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Man in the middle medal

PUBLISHED: 16:52 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

A FORMER football referee has been recognised for his long service. Les Eyers, 81, was given a special award by The Kent Referee Association for being a member of the Gravesend Branch for 50 years. He said: It was really, really handsome of them, a bou

A FORMER football referee has been recognised for his long service.

Les Eyers, 81, was given a special award by The Kent Referee Association for being a member of the Gravesend Branch for 50 years.

He said: "It was really, really handsome of them, a bouquet of flowers and a plaque for my wall.

"The best thing was I received a lovely pair of cuff links."

Mr Eyers, of Hawkins Avenue, Gravesend, retired from officiating about 15 years ago, but continued to act as a mentor to up-and-coming referees.

Mr Eyers received his award from the vice president of the Gravesend Branch, Trevor Scott at a ceremony of close friends and family at Kent Sports Club last month.

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