FIFA International List of Referees in 2020 – and he is now in his fifth year representing the Irish Football Association in both UEFA and FIFA matches.

Andrew Nethery has been an AR in the NIFL Premiership for the past seven years, completing over 200 games.

He was promoted to the FIFA list in 2020. During the past five years he has taken part in more than 30 matches across Europe, from youth level up to international, with one of the notable fixtures being Republic of Ireland v Qatar in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Adam Jeffrey has been an AR in the NIFL Premiership since 2016-17 and has officiated over 200 games in the division.

He has also taken part in matches in European competitions after attending the UEFA CORE programme in 2019. He has been a FIFA Assistant Referee since 2021.

Chris Morrison is in his fourth season as an Irish Premiership official. He was involved in the Co Antrim Shield Final in 2022-23 where he acted as fourth official.

Brian Wilson switched from playing intermediate football to refereeing in late 2017 and opted to specialise as an Assistant Referee.

He officiated in the 2018 Steel and Sons Cup Final prior to progressing to the NIFL Championship. Promotion to the Premiership panel followed in 2022-23, and he is now at the end of his second season in the top tier.

Image: Jamie Robinson, the referee for tomorrow's Clearer Water Irish Cup Final, was also the man in the middle in this season's Co Antrim Shield decider. Picture courtesy of Bill Guiller.