2018 Annual Dinner @ The Plough Hotel

Saturday 17 March saw Stirlingshire Referees Association hold their annual dinner and speakers night at the Plough Hotel in Stenhousemuir.

The speakers this year were the excellent Alan Rough and Paul Reid who entertained a sold out crowd of 120 guests on the evening.

A number of awards were also presented to members to recognise their acheivements throughout the previous year. All our awards this year were presented by Drew Herbertson from the Scottish FA.

Tom Cavanagh was presented with an award for refereeing in a Scottish Schools National Cup final:









Craig Macrae was awarded the Ian Wales Trophy for his efforts at training:









Steven Craven was presented with the Arthur MacDonald Trophy for his outstanding service to the Association over the past year:









Georgia Boulstridge was awarded the Ewan Mathieson Trophy which recognises her contribution to refereeing at amateur/juvenile level:









A special award was also presented to Stephen Finnie who will retire as a Category 1 referee at the end of this season, after 14 years service at that level:









The Association would like to thank all members and their guests for attending on the night and for contributing to the raffle and prize games.

We would also like to thank the Plough Hotel for providing the venue.




Futsal Referees Training Day

There will be a Futsal Referees Training Day At Oriam on Sunday 3rd December.
The training day will begin at 11am.
The agenda will be 11am – 12noon – Training Class Instruction
12noon – 1pm – Lunch
1pm – Attendance at Home Internationals

If you are wishing to attend please intimate your attendance to Thomas.murphy@scottishfa.co.uk and to Wes, to allow him to track the Stirlingshire members planning to attend.

New Entrants complete their first games

Well done to a number of our new entrants who have completed their first games since passing their exam recently.

Thanks go to Archie Riddell for co-ordinating this process and to the mentors for giving up their time to support the new referees in their first games.

We now look forward to seeing these new referees develop and continue to enjoy their experience as a referee.


Pictures below are of Scott Ballantyne and Ryan Kellock who both completed their first games on 18/11/17.

Regional Training Day – Sunday 12 November

The second Regional Training Day of 2017 is being held at Stirling University, FK9 4LA on Sunday 12th November 2017 and is open to anyone in Categories 3 Dev, 4, 4 Dev, 5, 6 and 7.

After the resounding success of our Training day earlier this year, there will again be some practical outdoor demonstrations to enhance your decision making. It would be helpful if you would bring along your flags, cards and a whistle. As these sessions will be on grass please bring appropriate footwear. The course will give you the opportunity to receive instruction and coaching from some of our top match officials and assist your development as a referee. The content of the course will be varied, incorporating all aspects of refereeing with advice of the highest quality.

Regional Training Days such as this will focus on your needs at the level of the game at which you officiate. This year will be no exception.

The day will begin outdoors at 10.00 am and should conclude around 3.30 pm.


To register your interest in attending this training day you should contact Wes (wesbsec@hotmail.com)

Welcome from Brian Winter

The SFA have recently announced that Brian Winter has been appointed as the referee committee member responsible for both Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire associations.

Brian has the following message for our members, as part of his introduction to Stirlingshire Refeees Association:

Following my appointment to the SFA Referee Committee last month, I am delighted that the SFA have aligned me with the responsibility for overseeing the Management of both Stirlingshire RA and Lanarkshire RA, and I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone within Stirlingshire Association.
For the last 3 years I undertook the role of Association Manager within Lanarkshire RA, and in that time I have come to appreciate the work that goes on ‘in house’ to ensure an Association can service the game at all levels. My main role will be to support not just your Association Managers in Brian McGarry and Ricky Mooney, two people I know very well and have worked with over the years, but to support all your members at every level.
Personally, I would say the priority for any Association has to sit with the ‘Development’ of Referees, as never before has there been a clearer pathway, with the supporting structures in place to give people that opportunity. Yes, its competitive, but the rewards for achievement are there to see. I look forward to ensuring Stirlingshire RA has all the support it needs to continue this.
Finally, I will be attending your Training Sessions and Meetings when I can and this will give me an opportunity to meet with you.
Good luck for the Season ahead.
Brian Winter
We wish Brian the best in his new role and look forward to seeing him at our training, meetings and other events.

Stirlingshire match officials bring amateur football season to a close

A team of 4 Stirlingshire referees were appointed to referee in the Stirling & District Amateur FA’s Mathieson Cup Final on Friday 9 June.

The game was played between Tullibody and Pennies and finished 1-0 to Tullibody.

Well done to the team of officials and we wish them a good close season.

From left to right:

Alan Lansdowne (AR), Tom Cavanagh (Referee), Gavin Young (AR), Gordon Wilson (4th Official)

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