Ibrox prepares to see first woman running the line

Published on 11 January, 2013 
By: Mark Williams


A council worker will make history this weekend when she becomes the first woman to run the line at Ibrox.

Lorraine Clark, from Thornton in Fife, has been a football referee for 10 years and is hoping her appointment as match official when Rangers take on Berwick tomorrow will eventually lead to a role in the Scottish Premier League.

The 27-year-old, an electrical engineer with Fife Council property services, was recently promoted to the Fifa list of referees and she regularly officiates junior games.

She said: "I have always loved football and this is everything I have worked and aimed for over the last ten years.

"I am really excited to be involved in Saturday's game and my ambition is to work in the SPL. This is hopefully the next step."

Alan Paul, senior manager of property services at the council, said: "We are extremely proud of Lorraine's achievements in football, especially as it is predominately a male sport.

"She has managed to juggle the demands of her job as an electrical engineer in property services, working on sustainability projects for schools and care homes, while undertaking her duties as a referee.

"We see her out running at lunchtimes and she's an inspiration to us all to do more.

"She started as an apprentice with us and excelled in that to become Apprentice of the Year.

"I'm sure she'll carry out her role with the SFA with the same integrity and determination."

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