Dennis Belton 1933-2019.                                                   

Dennis has been one of the longest serving members of our Society, having joined on the 26th August 1965 and so has been a member for well over 50 years!

He started his love of rugby when he and his family were evacuated from London to Wales during the war. Later he was playing for Nuneaton when he was seriously injured. So when he and Mary moved to Glenfield he decided to try refereeing and joined the Leicestershire Society.

Since then Denis has been referee, Touch Judge, referee coach/mentor and has held the roles of Chairman, President and various other Committee roles. Dennis was prominent in the introduction of the first electronic appointments system EasyRef, which paved the way for our current system of appointing to games.

Dennis was a true gentleman and will be fondly remembered in the rugby circles of Leicestershire; a true stalwart of the Leicestershire Society of Rugby Union Referees

The Society provided a team of 3 for the final of the Midlands Intermediate Cup held at Kenilworth on Saturday 16th March.

The game was played in very windy conditions with Kenilworth beating Kidderminster Carolians 15-10 with Warwickshire providing the 4th Official Emma Sly.


The Society provided a team of 3 on Sunday 24th February for the U16 match between Leicestershire and NLD which ended in a 31-31 draw. 

Duncan Chandler, Allana Mclean and John Ryan were our officials on the day

Congratulations to George Richardson, who has been promoted to the National Panel of Referees. 
Congratulations also to Greg Garner who has been appointed as an Assistant Referee for the Varsity match taking place this afternoon. The match will be televised on BBC2 from 14.45 on Thursday 6th December. 
Testament to the hard work of George and Greg.


The Society has its Annual Dinner to be held at the home of Leicester Tigers on Friday 12th April 2019 

It is great value with £35 for members, a 4 course meal followed by our speaker who this year is the England international Maggie Alphonsi. 

To finish the evening we have the comedian John Stiles 

Full details are available on the poster shown below, please book your seats asap with John Haggart, details on the poster


Thanks to Andrew Forsythe for organising Avery successful curry night on Saturday 16the February.

The evening started with drinks at the Two Tailed Lion




in the centre of Leicester followed by a curry at Clowes in Portsmouth Road 

The picture below shows the merry referees


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