Inside Grass Roots this week: World Cup ref Webb returns to his roots

Action from the Sharrow v Crookes game, featured in Grass Roots
Action from the Sharrow v Crookes game, featured in Grass Roots
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Less than 24 hours after keeping the likes of Luis Suarez, Samuel Eto’o and Eden Hazard in check, Howard Webb was handed an altogether different challenge - taking charge of an Under-11 fixture here in Sheffield!

Webb - who, of course, will officiate at this year’s World Cup in Brazil and was recently named as the world’s best referee - returned to South Yorkshire to officiate the Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League’s Under 11 Division B Blue fixture between between AFC Dronfield and Nether Green.

AFC Dronfield ran out 3-1 winners, with James May scoring the consolation goal for Nether Green.

A day earlier, Howard stepped out in front of 41,614 fans at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1, with Martin Skrtel, Hazard and Eto’o all on the scoresheet.

The incredible tale of a world-class referee blowing the whistle in an U11 game features on page six of today’s Grass Roots - one of seven pages packed with football news.

Our featured football ‘match of the day’ is Crookes v Sharrow, which was watched by none other than snooker World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan!

But Roots is not just about football - we have 20 pages of all different sports, from boxing to basketball, and racketball to rugby union.

Which two legends of the women’s boxing world visited the English Institute of Sport last week to launch a new project? And which MP has teamed up with world number one Nick Matthew, to launch a new squash initiative?

It’s all in today’s Grass Roots supplement, inside your Sheffield Star.

The local sporting scene in Sheffield has never been in a healthier state - and Grass Roots has it all covered!