Referee appointments are made by the Referees' Committee, and in particular by the Referees' Secretaries, John Fowler (North) & Ian Andrews (South) with adjustments handled by the Assistant Referees' Secretaries: Alex Grayburn (North) and Chad Chaudhuri. (South).
Appointments are generally made 10-12 days in advance of games, and a full list of fixtures (including referee appointments) are sent out to all clubs, officers and referees by post or email. These fixtures are also published on this website (see Fixtures Index) This timescale allows us to ensure that clubs and referees receive their details at least a week in advance of games.
The initial appointments are made by John Fowler(North) & Ian Andrews (South) and once these appointments have been made any adjustments (caused by injuries, changes to fixtures, county cup appointments and so forth) are made by Alex Grayburn - Tel: 07976 514 623 (M) and Chad Chaudhuri.. Tel; 020 8349 9748 (H), 07956 523488 (M) . Alex Grayburn handles all fixtures in the North (the A40 is considered the border to the west of London, the Thames to the east) and Chad Chaudhuri. in the South.
Increasingly, young and new referees are being advised to find a "mentor", and experienced referee designed to support and guide them in those early matches, and develop a friendship that will hopefully continue into a long-standing support.
The mentor is there to praise a referee's good points, help him or her to identify and improve any areas of weakness and to assist him or her in improving their performance levels as a referee and as an assistant referee.
For more details on mentoring please contact your County Referee Development Officer.