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Best Ref Ever

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Ray the Referee
Photo: B.Fletcher
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Ray Fletcher(middle),Andy Butler(right)and i think the lad to the left is Dave Cross,this picture was taken i think in the early eighties.

Comment by: Tony Topping on 16th November 2007 at 22:19

Fantastic referee, quite rightly highly regarded. Much better than Bennett and Dowd etc who seem to have a dislike of Wigan Athletic!

Comment by: Dave Hill on 15th January 2008 at 21:54

the ref on the left im sure his name is melling

Comment by: allan taylor on 30th October 2008 at 20:34

the ref on the left is stephen melling

Comment by: darren on 23rd January 2009 at 13:27

dave cross is now a linesman in Premier league

Comment by: darren on 23rd January 2009 at 13:32

apologies Andy Butler is the premier league linesman (assistant referee)

Comment by: HARRY WOOD on 6th March 2009 at 17:15

YES RAY WAS A SUPER REF. BUT DON'T FORGET HE WAS ALSO AN EXCELLENT REFEREE,S INSTRUCTOR. HE NEW THE LAWS OF THE GAME BETTER THAN ANYONE, GREAT LAD.

Comment by: Phil Oakes on 5th January 2010 at 15:29

I fully agree the best ref I have known.

Comment by: Neil Ellison on 3rd January 2011 at 11:16

IT IS definitely Steven Melling he was one of my mates at Gidlow school better ref than footy player but great lad Ray was a terrier of football player played with him at goose green LC but I think Dave Smith was the best local ref

Comment by: thomas brookes on 19th January 2016 at 19:31

the ref in the middle was also a brilliant singer ,he used to gene Pitney songs with jimmy Gordon on piano in the railway pub on billinge rd

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