Kelvin’s long service reward

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A FORMER referee from Bury St Edmunds was honoured for 50 years’ service at Suffolk FA’s Night of 1,000 Years awards ceremony hosted at the Holiday Inn in Ipswich.

Kelvin Morton received the award for long service in recognition for the time he has devoted to refereeing.

At 23, Morton was promoted on to the Football League as an assistant referee and, in 1982, was promoted on to the National List of Football Referees.

During his illustrious career, Morton refereed on Barclays Premier League matches from 1992 to 1995 and was the fourth official during the 1992 FA Cup Final.

Since retiring as an active official, Mr Morton has joined the National List of Football League Assessors and assesses on the Barclays Premier League.

He is a member and supporter of the Referees’ Association and has served as Secretary, Chairman and President of his local branch in Bury St Edmunds.

Phil Knight, Suffolk FA Chief Executive, said: “To referee for 50, 40 or 25 years is a remarkable achievement which should rightly deserve a lot of recognition.”

The Night of 1,000 Years celebrated the combined total of 1,000 years of service which had been accumulated by the award winners’ years of service in refereeing.