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Gravesend referees win national quiz

PUBLISHED: 16:06 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:06 27 August 2014

Ian Miles (left) and the team.

Ian Miles (left) and the team.

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A team of referees were thrilled after winning a national quiz.

Ian Miles, Tony Jackson, Ian Mitchell and Pat Carey from the Gravesend Branch RA team competed in the Referees Association National Quiz.

Tony was brought in as a late replacement for Trevor Bailey, who had a coaching commitment he was unable to get out of and therefore could not compete.

The team were victorious, and member Ian Miles also won an individual award.

“We’ve won it in the past, this is the seventh time we have won it but it’s been quite a gap. It’s been a few years and we have regularly got to the national final but not been successful, so it was nice to get back on track again,” Ian said.

“Part of the reason we were successful on the day was because the top three scores all came from Gravesend.”

The team made their way through three rounds- a true or false round, a numbers round- consisting of things such as law numbers and pitch dimensions, restarts round- explaining how they would restart a match after a stoppage, and playing situations round- requiring three elements.

“The final round is a bit more involved,” Ian said.

After a tremendous effort from all of the team members, who led from start to finish, there were audible sighs of relief when their win was confirmed.

The individual scores were then announced, and Ian Miles and Pat Carey had tied with 30 points each.

They went head to head in a tie-breaker round, and Ian won the trophy but remains modest about this.

“I was declared the winner but there was nothing between us really,” he said.

People who compete in the quiz have all been active referees at some point in their lives, and some still are currently.

“I am no longer an active referee. I was active as a referee for 17 to 18 years and then I packed in, partly because of a knee injury,” Ian said.

“I am still involved, but don’t actually run around the football field anymore.

“I do miss it sometimes and then there’s other times where I think ‘how did I ever fit it in?’

“As you get older I guess your priorities can change a bit. If I was still perfectly able to run round the field I would probably still be doing it.”

Ian started as a referee in Gravesend local league, before he went up through the Kent league and travelled all around the South East.

“I got to a reasonable standard,” he said.

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