Football community pays respects to Albert

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Scarborough's football community have paid their tributes to long-standing referee Albert Eadon, who passed away recently aged 88.

Eadon refereed in the Scarborough & District leagues for over 30 years and was still officiating well into his 80s.

A statement released by the Scarborough Saturday League said: “We would like to pass on our thoughts to Albert’s family, and our gratitude to a fantastic servant to the league stretching over three decades.

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“He was a character that will be sadly missed throughout local leagues and not just for his commitment to football.

“Albert was a gentleman and was very proud to have been made a vice president of the league when he finished his refereeing at 84.

“There will be very few who won’t have a memory of him refereeing their games, whether they agreed with his decisions or not.

“His commitment was second-to-none no matter what the weather or the game he was officiating, Albert would be there.

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“The league are looking at the prospect of having an annual referees award in his name as a mark of the respect we had for him.”

North Riding County FA referees development officer Ross Joyce was also quick to pay his tributes to a stalwart of the grassroots game.

“It’s sad to hear of Albert’s passing, he was a real servant to the Scarborough leagues,” said Joyce.

“It is a sad loss to the refereeing community.”

Sunday League chairman Mark Plumpton confirmed there will be a minute’s silence at games this weekend, also paying tribute to Eadon, saying: “The Sunday League’s member clubs will show their respects on Sunday to a man who will be missed on and off the field due to his enthusiasm and love for the game.”

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Long-standing Edgehill FC secretary Alec Coulson also added his tribute to stalwart Eadon, adding: “A sad loss of a great servant to grassroots football, he was one of a kind.”

Another former official, Steve Rowntree, was an admirer of Eadon’s commitment to the game and refereeing.

Rowntree added: “Obviously like all involved in local football, I was very sad to hear of Albert’s passing.

“Albert would always take up his duties in all weathers and I think he was 84 when he finally hung up his whistle, which is a great feat for anyone. He will be sadly missed by all.”

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