Mel Hobson received his FA 50 Year Long Service to Football Award last night at Middlesbrough FC from Ross Joyce, Referee Development Manager, at the County FA’s annual Cup Final Match Official Seminar.
Mel started his long service to the game as a player in 1965 after leaving school, playing for his work’s team, Hintons. Hintons were founding members of the Teesborough Football League. Mel later became the secretary and treasurer for Hintons.
Mel qualified as a referee in 1980 and still referees games to this day. He joined the North Riding County Referee Association (RA), having roles as a treasurer and executive committee member and helping support local referees for many years.
Mel also was appointed onto the Management Committee of the Teesborough Football League and acted as league secretary for 8 years, before the league sadly folded.
Since 2003, Mel has held joint memberships with both North Riding Country FA & Durham County FA.
Mel has served local grassroots football outstandingly well over the past 50 years.
Ross Joyce, Referee Development Manager at North Riding FA, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to present Mel his 50 Year Long Service to Football Award last night at Middlesbrough FC.
“Mel is a fine example of a real grassroots stalwart who’s passion, commitment and dedication is truly incredible. Mel is valued by us all more than he will ever know.
“Everybody at North Riding County FA, and his fellow refereeing colleagues, would like to record our sincere appreciation of his wonderful efforts on behalf of football and to offer our congratulations to Mel on his achievements.”