A Welcome From The New Chairman

Webmaster, 22 September 2017

First of all I’d like to thank you all for nominating me to become chairman of this excellent Association. As you are all aware, this Association has been very close to my heart over the past 12 years or so, so much so, that when I was interviewed for the post of referees’ appointments officer all those years ago, one of the first questions I asked was if this league had its own referees association.

It would be extremely remiss of me not to thank the outgoing chairman Mike Taylor for all the work he has put in over the last 20 years. It is without doubt a very big pair of boots to fill. Mike, thanks for the work you have put in over the years and it must have pleased you to see the association grow has it has.

To Bill Hamilton for all his hard work as membership secretary and banker, an ideal post for a lad from Dundee!!

So we now move into a new era, whereby I’ll do my best to keep the association held in such esteem by many people outside this league. I make no bones about the fact that due to many problems the association has not been as prominent as it should have been in the last couple of years. I am not and wouldn’t blame anybody for that, but as it most walks of life, problems always will happen with successful bodies.

So what visions do I have regarding moving forward. Firstly and I think most of you are aware of this, and that is for those who are 3yr members, their membership will be extended by a year for no extra cost and for those of you who paid a yearly subscription last year, will have that membership also extended for a year. We all think that this is a fair way to deal with the monies the Association received last year and you as members got nothing for it.

I must confess, that when this was discussed at a recent committee meeting the tears that were shed by Bill meant that we all spent about an hour clearing up the water in the pub.

Refereeing these days, and this is not knocking the older members, is very much a young man’s game and therefore it is up to all of us to get as many of the new and younger officials to be part of this Association. I would hope that the wise old sages will do all they can to encourage the youngsters to move forward whenever possible.

We as an Association are fortunate in that we have a very vibrant committee and they will do all they can to help and encourage all the new folk who sign up, along with the current members.

I fully appreciate that Rome wasn’t built in a day and there is a lot of hard work to be done by all of us. Let us get this association back to where it was, one of the finest referee’s Associations in the country. You all know I’m not just saying this, but it is a fact that we were held in very high esteem by the powers that be.

I would ask all current members to spread the word that the Association is back up and running. We need you to become members if you haven’t so far joined. The bigger the membership, the better and stronger we will become.

At the last meeting (our AGM) the SSMFL have invited us to co-opt a member onto the Referees’ Committed of the League. This in my view is a forward step and one which we will take on. This will enable the Association to take any problems to the League and vica versa. We have all been crying out for something like this to happen for ages. This again is moving forward and hopefully will benefit us all.

The Association will continue to provide you with varied and top class speakers, and their knowledge which they all pass on will most certainly help us all.

Finally, I wish all of you success for the coming season, and remember, we are here to help you.

Thank you.

Mick Ewen

CHAIRMAN