Dean on International Duty


Tonight, 24th March 2016, see’s Swansea Referee’s Society’s Dean John once again take on international duty.

John, of Manselton in Swansea, is part of the team that will take charge of Wales last home game before they head for France for Euro ’16. He will act as Fourth Official for the match between Wales V Northern Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The referee of the Match is Scottish Premier League (SPL) referee Kevin Clancy.

The game has been labelled “a potentially feisty” British Derby. Wales go in to the game on the back of an excellent and historic qualifying campaign which saw them qualify for the first ever major tournament in France in June & July 2016. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland also go into the game on the back of a good campaign which will see them fly to France in the summer.


Fixture: Wales V Northern Ireland

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

K.O Time: 19:45

Competition: International Friendly

Society Member Shines Abroad



FB_IMG_1443727182108 Society member Ceri Williams on UEFA duty as 4th Officials for a World Cup Qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium

Female Swansea Referee Society member Miss Ceri Williams is currently on UEFA International duty in Belgium. Ceri along with Welsh Female FIFA Referee Charlotte Carpenter travelled to Liege for 8 days this week for UEFA U17 mini tournament.

Ceri will take part as an Assistant referee is 3 matches while at the tournament. Firstly on 29th September Ceri’s first game was between host side Belgium V Georgia along with Portuguese Referee and Assistant Referee. Ceri was also aided by fellow Welsh colleague Charlotte Carpenter who was 4th official for the game.


Ceri Williams at the Belgium Vs Georgia pre match along with her Portuguese colleagues

The other games the Welsh officials will take part in include Belgium Vs Azerbaijan where Charlotte will take charge of the game as Match Referee and will be assisted by Ceri, this match takes place tonight the 1st October. The Third game again with Charlotte as Match Referee and Ceri as Assistant is on 4th October where Azerbaijan face Georgia.

FB_IMG_1443727327946     Ceri posted this picture on social media this week. The picture see’s the girls all smiles and enjoying the European sun before a training session with the rest of the UEFA officials.


Everyone at Swansea Referees Society wishes the girls good luck!



Colin Ashford Award 2014/15 Season

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Receiving The Swansea Referees Society Colin Ashford Award from Vice Chairman Alan Gray is Mr Dave Savage.
On Monday the 28th of September Swansea Referees Society held our September meeting, to which we invited Mr Dave Savage to college the Colin Ashford award. This award is given annually by the Society to recognize individuals who have contributed greatly to local football in our area.   Mr Dave Savage joined the Swansea Senior League at 16 years of age playing for Fletchers A.F.C.     He was a founder member of Wern A.F.C. in 1973 and has been a player, secretary,  manager,  kit washer ( with his wife Lynne )  and is still    involved as treasurer of the club.  He joined committee of The Swansea Senior League in 1977 and served for 9 years as Registration secretary eventually becoming Chairman and President of the league and is now coming up to 38 years of unbroken service.
Notes from Viv Nedin    Society Secretary.
Pictures courtesy of James Sheils Society Assistant Secretary

Welsh Premier Seminar Branded Success



Last weekend saw the annual, Welsh Premier League Officials, seminar for the 2015/16 season. The seminar was held at the Welsh Football Trust HQ in Newport, Dragon Park.

The Seminar saw over 50 officials both referees and assistant referees attend the 2 day event.

The weekend was split into two sections. Saturday saw all the officials take part in their annual pre-season fitness test and practical training sessions. This year the officials were tested on their fitness by using the FIFA fitness test, they also had their body weight and also body fat percentage measured.

The Sunday saw the conference take place. The calibre of the guest speakers at the Conference highlights the professional approach towards refereeing in Wales with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) Head of Sports Science, Simon Brievik, Adam Watts (PGMOL Assistant Referee Coaching Team), Alex McInch (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Alan Snoddy (FIFA Instructor, member of Referee Convention Panel and a former World Cup referee) all holding valuable seminars covering a wide range of topics across the two days.

Adrian Hartley

Dear Members and Refereeing Friends,

It was with deepest regret that the society found out on Monday the 27th July 2015, that member Adrian Hartley sadly passed away.

Adrian was a much loved friend and colleague who had been battling a number of illnesses recently but sadly could not battle through.

Further details of Adrian’s funeral will be posted on this page and emailed to members as soon as the society receives them.

The Society committee and members would like to send their thoughts and prayers to Adrian’s family at this sad time.

Any further details required can be found by contacting Society Secretary Viv Nedin


Assistant Referee Training

West Wales FA are holding an Assistant Referee training night on the 23rd March 2015 in conjunction with the Football Association of Wales.

Date: 23rd March 2015      Time: 18:45 – 20:00pm



Rear of Daniel James School

926 Llangerfellach Road




The training is being led by FAW Assistant Referee Manager Steve Hames along with a team of Welsh Premier League Assistant Referees. Any participants are asked to arrive early for a prompt start and also bring their own flags. The session will take place on a 3G surface so suitable footwear will need to be worn. E.g Trainers or rubber studded boots (no metal studs allowed)

Spaces are limited. Please speak to WWFA referees officer David Rees for details


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