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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As was the tradition, as referee he had to go to the FA offices on the day of the match and pick three balls for the game from several placed in a room for him to make his choice.
     He recalls being presented to the Queen and Prince Philip.
     When Philip heard Jim was from Hereford he said "I was there last week", to which Jim replied: "I know Sir you were at the Bulmer's cider factory."
     Jim recalls one of the better memories of soccer that his final was one in which there were no bookings and neither side had to send a trainer on for an injury at any time during the match.
     He was also in charge of the Bobby Moore testimonial match, and the former England captain gave everyone involved a lighter in the shape of the FA Cup one of Jim's prized possessions.
     Jim Finney was also the only referee to abandon a home international Scotland v Austria at Hampden Park in 1963 because, says Jim, the Austrians "were bringing the game into disrepute" including one of the team spitting at him.
     Another notable "first" for one of the five fell to Peter Willis, whose Lodge meets at Willington. During the 1985 Manchester United-Everton match, Peter had the distinction of being the only referee ever to send a player off in an F A Cup final, when he sent United's Kevin Moran off. Peter recalls: "We were into extra time, and having sent a player off I thought, hell, we have a replay next week. Then Norman Whiteside scored one of the best goals ever in a final. The sending off spoilt it all and I would rather it hadn't happened. But to me it was straightforward. It happened and you make a judgment and act accordingly."

Peter Willis surrounded by Manchester United players as he sends off Kevin Moran in the 1985 final against Everton

Pat Partridge prepares to start the all-London 1975 final between Fulham and West Ham

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     When the last final had been played at the old Wembley Stadium, Peter was sent a photo of the sending off (it is reproduced in this article).
     George Courtney was in charge at the all-London derby when West Ham scored the only goal of the match to beat Arsenal in 1980. He recalls: "It was not a quality match. It was an extremely hot day around 90 degrees and the heat sapped the energy of the players."
     However, the match does remain in his memory for incident. "West Ham's Paul Allen was brought down by Arsenal's centre-half Willie Young and I gave him a yellow card. Today it would be a sending off. However, the incident began the debate about the professional foul."
     He adds: "I have often been asked if I was nervous. The answer is that you only get to referee the Cup Final once, and I had been a referee for 18 years. It is a bit like the Craft you take a step when you are ready.
     A Wembley final, he says, is a "great occasion" and he was introduced to the guest of honour, the Duchess of Kent.
     Now Director of Community Projects at Premiership side Middlesbrough, he still referees for youngsters.
     Jeff Winter, last year's final referee, commented: "The final was the last professional game of my career and throughout my 25 years as a referee I thought I had experienced most events, but the atmosphere and the stadium were something else."
     He added that having been a fourth official at the 198889 final he thought he would have been aware of the very big match occasion, but Cardiff's new Millennium Stadium "was like one I have never experienced before."
     He said: "It was difficult for the players to hear you such was noise and the atmosphere. I have always believed the game was about the players and not referees, and I was able to bow out without controversy.
     "Other than a mild occurrence where Dennis Wise tried to take control of the match briefly, I felt that the game passed without incident and there was only one yellow card. People left the game talking about the match rather than the referee, and that's the way it should be."
     No doubt when the new Wembley Stadium is complete more Masons will be taking charge of FA Cup Finals. They will probably come from Durham, too.

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