Halifax head to take charge of FA Cup final

Jon Moss, head teacher at Beech Hill School, Halifax with the FA Cup.

Jon Moss, head teacher at Beech Hill School, Halifax with the FA Cup.

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A headteacher from Halifax will swap the playground for the pitch when he referees this season’s FA Cup final.

Jon Moss, who works one day a week as executive head at Beech Hill School, Pellon Lane, has been a professional referee since 2011.

The match between Arsenal and Aston Villa takes place on Saturday, May 30, and Jon described the opportunity as the “realisation of a dream”.

Mr Moss, 44, said: “It’s a big honour and it should be a great day, it’s a hair standing up on the back of your arms kind of moment.

“Wembley is a special place, it’s iconic and a realisation of a dream to be involved.

“I was on my way back from school and on the way to the gym when I got a call asking me if I would mind refereeing this year’s FA Cup final.

“I had to pull over and take a few moments.”

Mr Moss qualified as a referee in 1988, and was made an official 11 years later before working his way up the Football League pyramid to the Select Group of referees in 2011.

Despite his role, he is still dedicated to his work at Beech Hill.

“It keeps you grounded, it can be a bubble and it’s important to have a reality check.”