Alan Dennison’s Funeral Wed 24 January 2024 at 10am

Following the sad news of Alan’s death in early January, we can announce that funeral arrangements have now been made

Lol Cussons Award recipient Alan Dennison

Alan Dennison receiving the first Lol Cussons award from Chairman John Ledgeway and Lol’s son Dave on 11 Feb 2011


Wednesday 24 January 2024


at St Paulinas RC Church

Monkton Road, York, Yo31 9AX


Invitations afterwards at New Earswick Bowls Club, York, YO32


Alan’s wife, Patricia, would be delighted if Alan can have a good send off

All are welcome

Inaugural FA Referee Recognition Awards – 2023

FA Referee Awards at Club Wembley – 5 June 2023

The National FA asked for nominations for 12 prestigious awards and David King was nominated for a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to refereeing

This award is for someone in the refereeing community who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, administration and servicing of officiating and who has made a career-long contribution to refereeing, creating a legacy of improved outcomes for individuals, communities, and the wider population

Along with many others he travelled to Wembley on the 5 June (his birthday) with his wife, Yvonne

At the dinner on the evening David was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement” Award from the FA….to his surprise; a day not to be forgotten

David was very humbled by this tremendous award for over 50 years service to refereeing including mentoring, observing, tutoring, coaching, etc and still continues today

York RA Annual Dinner

19 May 2023

At Delta Marriott Hotel, York

Guests Howard Webb and Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb

Over 60 members / guests attended the annual dinner and were treated to a great event

The annual awards were made to the FA Cup officials (Sophie Wood was present to accept her Junior Cup tankard from Bibi)

The Chairman’s Trophy and the Lol Cussons Award both went to Conor Ledgeway for his work during the season….he eve had the audacity to win the “Numbers Board” first prize

There were also important awards from the National RA presented by John Wilson:

York RA were awarded the Silver Quest (accepted by the President)

Ian Hotchkies received his RA 50 year Award

Ian was then presented with his Life Membership of the National RA

Both awards to Ian were well deserved for over 40 years as York RA Secretary

On top of this York RA presented Ian with an appreciation of his time as Secretary…..being replaced by Conor, as agreed at the recent AGM

A brilliant evening with guests Howard and Bibi sharing their careers with everyone

…………………..another very successful year for York RA

York RA awarded the Silver Quest Award

19 May 2023 at the Delta Marriott Hotel 

National RA member John Wilson presented our President,  Ian Hotchkies, with the Silver Quest, having already been awarded the Bronze Award in 2014

This was primarily thanks to the efforts of Conor and Barry for putting the details together for the submission

It shows that the Association is going in the right direction since COVID times and all that brought

Well done to everyone involved

York RA Annual Dinner 20 May 2022

Annual Dinner Event

Date: Friday 20 May 2022 starting 1930 hrs

Venue: York Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, YORK

Guests: Andy and Bobby Madley…..The Madley Brothers

Tickets: £25* cost price (subsidised)……£5 supplement for Beef*

Menu: Choices for starter, main course and desserts….see flyer below

York RA Dinner flyer 2022

You can chose your options and send payment to John Ledgeway, Treasurer or pay directly into the York RA bank account

50 Year FA Award for our President / Secretary

Ian Hotchkies honoured by the FA for his services


At the November meeting Ian was presented with his 50 Year FA Award by the Chairman

This was well deserved for his time in local football………played with Cliftonville, Secretary / President of York RA, former Secretary of NRCRA, former Chairman of the York Minor League, etc.


Many congratulations Ian from all at York RA….a genuine Sterling award

If You Care Share

Information you may find useful……from the RA

A night with the Elite: In collaborationwith Give To Local – Refereeing Webinar 15th April 6PM-8PM

A young referee from Durham has arranged the below and attached event. I would be grateful if you could distribute to your membership and include the below bullet points in the email (please note that the bullet points are taken directly from Joe Blackbourne’s email, who is the organiser of the event).

The event has some outstanding guest speakers and is supporting the If U Care Share Charity.


  • We have partnered with a North East charity, “If U Care Share”, which focuses on suicide prevention.
  • The webinar will take place on Thursday 15th April 2021, between 6 PM and 8PM.
  • It is free for people to watch/participate in. To register, all you have to do is follow this link:
  • Any questions which people would like to ask guest speakers can be submitted through this link:
  • To raise money for If U Care Share, we are doing a raffle at the end of the webinar, including a 1-night B&B in a 5* studio apartment in Manchester and a VIP drinks package at Leila Lily’s 212. To enter this raffle, what we are asking is for a minimum £5 donation to our donation page, making sure a full name is left on the donation message so we can contact the winner post-webinar. The link being:

York RA Annual Dinner

Friday, 22 May 2020

at York Marriott Hotel

This annual celebration of refereeing in York and District, with guest Andy Madley, PGMOL Premiership and FIFA Refere