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Long service: Alan Snoddy is now mentoring young referees after his own extraordinary career. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Long service: Alan Snoddy is now mentoring young referees after his own extraordinary career. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Alan Snoddy receives his MBE from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle last month. Credit: Aaron Chown

Alan Snoddy receives his MBE from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle last month. Credit: Aaron Chown

Alan Snoddy in the thick of the action in an Irish Cup game between Portadown and Glentoran in 2003

Alan Snoddy in the thick of the action in an Irish Cup game between Portadown and Glentoran in 2003

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Long service: Alan Snoddy is now mentoring young referees after his own extraordinary career. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Referees are supposed to stay in the background. If they are unnoticed, they are doing a great job.

Players are the entertainers who soak up the adulation, though without officials there is no work for them to go to.


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