Ossett ref Bobby Madley returns to his roots by swapping Premier League for Northern Counties action

RETURNING TO HIS ROOTS: Bobby Madley.
RETURNING TO HIS ROOTS: Bobby Madley.
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Ossett referee Bobby Madley swapped the Premier League for the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) when he returned to his roots last weekend.

The 27-year-old is part of this season’s Select Group of Referees in the Premier League but he took advantage of a Saturday away from top-flight action to take charge of the NCEL Division 1 match between Shaw Lane Aquaforce and Pontefract Collieries.

Madley, who began officiating in the NCEL before his rapid rise to the one of the biggest leagues in world football, had a free Saturday owing to him being Fourth Official in Sunday’s game between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road, watched by almost 27,000 and televised on Sky.

The match at Shaw Lane drew just 183 spectators and finished 1-1, with Madley awarding the visitors a 36th-minute penalty which was dispatched by Brenton Leister. Ashley Flynn levelled for the Division One leaders early in the second period.

The NCEL said: “The NCEL would like to thank Bobby for stepping in to help and wish him all the best for the rest of the Premier League campaign.”

This weekend sees the Premier League take a break for international matches but Madley will be in-line for a return to top-flight action when domestic fixtures return.