CCFA Referee Awards


The celebration of success in Altrincham continued at the Cheshire FA Referee Awards 2019, where 4 of the 8 season awards were presented to ADRS members.

The winners, presented with their awards by Premier League and FIFA referee Chris Kavanagh, were:

Matt O’Shea : Academy Referee of the Year
For his dedication and performance throughout the season, adding to his Cheshire County FA Match Official of the Year award in the 2019 FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Awards.

Carla Parker : Female Referee of the Year
For her successful season on the field and her off-field efforts to help women’s football and refereeing in Cheshire.

Brian Coyne : Volunteer of the Year
For his contribution to the continued development of referees throughout the County, and in particular within the Altrincham District.

Bertie Gent : Young Referee of the Year
For his commitment and dedication to refereeing, his willingness to seek advice and learn from others, and his excellent on-field performances.

We’re exceptionally proud of all our members, both as referees and for the support network provided to each other.

Well done everyone!

CCFA Match Official of the Year

We’re thrilled that member (and new Treasurer) Matt O’Shea has been named as Cheshire County FA’s Match Official of the Year in the 2019 FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Awards.

CCFA cited Matt’s “fantastic attitude to learn and develop” as well as the dedication shown by travelling back from Nottingham to midweek Cheshire FA CORE meetings.

“I am delighted to receive the CCFA Match Official of the Year award and would like to thank everyone from Cheshire FA and Altrincham & District Referees’ Society for their help, support and guidance throughout the season”, said Matt. “Being part of Cheshire FA’s CoRE and attending the regular meetings has helped me to add the additional 1% improvements into my game with a particular focus on fitness and positioning; whilst also highlighting additional improvements I need to make to my game to be successful at Level 4 and hopefully further.

In addition, regularly attending the monthly meetings at ADRS has added a social element into refereeing with people I am often on games with. This has also improved my game as we regularly discuss clips from games and incidents from our own games to get different viewpoints and to learn from experiences. This social element has been particularly important as I’ve had some of my toughest games this year with colleagues from ADRS! Also, having guest speakers at the meetings, such as Michael Oliver, has allowed me to learn from experienced referees at the top of their game. ADRS has also added 1% improvements to my game on a wider focus such a pre-season preparation and having a full understanding of the observation criteria.”

Young Referee of the Year 2018

We are delighted to announce that our Young Referee of the Year for 2017/18 is Charlotte Phillips. Charlotte ended an outstanding season with appointments as Referee for a County Cup Final and 4th Official for a National Cup Final. In addition, Charlotte volunteered some of her time during the season to mentor trainee referees and serve on the ADRS Committee.

The trophy was presented to Charlotte by Premier League and FIFA Referee Michael Oliver.

Tom Cassidy – Young Referee of the Year

Tom Cassidy has been presented with the award of Young Referee of the Year for the 2015/16 season. Tom has excelled on the field, gaining promotion to Level 6 and achieving success as a member of the Cheshire FA Referee Academy. When time allows, Tom volunteers as a mentor to share his support and experience with trainee referees in the District.

Tom was presented with the trophy by former winner and now FIFA Referee, Anthony Taylor. The presentation photo and a list of previous winners can be found here.

Rohan Anand: Young Referee of the Year

Congratulations to Rohan Anand who has been presented with the ADRS Young Referee of the Year award for the 2014/15 season. Rohan was presented with the trophy on Wednesday evening by Kevin Friend, Premier League Referee.

Rohan started refereeing at the age of 14 motivated by the potential to earn some money, but saw the potential to progress after transferring into the Altrincham District 2 years later. Attending Development Group meetings and using the wider support network to improve, Rohan progressed to Level 6 and is currently on track to achieve promotion to Level 5. He believes you get out of refereeing what you put in, and has given time back to help mentor new referees in the District.

Rohan follows in the footsteps of some notable names – the list of previous winners, and Rohan’s presentation picture, can be viewed here.

Dennis Phillips Receives CCFA Award

Dennis Phillips has been presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Refereeing at the Cheshire FA 2015 Awards. Dennis has provided over 40 years of service to refereeing, and following a successful active career has dedicated recent years to the development and progression of other referees in the district.

We send our heartfelt congratulations to Dennis on this well deserved award.

Alex Phillips – Cheshire FA Academy Referee of the Year

Altrincham referee Alex Phillips has been named Cheshire FA’s Academy Referee of the Year. Alex’s dedication to refereeing goes beyond his own appointments, regularly offering his help as a mentor to new referees in the district and assisting as Referee Development Programme meetings. We’re delighted that Alex’s hard work, skill and dedication has been recognised with this award.

More information on the Cheshire FA website: www.cheshirefa.com/news/2015/may/academy-referee-of-the-year

2014/15 Promotions

We are delighted to congratulate the following referees on their hard earned promotions during the 2014/15 season:

To Level 5:
Mike Ransome

To Level 6:
Rohan Anand
Brian Coyne
Felipe Morais
Mark Watkins

3 referees have been nominated to The FA for promotion to Level 4, and we await their decision.

Good luck to the 10 referees who have put themselves forward for promotion during the 2015/16 season.

Certificates were presented at our March meeting by Steve Stewart, Referee Development Manager for Lancashire FA.

Mike Ransome, Level 5

Mike Ransome, Level 5

Brian Coyne, Level 6

Brian Coyne, Level 6

Felipe Morais, Level 6

Felipe Morais, Level 6