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There’s a football game with a difference on Tyneside tomorrow.

The Northumberland County Referees Association take on their Durham counterparts in a match at John Spence High School in North Shields (ko 11am).

Last year they met in a match at the Nissan Sports Complex and they’re hoping the game becomes an annual event. They’ll be playing for the Peter Ramsey Memorial Trophy, named after a colleague who died in a road traffic accident.

Northumberland secretary David Martin said: “It’s a fun day for our members. We meet each other quite regularly and it’s a great opportunity to play a game before the season starts.”

Northumberland referee Dean Hulme has the unenviable job of officiating the game. “I just hope there won’t be many yellow or red cards!” added David.

Entry is free.