Kevin Morgan from Cardiff has been appointed as the referee for the 126th Welsh Cup Final between Bangor City and Prestatyn Town, which will also be his final match as a referee.
Morgan received the news two weeks ago from the FAW and said; "I am honoured and absolutely delighted to have been appointed to the Welsh Cup Final. It will be the perfect way to finish my career as a referee, it's fantastic news."
Morgan, who originates from Llanelli, is a former player who took up refereeing after injury curtailed his playing career younger than he had hoped, but it's an accident that actually worked out well for him.
"My only regret from football is that I didn't get injured earlier, which would have meant that I would have got into refereeing earlier;" said Morgan.
"I was playing for Porth Tywyn, ironically in the Welsh Cup, against Caerleon in 1996. I even remember the date, it was October 24th. I was badly injured and that was the end of my playing career so it's fitting that I should end my refereeing career in the same competition, I'm obviously very glad that this is on my terms though."
Guard of Honour at Morgan's final WPL match (Photo: Nik Mesney)
Morgan then took up refereeing in September 1998 and quickly made his way up to the top. He took charge of his first FAW Final in the Regions Cup at Ninian Park in May 2008, then the following season, he took charge of the FAW Trophy Final. He was also in the middle for the FAW Youth Cup Final at the Liberty Stadium in May 2010, meaning three National Finals in as many years.
He was then appointed as the referee for the inaugural Welsh Premier League Play-Off Final between Neath and Prestatyn at the Gnoll in May 2011, which he rates as his hardest game in the middle. "That play-off final was tough. There was so much riding on it for both clubs, with a first place in Europe for both clubs at stake and I remember that it was on edge."
Morgan refereed his final Welsh Premier League match at Connah's Quay last Saturday against Newtown and the players stood in a guard of honour for him.
Kevin will be assisted by Wrexham's Phil Roszkowski and Abergele's Gwyn Vaughan at the Final on Monday 6th May at the Racecourse in Wrexham. His 4th official will be Richard Harrington from Aberdare.
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