Sporting Spirit

Pulborough receiving the 2015-16 Sporting Spirit Trophy from Jason Leonard

Due to the abrupt end to the 2019-20 season there were a large number of unplayed games in Sussex. That fact plus a very low response rate from Sussex Referees and an administative problem with Sussex first teams who play in the Southeast Federation (levels 6,7 and 8) being left out of the SS scheme – it was decided that we could not award the SS trophy for this season

For a number of years the Society has made a presentation to the club considered to be the most welcoming to visiting referees, presenting their club in an organised manner on match days whilst extending a sporting welcome to their opponents both on and off the field. Referees mark clubs against set criteria and these results are collated. This has become a sought after trophy for clubs. The winning Club is presented with the trophy at the Society’s Annual Dinner in November.

2019-19 season results

The results for the 2018-2019 season were compiled from 507 Sporting Spirit returns (down from 568 last season) from 53 referees.

Congratulations to Crowborough who retain the Trophy. Second is Rye who were 5th last year and in third place is Midhurst (6th last year). A very good result for University of Sussex in 4th

Chris Wise and Neal Hyett swopped places as most prolific reporters. Chris with 44 to Neal’s 41. In third was Simon Milner on 21 and Christopher Rivet on 19.

Thank you to all the referees who filed returns for last season. Below is the complete listing for all clubs (please note that these are averages and do not add up to 100)