ISSUE 12, January 2005

Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Jim Finney looks on as Jimmy Adamson of Burnley (right) tosses the coin at the start of the 1962 final watched by Tottenham's Danny Blanchflower
Jeff Winter has a few choice words for Millwall's Dennis Wise in last year's final against Manchester United

© Above: Central Press / Getty Images, Below: Simon Bellis / Reuters / Corbis

Man in the Middle

Football referees are very much the `man-in-the-middle' in more ways than one, coming in for widespread abuse, not just from spectators but even players and managers.
     In the modern game, referees have the added problems of having to deal with the so-called `professional foul' and attempts to deceive them by diving and trying to claim a penalty.
     And the increasing intrusion of television in to sport has left referees with the difficulty of having to take split-second decisions that can decide the outcome of matches, with millions of viewers having that decision right or wrong played back interminably.
     So, who would want to be a referee? Well, in the case of five Freemasons who were referees at the highest level, the pinnacle of each of their careers is that they have achieved the crowning ambition they took charge at an FA Cup Final. There are five known living FA Cup Final referees who are Masons:

Jeff Winter:
     2004: Manchester United 3, Millwall 0.
Peter Willis:
     1985: Manchester United 1, Everton 0.
George Courtney:
     1980: Arsenal 0, West Ham United 1.
Pat Partridge:
     1975: Fulham 0, West Ham United 2.
Jim Finney:
     1962: Tottenham 3, Burnley 1.

     Remarkably, when Pat Partridge moved to Durham, this meant that four of them are in that Province and two of them (Pat Partridge and Peter Willis) are both in Sportsman's Lodge No. 9440.
     The 1975 final, in which Pat Partridge took charge for the all-London final between West Ham and Fulham, also had an oddity because of a dispute with sponsors, Fulham's eleven took the field with blackened boots to hide a logo. Indeed, Pat is unlikely to forget the year he came into the Craft: "I well remember being initiated into Freemasonry it was 1966, the year England won the World Cup."
     Jeff Winter, whose Lodge meets at Stockton-on-Tees, had a memorable season in 2004 for more than just refereeing the F A Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff he famously `sent off' Manchester United manager Sir Alec Ferguson in United's 2-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle United.
     Ferguson was angered when Winter did not show the red card to Newcastle player Andy O'Brien for bringing down Ryan Giggs. As a result, Ferguson kicked the ball away in anger, and remonstrated with the referee before being sent to the stands. As a result, Ferguson was given a two-match touchline ban by the Football Association after he was found guilty of misconduct.
     Ferguson was again upset when Jeff Winter sent off Gary Neville for butting Manchester City's Steve McManaman after the United defender fell theatrically inside the penalty area. But such incidents are all part of a referee's lot in life.
     Jim Finney has clear memories of his big day at Wembley almost 43 years ago. He says the 1962 Final was a classic match. At the end of a Final the tradition is that the winning captain is given the match ball, and Spurs captain Danny Blanchflower gave it to Jim as a souvenir.

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