Referee Pat a Down man with a foot in Armagh

Referee Pat a Down man with a foot in Armagh

Referee Pat McDade with with the ladies' captains from Eire Og and St Patrick's.

Eugene Creaney

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One of Ulster's longest serving referees, Magheralin man Pat McDade, has spent the past 20 years officiating in both his native County Down and in Armagh.

Pat, who dabbled in professional soccer in his younger days as a goalkeeper, was instrumental in the formation of Mid Ulster League side Port Vale in the 80's - a club which evolved into modern side Derryhirk United.

Pictured with the ladies' captains from Eire Og and St Patrick's on Saturday night, he said, "Refereeing is always a challenge, especially when you are covering two counties, but I am still covering the ground which is always a bonus." 

The no-nonsense whistler was a past chairman with St Michael's, Magheralin.

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