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The Ipswich Referees Society is the place for up-and-coming referees. The society has decades of experience to call upon and can provide mentors for new and improving referees to help them to reach their potential. We also provide all kinds of support for active referees, including training on the Laws of the Game, discussions on how to deal with difficult incidents on the field of play and support for referees facing personal hearings at the FA. Please contact us for more information about any issues that are of interest to you.

Gordon Blake

November 2019

RIP Gordon Blake

We are very sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of Gordon Blake. Gordon has been a stalwart for Suffolk football for many, many years as a player, club rep and a referee and has helped many a football club at grassroots level to achieve everything they hoped to achieve. A stalwart at Suffolk FA in various guises, a true grassroots football man if ever there was one. Our thoughts go out to Gordon's family at this sad time. RIP Gordon, local grassroots football is going to miss you that is for sure.
Suffolk FA News Release - President Gordon Blake Passes Away

John Brooks

14th November 2019

John Brooks at Colchester Referees' Association

We're delighted to announce that the Colchester Referees' Association have invited Ipswich Referees Society members to their meeting on 14th November 2019 at Colchester Utd's ground. The guest speaker will be experienced Premier League assistant John Brooks. If you're interested in attending and would like to share travel, please email

New Referees

October 2019

Referee Qualification

We welcomed a new group of up and coming match officials at the October meeting of the Ipswich Referees Society. Our new referees are pictured along with life member and Patron of Ipswich Referees George Whight as well as Andy Wilding, Referee Trainer and Ipswich Referees Society's Secretary, and Alan Dale, Suffolk FA Senior RDO. They have received their badges having qualified as referees - congratulations to all of you!




Mike Moir



Andy Wilding



Richard Skinner



Graham Bleasby




The Society holds monthly meetings at which referees can meet new people, discuss the important issues that they face and learn more about the art of refereeing. Meeting regularly include training sessions on the laws of football, feature guest speakers and offer support for up and coming referees.

Events are held at Ransomes Sports Club, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 4JJ and we recommend arriving at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. We look forward to welcoming all our members and also prospective members who'd like to attend.


18th November 2019

An Evening with ITFC's Paul Lambert and Lee O'Neill

Ipswich Referees Society is absolutely delighted to welcome Ipswich Town Manager Paul Lambert and ITFC General Manager Lee O'Neill to our November meeting. A Champions League winner with over 500 career appearances as a professional footballer, Mr. Lambert has vast experience in the world of football both as player and manager. Having reignited the passion of the Ipswich fans, Mr. Lambert has led his team to the top of the League One table and we're thrilled that Ipswich Referees Society members can spend an evening with Mr. Lambert and Mr. O'Neill, the ITFC Academy manager who this year also took on the role of General Operations Manager. This event is for Referees' Association members only (from all branches) and spaces are limited so please indicate your intention to attend by emailing us at

Suffolk FA

21st October 2019

Managing Difficult Situations

We had a brilliant meeting with Alan Dale, Suffolk FA's Senior RDO on October 21st. Thanks to a wonderful attendance, our discussion about Managing Difficult Situations was excellent; we broke into groups with each assigned a difficult topic and it was a great chance for match officials to discuss tough situations that may occur on or off the field of play and make suggestions about how best to deal with them, with some well thought out contributions from the younger referees in attendance. If all our youth are of this calibre, football in Suffolk has a bright future ahead!

James Brookes

16th September 2019

New Season, New Venue

Our first meeting of the 2019-2020 season was a great success! Held at our new venue, Ransomes Sports Club, we were delighted to hear from James Brookes about his work with the national FA's Youth Council and his trip to St. George's Park. We also heard from Peter Biggs about the Ipswich Referees Society's support program for referees facing misconduct on the field and attending personal hearings then the evening was rounded off with A Question of Sporting Referees hosted by our very own Andy Wilding! Our young members dinged their way into an unassailable lead and won the competition comfortably!


How To Join

The main benefit of membership is the safe knowledge that you have a strong team of referees behind you so when you go out onto the pitch, you are not alone. The Ipswich Referees Society also provides additional training to support your progress and a wealth of experience. Its connection with the National Referees Assocation also means that you will have financial insurance and legal backing should you ever need it, including:

Loss/Theft of Personal Effects - insurance cover for losses incurred while refereeing (including kit)
Physiotherapy & Dental Cover - for injuries incurred whilst refereeing (including support whilst in hospital)
Drive Assist - Motor Legal Assistance if you are involved in a Road Traffic Accident.

Contact Us

For more information about the society and what we do:

For information about memberships:

Please address any society correspondence to:

Andy Wilding
10, Spriteshall Lane
Trimley St. Mary
IP11 9QY

If you've faced abuse or misconduct on the pitch or have received notification from the FA about attending a personal hearing, we're here to help and have a team of referees who can provide the latest guidance for anyone facing these situations! Please email us:

Our Meetings

Join us on the third Monday of the month
(Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun) at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.

 Ransomes Sports Club
    Sidegate Avenue
    IP4 4JJ