Fifty years in the game for top referee Stevens

Fifty years in the game for top referee Stevens

HONOUR: Brian Stevens with the teams before the kick-off Picture: Steve Richards

TOP MAN: Brian Stevens celebrated 50 years of whistleblowing last weekend

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Brian Stevens inthe thick of it for the 2,921st time

First published in Sport Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

FORMER Football referee Brian Stevens celebrated 50 years of whistleblowing last weekend.

The 73-year-old veteran man in black crossed the white line for a staggering 2,921st time to take charge of Charfield's Stroud League Division Two 2-1 defeat at home to Taverners Reserves on Saturday.

"It was a brilliant day," said Stevens, who refereed the likes of Alan Hansen and Paul Gascogine in a glittering officiating career.

"Unfortunately I had to send a player off, but before the game the players lined up and shook hands in my honour, which was a nice surprise.

"Steve Marshall (Stroud League secretary) asked me to sign a Stroud League ball each for both clubs."

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