Referee relishes national cup final experience

Peter Laing, left, with the rest of the refereeing team before the showpiece final.
Peter Laing, left, with the rest of the refereeing team before the showpiece final.

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Campbeltown-born Peter Laing marked another achievement in his football officiating career after being chosen to ‘run the line’ in a national cup final.

The referee, who lives in Lochgilphead, was delighted to be part of the officiating team for the Scottish Amateur Cup final last Wednesday, between the famous Drumchapel Amateurs and Glasgow opponents Tollcross, at the 52,000-capacity Hampden Park, Scotland’s national football stadium.

Peter Laing outside Glasgow's Hampden Park before the 2022 Scottish Amateur Cup final.
Peter Laing outside Glasgow’s Hampden Park before the 2022 Scottish Amateur Cup final.

Peter, an SFA-qualified referee since 2009, with experience officiating at both amateur and semi-professional level, said: ‘It was an exciting game, a 4-4 draw which went to penalties, with Tollcross winning.

‘It was a quieter game for me, though, with only one goal scored in my end of the pitch – and that was in extra time!’

And while his long-serving amateur football career as a player, with Tarbert, Lochgilphead Red Star and Campbeltown Boys AFCs, never took him to the hallowed turf of Hampden, he was beaming after being part of the Scottish amateur game’s biggest fixture.

‘It’s special to be chosen to take part in a Hampden cup final,’ he said, ‘It doesn’t happen very often for most officials so it was a great honour, and a really enjoyable experience.’