World Cup ref’s whistlestop visit

Howard Webb at SWFC Ladies
Howard Webb at SWFC Ladies
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HE’S a good sport.

World Cup Final referee Howard Webb showed all of his world class credentials when he attended a fund-raising tournament at Sheffield Wednesday’s training ground in Hillsborough.

The tournament was organised by Sheffield Wednesday Ladies FC to raise funds for tracksuits and shower jackets for more than 125 players at the club.

Officials at the club say all nine of their teams “talked, cajoled and blackmailed” their managers, coaches, parents and relations into making up squads for a seven a-side tournament. Each player then paid £5 to play and spectators paid £1 to watch.

And Premier League referee Howard kindly agreed to come along and help.

Not only that but he stayed for more than two hours signing autographs, having his photo taken and also refereeing some of the games including the final and presenting the winners with a special trophy kindly donated by the The Sheffield Trophy Centre.

SWLFC Chairman Dave Higgins said: “Our thanks go to Howard and also local referee Gary Thomas and everyone who gave up their time to help with the event. Although the weather was shocking and there were lots of aching limbs, everyone had a great time and we managed to raise £606 towards the fund.

“Our players all pay subs to play for the club which goes some way towards the £20,000 it takes to run a club the size of SWLFC.

“We are always on the look out for local businesses to get involved and help with donations to the fund in return for various advertising opportunities.”

If you are interested in sponsoring the club or just wanting further information about Sheffield Wednesday’s girls football, please feel free to contact Dave on 07766 231707.