Society AGM – Follow Up

The North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees (NMSRFR) held its Annual General Meeting at Tally Ho on Wednesday 11th April 2018, and as promised, it was different.

As well as the formal voting around election of officers, there was much discussion around members’ views on the way forward.

These have been summarised in the document below, which you can download and view.

Attendees at the AGM summary FULL DOCUMENT (Word doc download)

The society needs views from all its members, and regardless of whether you attended, if you want to comment please do so now. You can:

Contact the Society Using this Form

Comment in our Facebook Group

or contact Kelvin Roberts via email or call 07871 686 855.

NMSRFR Survey 2018

Ahead of our Annual General Meeting to be held in April, your feedback will help us plan improvements to the society for the 2018/19 season.

Ken Pattinson

Sadly, one of our former members – Ken Pattinson, an ex International Referee -has passed away.

Dave Thomas has pulled together information on his career in refereeing.


Ken started refereeing for the North Midlands Society in 1964, after playing for four years at Dudley Kingswinford RFC.

In 1973 he refereed his first Five Nations game, France v Scotland. Unfortunately Ken pulled a muscle during the game and sensibly came off. Had a slight ” hiccup” in the reverse fixture the next year when he ruled that a player holding the ball upright for a kick at goal, because of the wind, was offside and awarded a scrum !!!

There are numerous references of Ken in the books “Roars from the back of the Bus” and “Captains back of the bus”. Mention is made by many famous players of instances where Ken has been involved. One instance refers to a game between Ireland v Wales and the Welsh are being rather roughly  treated by the Irish players! At one stage the Welsh captain complains about being penalised yet agian and pointed to three of his players lying injured on the ground. Ken then calls BOTH captains to tell them to calm down, this did not go down well with the Welsh players.

Later years saw Ken acting as a “Citing Commissioner” for the IRB (now World Rugby ). I remember seeing him at a junior International at Sixways and he was complaining that he had recently been in South West Ireland for a Junior International on a Friday night and had to be in Dublin the next day for a Senior International (what a hard life!)

Ken was always a strong supporter of the North Midlands Referees Society, regularly attending monthly meetings. At times quite strong discussions between Ken and Laurie Prideaux, our other International referee, took place. He was also a trustee of Telford Hornets RFC and a past President of the Shropshire RFU.

Mike Vaughan appointed as Safeguarding Officer

Mike Vaughan has been appointed as the North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees Safeguarding Offer.

The Society has also released its Safeguarding Policy which can be accessed via the Policies and Procedures page.

Society members are often in a position of trust with regards to Under 18s and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility whether acting as a referee, advisor, assessor, or coach.

If any Society member has further questions, they should contact Mike Vaughan –