Bryan Robertson

Message from Alan Cunningham

After almost 53 years continuous service to refereeing, Bryan Robertson has decided to retire from his current Referee Observer role with the Scottish FA.  Bryan started his refereeing career in 1967 and enjoyed 20 seasons on the Senior List  (with 8 seasons at category 1) before retiring at the end of season 1990-91. During this time he received several International appointments in the UEFA Cup assisting referees Alastair MacKenzie, John Gordon and George Smith.  As well as actively refereeing, Bryan was involved with the running of the Associations’ activities for many years, firstly, helping out in the Minor Grades Advisory Panel. He was keen to look after the interests of members and became a hard working and highly efficient Secretary for Glasgow RA for 7 seasons (1992-93 to 1998-99) whilst being in the first group of Referee Development Advisors appointed by the Scottish FA.

In 2005-06, under the re-organisation of refereeing in Scotland, Bryan became the first Association Manager for Glasgow overseeing its business in an exemplary manner until 2016 when he changed roles to take up Assistant Managers’ duties and stood down from this position in 2018. Since 1999-00 he has served as a Referee Supervisor / Observer utilising his enormous experience and wisdom to provide a considerable amount of advice and support to match officials.

Bryan continues to be a dedicated husband and carer to his wife, Phyllis, who is now housebound due to ill health. It is hoped that Bryan will be able to attend future members’ meetings and cover the occasional game under the Minor Grades or Development Initiative.

On behalf of all the members of Glasgow RA, I congratulate Bryan on his distinguished career and devotion to refereeing spanning over 52 years and I wish him a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement.

Alan Cunningham, Association Manager Glasgow RA.

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Coronavirus Friendly Matches

Please note that the official line to clubs from the Scottish FA on training is that “the decision to suspend or continue training is at each club’s discretion at this time, however clubs must ensure to follow current medical guidance when making this decision”.

“Under no circumstances will friendly matches or ‘bounce games’ be permitted, even if these take place within a scheduled training session”.

Please do not agree to officiate at any friendly, closed door match or training match until further notice.

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Coronavirus

To all Members

Hope you are well.

In light of today’s announcement that all domestic professional and grassroots football under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA is suspended until further notice, I would inform you that the Referee Dept. has cancelled all scheduled Calendar of Events along with all Referee Associations’ meetings and Area training sessions until further notice.

The priority is the health and safety of members and you should not take unnecessary risks. However, where possible, members are encouraged to continue to train individually to ensure readiness to officiate on the resumption of games.

The re-start of football and Associations’ activities is presently unknown.  The details of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting will be provided in due course.

I will keep all members updated of any future developments.

Best wishes,

Alan

Association Manager

SFA Referees Glasgow

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South Area Training Update

South Area training is off this evening

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South Training

Due to the school holidays training will be at the John Wright Sports Centre this week 12th February.

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Last Chance!

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Advanced Class February 2020

The advanced course for referees will start on Monday 10th February at Hampden Park in Skybox 6 commencing at 7pm with an approximate finish of 9pm.

The course will run for 6 weeks with Alan Muir taking the class. The exam is online and you will need to bring along a laptop, tablet or equivalent each week.

Anyone wishing to take this class should contact Association Manager – Alan Cunningham to express interest.

If you have any queries, please do contact Alan at your earliest convenience.

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Social Media

Further to Thursdays meeting, members are reminded to continue to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner while using social media. If you have any questions or queries then please don’t hesitate to contact Alan Cunningham or Gerry Corrie.

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Thursday Meeting Change

Due to maintenence work being carried out in the auditorium at Hampden Park, Thursdays meeting will be held in the Nevis 1 Suite.

If you’re unsure of how to get there then please enter via the main entrance at Hampden as usual and ask for directions at the desk.

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Happy Holidays – Dates 2020

The Association Managers, President and Management Committee of the Glasgow Referees’ Association wish all members and their families a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at some of the relevant events outlined below.

Important dates for 2020

  • Tues 7th/ Wed 8th January – Re-start of training areas                       (Crownpoint / Scotstoun and Williamwood)
  • Thurs 9th January – Members meeting at Hampden 7.30pm
  • Mon 13 Jan – Start of new entrants class, Hampden 7pm
  • Mon 20th Jan – Minor Grades Advisory Panel Seminar, Hampden 7pm
  • Thurs 6th Feb – SFAR Glasgow Awards Dinner                               Queens Park Bowling Club, 7.30pm (cost £25)
  • Feb 2020 – Advance Class at Hampden                                     (mandatory if you wish to referee in Junior Football)
  • Thurs 12th March – Members Meeting at Hampden 7.30                          (nominations for Management Committee taken at meeting)
  • Thurs 16th April – Association AGM at Hampden 7.30pm
  • Sunday 17th May – Regional Training Day, Oriam, 9.30 – 4pm       (Categories 4,5,6 and 7 referees)
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