Paul honoured to be selected to referee cup final

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Blyth-based postman Paul Keogh will take charge of Wednesday night’s Northumberland Senior Cup final between Whitley Bay and Ashington at St James’ Park.

And for the 40-year old, who works for the Royal Mail, it is a prestigious honour.

Keogh, who took up the whistle 12 years ago with a game in the Morpeth Sunday League, began officiating a year later on Saturday afternoons as an assistant, running the line in the Northern Alliance League.

He progressed into the Northern League as a referee in the second division and later moved into the top flight.

He paid tribute to Syd Johnson from the Morpeth Sunday League as well as the Ashington branch of the Referees’ Association for offering assistance as he moved through the ranks.

He said: “It is very prestigious to represent the Northumberland County Football Association in the final and I feel honoured to get the appointment.

“However, I will be treating it like any other game.”

Stuart Kyle and Martin Docherty will be the assistants on the night with Dean Hulme as the fourth official. Kick-off is 7pm.