November meeting minutes

York RA September Monthly Meeting- held at York Hospital Social Club on 7th November 2019

No. of attendees: 26

Apologies received (7) from: Ian Hotchkies, Brian Smith, John Ledgeway, Jake Drummond, Mark Burke, Dave Milburn, Graham Bradbury


  • The meeting commenced at 19:34 with Chairman Alan Kaye asking for a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day as this was the closest meeting to the date. Practical advice was also offered for match day.
  • Alan proceeded to welcome new member Harry Gibson and his grandad as first time after completing the recent referee’s course at Poppleton.
  • Alan spoke about the different leagues in York and concluded by congratulating Matt Cottingham on his new role as York Minster Engineering league referee’s appointment officer.
  • Alan spoke about benefits of the RA- not just the obvious things i.e. home appliances
  • County FA letter read out requesting clips, photos, or anything to do with officiating in the past 12 months for their Christmas montage.
  • Barry Casterton- no aggravated breaches in the past month- good news. Highly likely that from 2021 open age clubs will need to have someone safeguarded at games if they have U18s playing. Barry also talked through the two yellow card situation with a manager and how to report that.
  • Also discussed U18s armband and their significance.
  • Finally, a group discussion commenced on VAR after Andy Halliday’s presentation last month


Guest Speaker- Garreth Rhodes


  • 2a referee (National League Premier Referee) and 4th official on the football league.
  • Gave a bit on his background.
  • Gareth talked about his early career, refereeing on the York league- first game at Barmby Moor, local derby with the infamous Jackson brothers. 3 reds, 6 yellows. Welcome to refereeing.
  • 129 games in one season! Went from 7-4 that season.
  • Achieved promotion to level 3 out of the York League.
  • 3 seasons at level 3
  • First football league game- Grimsby v Stevenage, 4th man
  • 2 seasons at 2b
  • Gareth proceeded to cover identifying careless, reckless and serious foul play challenges as his main topic.
  • We looked through a number of clips, from both the professional and amateur game.
  • A key focus was to get the correct angle on challenges so that you have a greater chance of getting the decisions correct.
  • Secondly, be switched on from the beginning as SFP challenges can happen at any time.
  • Overall, the presentation engaged members to create discussion within the group. James Unwin gave the vote of thanks, thanking Gareth for his time, especially at short notice for his presentation and interaction with members during the evening


The meeting concluded at 21:36

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