THE Reading Referees Association’s Fair Play Award, which was first awarded in 1966, to recognise fair play and sporting behaviour was won this year by Datchet Village football club, who played their first season in the Thames Valley League, writes Dick Sawdon-Smith.

The decision is made by monitoring the disciplinary conduct including the number of red and yellow cards received by clubs’ players.

Datchet Village were also winners of Division Four of the league and the Berkshire Trophy Centre Junior Cup, showing playing fairly is no deterrent to being successful.

Meanwhile, referees in local football find it of great assistance to have a volunteer club assistant referees, who are reliable, fair and professional.

To acknowledge this, the Reading Referees Association make an award annually to the club assistant who has received the best marks from its referees.

This year’s winner of the award, which has been in existence since 1933 – as club linesman award – was Mark Forbes of Loxwood Park Rangers.

The club, managed by Jason Harris, play in Division One of the Reading Sunday League at Laurel Park, Lower Earley.