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Derek Nippard (Referee, Christchurch/Bournemouth)

 



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Former Football League referee Derek Nippard, from Christchurch, passed away on July 14 after a long illness, aged 86.

He took up refereeing in 1949 at the age of 19 and finally reached the Football League in 1963 serving as a linesman for three years and referee for 11 until retiring at the age of 47, his final game was the 1978 FA Cup Final in which Ipswich Town beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley where he famously did a lap of honour at the end of the game with his linesmen!

He maintained his interest in the local football scene and became a steward at Dean Court for the Cherries on home match days. He also served on the council of the Bournemouth Hayward Football League and the Bournemouth Divisional Football Association for more than 40 years.

His funeral will be held on August 1 at Bournemouth Creamatorium, commencing at 2pm.


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Bournemouth Echo (21st July)

Derek Nippard, who famously did a lap of honour after refereeing the F.A. Cup final, died on Friday 14th July 2017, aged 87, (later corrected to 86, see below) following a long illness.

Christchurch resident Derek took charge of the 1978 showpiece between Ipswich Town and Arsenal at Wembley.

After Roger Osborne's goal had settled the match in Ipswich's favour, Derek and his two linesmen embarked on a lap of honour around the stadium.

The Football Association subsequently issued a directive informing officials not to follow Derek's lead.

Derek passed his referee's exam in 1949, aged 19, and started officiating in local leagues.

He was promoted to the Football Combination, firstly as a linesman and then as a referee, before following a similar path when he moved up to the Football League.

Derek spent 11 years on the Football League list, bowing out following the F.A. Cup final.

He was a member of the Hampshire F.A. council for 26 years and also an honorary life member and a patron of the Bournemouth Hayward Football League.

Derek served on the council of the Bournemouth Hayward Football League and the Bournemouth Divisional Football Association for more than 40 years.

He also had an association with Bournemouth Football Club (the Poppies) and was a life vice president of Christchurch Football Club.

Derek received a special award from the Football Association and the Hampshire F.A. for 50 years' service to football.

His funeral is at 2p.m. on Tuesday 1st August at Bournemouth Crematorium.

Bournemouth Echo (28th July)

Former top level referee Derek Reginald George Nippard from Christchurch has died at the age of 86.

On leaving school at the age of 15 Derek started an apprenticeship with the Southern Gas Board at Bourne Valley, Branksome, and during his 40 years service worked his way up to become a District Service Officer in charge of 40 men.

He married Margaret in 1975 at Bournemouth Register Office and they set up home in Christchurch.

"Derek's passion for football began at an early age and whilst not being particularly good at playing he decided to become a referee, passing the referee examination in 1949 at the age of 19, and started his refereeing career in the Bournemouth Football Leagues," said Tony Hart, a friend of Derek's from 1966 when he joined the Referee Society.

He was also a qualified cricket umpire officiating in matches throughout the area.

In 1950 Derek joined the R.A.F. for his National Service and was posted to Liverpool during which time he contracted a serious illness and had to have one of his kidneys removed.

When Derek recovered he returned to Bournemouth.

"Derek was promoted through the referee grading system on to the Football Combination League and finally reached the Football League in 1963 serving as a linesman for three years and referee for eleven until retiring at the age of 47.

He officiated at many top games in all divisions of the Football League and his final game was the 1978 F.A. Cup final between Arsenal and Ipswich at Wembley where he famously did a lap of honour at the end of the game with his linesmen, Jim Bent and John Lydon.

"During his career Derek refereed matches in five different countries and achieved many football awards including 50 year service awards from the F.A. and the Referees' Association," said Tony.

After taking early retirement from the Gas Board, Derek joined the Social Services as a mini bus driver.

He maintained his interest in the local football scene and became a steward at Dean Court for the Cherries on home match days. He also served on the council of the Bournemouth Hayward Football League and the Bournemouth Divisional Football Association for more than 40 years.

Derek helped with Bournemouth Poppies F.C. and joined Christchurch F.C. becoming club chairman and then life vice president. He was also was a life president of the Hampshire F.A. and a past president of the Bournemouth Football Association.

He was a member of the Freemasons and was a past master of Horsa Lodge in Bournemouth.

Derek passed away on July 14th at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, brother John and sister in law Barbara Nippard.

His funeral will be held at 2p.m. on August 1st at Bournemouth Crematorium.


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