- Former leading referee mourned
- Cotterill’s funeral date arranged
Ron Cotterill, one of England’s leading referees of the 1960s and an international touch judge, has died in Shropshire aged 92 after a lengthy illness.
Mr Cotterill was president of the Staffordshire Referees’ Society at the time of his death having joined the Society at its inception in 1964.
Before that Staffordshire were part of North Midlands and it was as a member of the North Midlands Society that Mr Cotterill took charge of two matches on the Springboks tour of Britain in 1960, against North West Counties at Manchester and South West Counties at Camborne.
He was refereeing as a Staffordshire Society member when he took charge of the North West Counties’ victory over Australia in Manchester in 1966.
Mr Cotterill also took charge of Cheshire’s victory over Devon in the 1961 County Championship final at Birkenhead Park and established a reputation as a sympathetic referee who communicated well with players.
He took up refereeing at an early age after injury curtailed his playing career.
Mr Cotterill later became a successful and popular after-dinner speaker who was much in demand on the Midlands circuit.
Having served in the Army as an officer trainer during World War Two, Mr Cotterill settled in Shrewsbury where he became a successful estate agent.
His wife, Eileen, pre-deceased him. He leaves two sons and a daughter.
Ron Cotterill’s funeral will take place at Shrewsbury Crematorium on December 30.