A string of top Premiership referees swapped red cards for scorecards as they took part in a fundraising golf day.
Four whistlers more used to patrolling the likes of pressure cooker atmospheres at Old Trafford, Anfield and the Emirates Stadium instead found themselves strolling the greens of Doncaster Golf Club to help bring in £7,000 in aid of a Doncaster teacher who died of a rare heart condition five years ago.
Premier League referees Mike Dean, Jon Moss, Neil Swarbrick and Martin Atikinson all lined up for the event in memory of Hayfield School teacher Richard Waight, 23, who died in 2009 of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome, a heart condition that causes sudden death in apparently healthy young people.
The annual event is the brainchild of Richard’s dad Ken and he described this year’s event, which attracted 84 players, as ‘the best yet’.
He added: “It was absolutely fantastic. The weather was glorious, which obviously helped, but everything else fell into place as well and everyone had a wonderful time.”
Following the tournament, which was won by a team including Mike Dean, an evening dinner and auction raised even more cash for SADS – The Sudden Adult Death Trust – and CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, with individual donations pushing the total to more than £7,400 with funds still coming in.
However, a car up for grabs for a golfer who managed a hole-in-one on one of the course’s holes went unclaimed after no-one managed the feat.
Mr Waight added: “One of the players, a chap called Dave Brammer, was within five feet of getting it and said his shot just skimmed the hole.”
Among the items up for auction were a framed British Lions rugby shirt, a signed shirt and ball from Barnsley FC, and tickets for Doncaster Rovers.
“There was a lot of fun, but also a very serious side too, playing in memory of Richard,” added Mr Waight. “The community really came out and supported us.”