It's with great pleasure that we can confirm Wiltshire Referee Simon Hooper as been promoted to the PGMOL Select Group 1 which means he will be refereeing in the Premier League next season.
This is fantastic news for Simon who has been regularly seen on TV doing top Skybet Championship games in the Football League for the last few years. Wiltshire FA Referee Development Officer, Kevin Small spoke to Simon after hearing the news. He was elated and said "its been one hell of a fantastic week; first refereeing the League One play off at Wembley, then the promotion news and now I've been told that I have been selected by the PGMOL to visit Australia during summer".
Simon, from Swindon, was trained by the Wiltshire FA and refereed on the Wiltshire Premier Supply League before moving onto contributory football and subsequently the Football League. He joins two ther Wiltshire Referees, Lee Probert and Roger East, on teh Select Group 1 list, which is a tremendous achievement for a County FA the size of Wiltshire.
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