Wednesday 21 March 2018

Nolan appointed as referee for All-Ireland Minor football final


Referee Anthony Nolan with team captains Eoin Doyle of Kildare, left, and Stephen Cluxton
Referee Anthony Nolan with team captains Eoin Doyle of Kildare, left, and Stephen Cluxton

Wicklow's Anthony Nolan has been the handed the biggest officiating role of his refereeing career after being announced as the man in the middle for the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor football final between Kerry and Derry.

The Grangecon native has already taken charge of some huge games in his career including this year's Leinster final between Dublin and Kildare.

In this year's football championship, Anthony has refereed the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final replay between Roscommon and Mayo and Round 4A fixture between Galway and Donegal, Leinster Senior Football final between Dublin and Kildare and Round 1 qualifier between Laois and Longford, Connacht Senior Football Championship between Roscommon and Leitrim.

Also Anthony has refereed the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final between Louth and Tipperary.

His umpires on the day will be Damien Byrne (Kiltegan), Donal O'Keefe (Annacurra), Peter Case (Donard-The Glen) and Patrick Doyle (Rathnew).

Nolan is one of the most well respected referees on the club scene in Wicklow and the former Baltinglass Senior player is on the right track for perhaps one day taking charge of the All-Ireland Senior final.

Interestingly, this year's Senior final will be handled by Cavan's Joe McQuillan.

Anthony Nolan is somewhat fortunate to be able to take charge of this prestigous game.

A few weeks back he injured himself during a league game in Wicklow town but he has recovered and is fighting fit for the biggest and most high profile gig of his inter-county refereeing career.

The whole of Wicklow wishes the Rathnew resident all the best.

Wicklow People