Northumberland Referee David Rathband was remembered at a special charity golf event hosted by his former refereeing colleagues and attended by local sporting celebrities.
The PC David Rathband Trophy, organised by The Northumberland Referees Association and the Morpeth Sunday League, took place at Morpeth Golf Club, with 72 players, including FIFA Referee Michael Oliver and England Test Cricketer Steve Harmison.
Syd Johnson, who has 54 years’ service, is President of the Morpeth Sunday League and Vice President of the Northumberland Football Association, and David Martin, Secretary of Northumberland Referees’ Association, took the roles of non-playing team captains in the event, which saw Northumberland Referees’ Association take on The Rest of the World.
The Rest of the World were the victors this year and Syd Johnson proudly accepted the trophy from David Martin, who won in 2014.
The event, which has been running for the last six years, was renamed in the second year after PC David Rathband, a Cramlington Referees’ Association member, was shot and blinded whist on duty as a traffic officer with Northumbria Police.
Despite having lost his sight, David Rathband played in the tournament in 2011 and won.
Monies raised at the event each year are donated to the charity set up by David to help injured emergency services personnel.
David Martin said: “We would like to say thanks to Morpeth Golf Club, which really looked after us and helped to make this event a huge success, and to those in the Morpeth Sunday League who boosted the charity total at the event with an extra donation.”
Syd Johnson said: “We all still miss David, but being able to carry on this event in his name and raise money for the charity he set up means a great deal to us all.”
PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation Chairman Peter Sweeney accepted a cheque from Syd Johnson and David Martin for £390, which was raised during the event.
Peter Sweeney said: “As a former Northumberland Referee myself, it was a real honour and privilege to collect the cheque on behalf of the Foundation.”