Nottinghamshire FA referee Adrian Ford reaches the remarkable milestone of 1000 games when he officiates the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division fixture Ilkeston Town v Attenborough
Ahead of this achievement the NSL caught up with him to discuss his achievements
So, what made you start Refereeing?
I was hitting my late 40’s after starting playing aged 13 and not missing a season of playing in goal for many clubs in Kent, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. I hoped to get to 50 and perhaps slow down so Refereeing seemed the obvious avenue to go down! That didn’t happen as still playing for West Bridgford Colts Vets in the EMVL aged 63!
Where do you officiate currently?
Three main Leagues – the NSL, EMPAL and the BUCS.
Also alphabet soup of Leagues over the years eg YEL, MAA, NAA, MNA, FA, Youth, Ladies, Schools, Thursday, Vets etc.
What was your ambition as a referee?
I had the ambition to be the best in every League I officiated in. The fact that I have refereed every major Leagues Cup Final and been named their Referee of the Year has made it all worthwhile.
If you had to name one highlight?
Without doubt- 2008-09 being named Notts FA Referee of the Year and being presented with the Trophy by Dave Watson, the England Centre Half at the Awards Evening
Who has been a major influencer on your career?
David Coote the Premier League Referee when he was at Notts FA, always showed interest and support.
What has been your most disappointing moment?
Being head butted from behind by a diminutive player of Veteran age in a Sunday morning match-still got the lump! I Finished game despite injury.
What are your remaining ambitions?
Recently discovered Walking Football with Unity and Nottingham Forest Over 60’s to continue my playing career whilst keeping my 60 matches a season refereeing record going for as long as the legs allow!
Perhaps 1500 officiated and 1500 games played by the age of 70?
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