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Ady earns his Football League spurs

PUBLISHED: 11:40 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:24 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT'S top ranking referee was all smiles this week after receiving the top news that he'd been promoted to the Football League.

Ady Sannerude revealed he was "over the moon" with the latest step upwards in his career, which now means that for next season he will be eligible to be an assistant referee at division's one and two of the Football League, and become the man in the middle at Conference matches.

LOWESTOFT'S top ranking referee was all smiles this week after receiving the top news that he'd been promoted to the Football League.

Ady Sannerude revealed he was “over the moon” with the latest step upwards in his career, which now means that for next season he will be eligible to be an assistant referee at division's one and two of the Football League, and become the man in the middle at Conference matches.

“I was delighted when the letter arrived through the post,” he told The Journal.

His promotion comes after an excellent past season in refereeing in the U18 Academy Leagues and most recently officiating in the Puma Youth Alliance cup final between Colchester and Hull, while also running the line as an assistant referee in Conference games - which was highlighted by his first ever live appearance in a television game between Stevenage Borough and Exeter City in April.

Receiving his marks for the season, Sannerude was ranked 85th out of 458 referees by assessors, with his club mark equally high in registering 126th place.

This proved sufficient enough to give him promotion - to be the highest ranked referee in Lowestoft, amongst the highest in Norfolk and in the top four ranked officials in Suffolk.

Now Sannerude is busily building up his training regime as he prepares for a fitness test in July, which will then lead to pre-season games.

“I will have to wear a heart monitor and train four or five times a week until the season starts - when then I'll have to train twice a week and possibly have two games a week anywhere in the country,” he said.

“There is a lot involved and you have to have 110pc dedication as I've been out of Lowestoft for around 12 hours at matches before.”

“I have loads of congratulatory letters and e-mails, and the (Lowestoft Referees) branch have been very supportive as this is good for the town and good for Lowestoft.”

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