[T]HE Cumberland Football Association has announced that local referee Anthony Backhouse is to take charge of the Vanarama National League Play-Off final between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers on Sunday 14 May.
Anthony, affiliated to Cumberland FA, commenced his refereeing at the age of 14 and becomes the first-ever referee from Cumberland to take charge at the national stadium. Anthony’s dad, Chris, was also a Level 3 referee, inspired Anthony and has supported him throughout his rise to his current position.
After realising his potential as a referee, Anthony began working his way up the promotion ladder. He finished playing football at 18 so as to concentrate on his goal of becoming a top-flight official.
Through his career to date, Anthony has taken charge of county finals and now, at the age of 26, becomes one of the youngest officials to take charge at Wembley. His appointment is the result of an incredible amount of belief, hard work and dedication.
Upon hearing of his promotion to the National League Play-Off final, Anthony said: “Being trusted to officiate such an important and prestigious appointment is an honour. It is any footballer’s dream to be part of a final at Wembley and it is no different for referees. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and guided me from the start of my refereeing career at the age of 14. The list is too long to mention, however those individuals know who they are.”
For more information on getting involved in refereeing in Cumberland, please contact Steve Dobinson, Referee Development Officer at the Cumberland FA, via [email protected] or 01900 872310.