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Albert so honoured.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON Head of News

VETERAN whistler Albert Rennison has been honoured by the Huddersfield FA.

The 68-year-old referee, who has been officiating for 40 years, was awarded the Mamie Howden Trophy.

Rennison, who lives in Barnsley, has been a man in the middle in Huddersfield leagues for 20 years and still officiates at up to four games each weekend.

He received his award from FA president Laurie Platt.

Rennison said: "I'm really honoured. Huddersfield certainly looks after its grass-roots football".

The Mamie Howden Trophy was donated by the late football stalwart George Howden in memory of his wife, and is given to the longest-serving active referee with the best marks based upon the number of matches taken.

Rennison will often officiate on a Saturday morning in a Church League match in Sheffield and then travels to Huddersfield for an open-age fixture.

Sunday morning he is back in Huddersfield refereeing a Kirklees Sunday League game.

And in the afternoon, he takes charge in the Huddersfield RCD Junior League.

As he wryly states: "It's the recipe for a perfect marriage, but I enjoy it and intend to carry on as long as I can."


| TOP MAN: FA president Laurie Platt (left) presents the Mamie Howden Trophy to referee Albert Rennison
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2012
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