A MORPETH resident who became a regular man in the middle at the end of his playing days has been honoured for his dedication to refereeing.
Michael Floyd passed his referee’s exams in 1990 and took numerous matches as a qualified club referee as well as playing for teams in the Morpeth Sunday League.
In 2005, he decided to concentrate on refereeing and he was promoted quickly, reaching level five within three years.
As well as officiating across Northumberland, including Cramlington Sunday League, Blyth Sunday League and the North Northumberland League along with Morpeth Sunday League, the 50-year-old is a Northumberland Executive Referees’ Association committee member (he was chairman in 2010/11) and secretary of the Ashington branch.
At a recent ceremony, Mr Floyd received the Len Hayden Memorial Trophy. This is awarded annually to a member of the Northumberland Referees’ Association who has given outstanding and exemplary service to the organisation at branch and/or county level over a considerable period of time.
He said: “I’m very proud of this award and pleased that I’m the first-ever Morpeth resident to achieve it.
“I decided to referee in different leagues to avoid teams becoming familiar with me and I’ve been fortunate to get regular cup final appointments as both referee and assistant for a number of these leagues.”