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Now football is officially a family affair

PUBLISHED: 16:17 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

A FATHER and his two sons will make a football match a family affair when they all officiate at the game.

A FATHER and his two sons will make a football match a family affair when they all officiate at the game.

Darren Rudd, of Princes Road, Dartford, will be refereeing at Thamesmead FC's home game against Welling today with his sons Josh and Scott as linesmen.

The football-mad trio will be joined by Mr Rudd's father-in-law Harry Chapman at the match, who will represent the family in the stands.

Josh, 17, who goes to the Leigh Technology Academy with his younger brother Scott, 14, said: "My dad has refereed for a few years so I got into it and now my brother's into it too. I expected I would work with my dad at some point, but to do it with my brother too is just bizarre!

"My dad was semi-pro and my brother plays and though I'm no good at football, I enjoy it, so refereeing seemed a good way into it.

"It does tend to dominate the conversation at home, which winds our mum up a bit. We all get a bit of stick - it comes with the territory - but I think people have more respect for what we do now.

"It's a part-time job really and it beats working at a shop.

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