Harry honoured for services to football

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Football’s oldest referee has been handed a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For 55 years and more than 3,000 matches, Harry Hardy, from Ilkeston, has and still takes charge of matches in the Long Eaton League at the ripe old age of 87.

The honour, being presented for services to grassroots football, comes after he was awarded an Unsung Hero Award by the FA in October last year.


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