Wiltshire FA referee, Adam Nunn, has been appointed as assistant referee for the Heads Up FA Cup Final being held this weekend between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Adam is joining referee, Anthony Taylor from Cheshire FA, at Wembley for the showcase event kicking off at 17.30 on Saturday 1st August.
Adam began his refereeing career in 1999, at the age of just 14, when he was still playing for Trowbridge Town Youth. Thanking the club for putting him through his refereeing courses Adam said, “The support from Trowbridge Town was fantastic. As I progressed through the refereeing ladder, I had to make the difficult decision to quit playing to focus on being a referee. From stopping playing in 2006 my refereeing career moved quickly, by 2009 I progressed to the Football League, moving on to the Premier League in 2014. In 2015 I went full-time as an Assistant Referee and I was promoted to FIFA International list in 2016.”
Referees play a vital role in football at all levels, they hold the responsibility for enforcing the rules of the game, so it is played fairly for both teams.
Mark Young, Football Development Manager at Wiltshire FA said, “Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football and there are opportunities for everyone, with strong development pathways.
It is great to hear about Adam’s success and progression and it’s fantastic news that he has been appointed as assistant referee for the match on Saturday.”
The Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will see the two London teams, Arsenal and Chelsea, going head to head for the third time in this competition.
The event will be hosted behind closed doors and fans are encouraged to support the teams safely from home.
Adam comments, “I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed to the FA Cup Final this year. It’s the biggest domestic honour and the game I’ve dreamed of being involved in since I first set out on my refereeing journey.
Being behind closed doors will feel strange, the atmosphere will be totally different with no spectators in the stadium. It also means that no family or friends can attend either. I’d love to have people there to share the special occasion with me, but they will be watching and supporting from home.
I am looking forward to tomorrow, it’s an extremely proud moment for me and I feel like all the hard work and sacrifices I have made over the years have paid off.”
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