FA honours more than 100 years service by refs John and Peter

Presentation: John Lees, left, and Peter Griffiths.
Presentation: John Lees, left, and Peter Griffiths.
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TWO Doncaster men have been honoured by the Football Association in recognition of over 100 years of service between them to refereeing.

Peter Griffiths and John Lees were presented with special awards at the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA Awards Evening held at Hillsborough.

Peter qualified as a referee in 1956 and joined the Doncaster and District Referees’ Society in the same year. He has also held many roles within the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Referees’ Association since 1984 including the position of chairman and president.

He has been an active referee’s assessor and examiner for Sheffield & Hallamshire FA for many years and has trained hundreds of referees who went on to officiate in the sport at different levels in the Doncaster area.

John overcame adversity from an illness suffered as a child and took up refereeing in 1956.

He officiated during his refereeing career in the various leagues in the Doncaster area and still acts as an assessor for the Doncaster & District Referees’ Society.

An active member of the society, John has held the position of treasurer as part of his 50 years service.