A football referee hung up his boots for the final time at the weekend after a 15-year career with Norfolk County FA.

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John Middleton, 64, from Hooks Hills Road, Sheringham, is emigrating to Mombasa, Kenya, to live with his wife and teenage son.

His final match was Wells Town FC v Acle United Reserves at Wells yesterday.

Both teams are in the Anglian Combination - Division 2 league and Wells won 2-0.

He did not give away any red or yellow cards and at the end the players clapped him off and gave him a bottle of Port.

After the match Mr Middleton said: “It was a brilliant day and a good game to go out on. When I came off the pitch and saw the players lined up I could have shed a tear.”

The lifelong Arsenal fan has officiated 857 games, been a referee at 668, given out 622 yellow cards and 127 red cards.

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