#WFARefs at Wembley!
Worcestershire FA is delighted to confirm the appointment of two match officials to the 2017 Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.
Neil Radford has been appointed as an assistant referee for the showpiece match and he will be joined by Chris Husband as the reserve assistant referee.
The match takes place on Sunday 2nd April with kick-off at 2:30pm as Coventry City meet Oxford United live on Sky Sports.
Speaking about the prestigious appointment, Chris reflected: "To be appointed to a match at Wembley is beyond all of my wildest dreams. Working as part of a team including Neil - in his last season on the Football League - makes it extra special. For me personally, it will be a great occasion to share with my wife and family. The amazing support and congratulations we have received in the last few days shows what a great community referees are - thank you."
Neil also explained the initial feelings he had: "To receive the phone call asking me to officiate was an amazing surprise. My first thought went out to my late dad, Gerald, who spent so many hours inspiring and supporting me from the start in all weathers but won’t be there to share the day. However, I am sure he will be looking down through the Wembley arch with pride and enjoying the occasion with my mum Iris, wife Teresa, two children Chloe and Jodie and other family members all in attendance as well as fellow colleagues from Worcestershire. Every young person who loves football has a dream to get to Wembley as a player, coach or referee and it really is a dream come true. I'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me throughout my career and the large number of people who have already been in contact to say well done."
Neil Radford (L) and Chris Husband
WFA Referee Workforce Manager, Ollie Williams said: "First and foremost everyone at Worcestershire FA is incredibly proud to have Neil and Chris affiliated to the county. They are worthy recipients of this brilliant appointment and they uphold a strong tradition of WFA referees officiating at Wembley. We hope that the match goes smoothly for them and that the next Neil or Chris is inspired to take up the whistle on the back of this excellent appointment."
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