County Cups

County Cup finals - Match Officials Seminar

Durham FA held it’s Annual Match Officials County Cup Final Seminar on Thursday 22ND March 2018 at FA headquarters for all Referees who have been appointed to officiate in this season’s 10 County Cup Finals.

In attendance at the Seminar was Ken Clark (Chairperson of the Durham FA Referee’s Committee) John Morton (Durham FA Referee’s Committee), Terry Farley OBE, (County Cup Appointments Officer, Durham FA Referee’s Committee), Jeff Russell (Referee Development Officer) and Guest Speaker for the night Sebastian Stockbridge (Football League Referee).

Seb’s presentation for the night “Preparation For The Big Game” provided a lively nights entertainment for all, plenty of group teamwork sessions including a Laws of The Game Test, Duties of the 4th Official, and Kicks from the Penalty Mark to decide the result of a Match.

The County’s top game is the prestigious Durham Challenge Cup Final which will be played on Tuesday 10 April, kick off 7.15pm at The Hetton Centre, between Northern League Division 1 sides Consett AFC and Dunston UTS. Match Officials for the game will be John Matthews (Referee), James Bancroft and Karl Barron (Assistant Referees) and Adam Williamson (Reserve Referee).

Referee Development Officer Jeff Russell commented at the end of the night "the evening has been an excellent success giving all chosen officials the chance to meet up prior to their respective Cup Finals and appreciate their reward at being selected for their County Cup Final. There had been a total of 546 Referee Appointments plus 176 Assistant Referees in this year’s County cup Competitions and all players, officials, spectators are looking forward to some cracking games ahead.

Durham FA Company Secretary, John Topping added “The appointment to a County Cup final is a reward for an excellent season for the officials and I am sure they will play their part in what is the highlight of the season for them and the teams taking part”

Pictured with Ken, John and Sebastian are all of the officials in their team groups who were all able to attend the Seminar and the full list of cup final details are as follows:-

durham fa county cup finals - match officials


Trophy Cup Final

Referee: Andrew Kitchen
Assistant Referees: Paul Charnock & Matthew Webster
Fourth Official: Richard Rowe

Friday 30th March 2018
Gateshead Leam Rangers v Sunderland West End
Venue: Hetton Centre
Kick Off: 11:00am


Under's 18 Sunday Cup

Referee: John Davison
Assistant Referees: Jack Barrow & Keith Barnes
Fourth Official: Michael Crowe

Friday 6th April 2018
Durham United FC U18's v Hartlepool Pools U17's
Venue: Seaham Red Star FC
Kick Off: 7:00pm


Challenge Cup Final

Referee: John Matthews
Assistant Referees: James Bancroft & Karl Barron
Fourth Official: Adam Williamson

Tuesday 10th April 2018
Consett AFC v Dunston UTS
Venue: Hetton Centre
Kick Off: 7:15pm


Minor Cup Final

Referee: Kevin Patterson
Assistant Referees: Adam Yau & Ian Frostwick
Fourth Official: David Watson

Friday 13th April 2018
Stockton West End 'A' v Winlaton Vulcan
Venue: Hetton Centre
Kick Off: 7:00pm


U13's Cup Final

Referee: Liam Lacey
Assistant Referees: Ryan Abraham & Andrew McDonnell
Fourth Official: Thomas Ludlow

Friday 13th April 2018
Stockton Town FC Yellows v Sunderland Ryhope CW
Venue: Riverside Sports Complex, Chester Le Street
Kick Off: 6:15pm


Youth Cup Final

Referee: Sam Parnaby
Assistant Referees: Connor Kitson & Alex Ferriday
Fourth Official: Matthew Smith

Friday 20th April 2018
Darlington FC v Stockton Town OR Spennymoor Town
Venue: Newton Aycliffe FC
Kick Off: 7:00pm


U14's Cup Final

Referee: Liam Hardy
Assistant Referees: Oliver Hart & Jack Arrowsmith
Fourth Official: Daniel Hewitt

Friday 20th April 2018
S'land O'Brien Waste Recycling FC v S'land Improtech Elite
Venue: Riverside Sports Complex, Chester Le Street
Kick Off: 6:15pm


Women's Cup Final

Referee: Guy Campbell
Assistant Referees: Alan Breeze & Matthew Guffick
Fourth Official: Gavin Sloanes

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
CLS Town Ladies v N&S Ancients Ladies
Venue: Hetton Centre
Kick Off: 7:00pm


Sunday Cup Final

Referee: Jamie Cann
Assistant Referees: Mark Bell & Matthew Morton
Fourth Official: Matthew Cain

Sunday 6th May 2018
Dawdon Welfare Park v Greenside
Venue: Hetton Centre
Kick Off: 11:00am

Youth Minor

Youth Minor Cup Final

Referee: Luke Collins
Assistant Referee: Daniel Van Hymus & Jake Hutchinson
Fourth Official: Iain Anderson

Friday 11th May 2018
Lumley FC Juniors v Stockton Town FC
Venue: Riverside Sports Complex, Chester Le Street
Kick Off: 6:30pm