Ron’s gift to referee Webb

Ronald Skidmore and Howard Webb
Ronald Skidmore and Howard Webb
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WORLD Cup final referee Howard Webb paid a visit to the man responsible for him first becoming an official – and was handed a smashing gift to boot.

Howard first met Ronald Skidmore, from Conisbrough, in 1991 when Ron assessed him as a referee for admission into the Rotherham Association League.

The pair have been friends ever since, as Howard’s career led to him officiating at last year’s World Cup final in South Africa between Spain and the Netherlands.

At their latest get-together Ron, who is now blind, presented Howard with a mosaic football he had made at a workshop set up by blind ex-servicemen’s charity St Dunstan’s.

Howard said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this gift from Ron and know how much hard work has gone into it. It is amazingly intricate and it is incredible to think Ron made it without being able to see.”

Ron has recently been supporting his niece Sandra Hedley in efforts to raises £4,000 for St Dunstan’s.

Log onto www.justgiving.com/Sandra-Hedley to donate.