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On Friday, 12 September the pupils and staff of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Edlington welcomed Howard Webb to their school. The world famous referee shared how he went from being a boy in Rotherham with a passion for football to taking charge of Champions League and World Cup Finals, as well as having a career in the Police.

Howard’s story was truly inspirational and the children relished the opportunity to ask him about his favourite footballer and what Alex Ferguson was really like.

As well as sharing his recent experiences in Brazil, Howard brought along the now famous vanishing spray which referees use to mark out where the wall should be during free kicks, his red and yellow cards and World Cup Medal!

Pupils from St Mary's with the World Cup Medal

Pupils from St Mary’s with the World Cup Medal

The icing on the cake came when Howard agreed to referee some of the children out on the school field during playtime. Sixteen a side, jumpers versus t-shirts, and no marked out pitch is probably not what Howard was used to but he controlled the game brilliantly.  The children loved it with one Year 6 pupil telling us, “That was the best day of my life!”

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The school’s Headteacher, Mr Thorpe said, “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Howard to our school. He was an inspiration to both pupils and staff.  Having a World Cup Referee on our school field taking charge of a game was something our children will never forget.”