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Lowestoft official Walchester relives 'unforgettable' experience at Wembley

PUBLISHED: 03:58 19 May 2017

Lowestoft  official Callum Walchester with fellow assistant referee Abi Marriott from Mildenhall. Picture: Suffolk FA

Lowestoft official Callum Walchester with fellow assistant referee Abi Marriott from Mildenhall. Picture: Suffolk FA

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Lowestoft official Callum Walchester has spoken of his unforgettable experience as an assistant referee at Wembley at the weekend.

Callum ran the line as Forest Green Rovers beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1 in the National League play-off final to earn promotion to the Football League before 18,801 fans.

The 24-year-old said: “For me the experience was unforgettable. It is something I have no doubt will stay with me long after my refereeing career has ended.

“I tried not to think about the occasion too much prior to the day as I wanted to prepare for it just like any other game, as ultimately I was there to do a job. But, now, when I look back and remember parts of the day, I am overwhelmed with emotion.

“The memory which will stay with me was post match when I walked up the steps to collect my medal.” Another Suffolk official, Abi Marriott from Mildenhall, was on the line at Saturday’s FA Women’s Cup Final.

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