Northern Ireland’s refereeing fraternity is in mourning after the death of its most highly esteemed members.
George Hyndes, a well known referee during the 1980s, has passed away after a long illness.
Portadown-man Hyndes was a former FIFA referee, officiating in numerous club and international games across Europe during his career.
At home his highlight came when he took charge of the 1987 Irish Cup final between Glentoran and Larne, when the Glens won the trophy for the third year in a row.
“George was one of those referees who had an incredible knack of getting through games with the minimum of fuss and without being noticed,” said Alan Snoddy, the Irish FA’s head of referee development.
“He always managed to stay in the background and that reflected his personality as well.
“I worked with George at many games and travelled abroad with him on a few occasions as well, which were always very enjoyable.
“It’s only in the last five or six years that he has moved away from the refereeing scene.
“After retirement he became an assessor. I know he, like all of us who take on that role, took pleasure from seeing referees develop through the levels.”
George is survived by his wife Olive, daughter Gail and son Steven, who played Irish League football with Armagh City, Glenavon and Crusaders.