It was a very special day for Kris Hames on Sunday – not only did he referee his first ever live game on Sgorio, but his first child was born during the game!
According to the 25 year old referee from Hirwaun, “Ciera my partner and I were aware that Sunday was the due date but we did our research work and since only 5% of first babies arrive on the exact date, we decided that I should honour my commitment at Rhyl.
“Match officials have to switch our phones off an hour before kick-off and so when I turned it back on after Rhyl and Bangor had served up a great advert for the League, I found out that our son had arrived while I was on the pitch.
“As soon as I heard the news I drove down immediately to the hospital in Merthyr Tydfil to see Ciera and our baby. It was a crazy and fantastic day. One I will cherish and never forget.”
Kris’s father, Steve Hames, was also a referee in the Welsh Premier League – maybe the new son will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in years to come!
Hames showed five yellow cards during the highly entertaining game between Rhyl and Bangor, with the Lilywhites snatching victory with a hat-trick from Aaron Bowen in the second half.
On this day in 1966, Swansea Town played their first European match on home soil as Slavia Sofia visited the Vetch.