Association’s ‘great debt’ to Brian
AT the recent annual general meeting of the Berks and Bucks Referees’ Association, secretary Brian Richards retired after nearly 20 years of service.
The occasion was marked by the presentation of an engraved silver tankard by the chairman of the association, Bill Cleere.
In making the presentation, Mr Cleere said the association owed a great debt to Mr Richards for his tireless work he had carried out in promoting the cause of football referees in Berks and Bucks and establishing a good relationship with the county FA.
As well as the usual duties of a secretary, he had been responsible for a newsletter, produced four times a year and dealing with refereeing issues and achievements, which is sent to all members of Berks and Bucks RA.
Mr Richards, who lives in Amersham, is also currently president of the Chiltern District Referees’ Society. During the 1980s and 1990s he was its secretary for 15 years.
He was then chairman for three years at the beginning of this century.
He still edits the society’s magazine The Chiltern Referee, which is produced 10 times a year and distributed to all society members, as well as being sent to referees all over the country.
He has been producing this magazine now for more than 30 years.
GREAT WORK: Brian Richards (right) receives a silver tankard from association chairman Bill Cleere