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James Child reveals he once thought he “was going to be hit by a Super League coach”

We may all focus on the star players at Super League clubs like the big names at Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and St Helens but there is no game without referees.

Referees come in for a lot of stick but without them we wouldn’t have a sport at all and that is something we need to remember.

As mentioned, being an official is a thankless job and can come with some really scary moments as we saw at the play-off clash between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos last year.

That involved now retired official James Child who opened up on his experiences on BBC Radio Leeds revealing he once thought he was going to get hit by a Super League coach.

“There’s only been one occasion where I thought I was going to be hit and that was by a Super League coach at the time, who subsequently got fined for his comments that he made,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.

He went on to speak about other moments including when a Castleford Tigers fan ran onto the field.

“There’s been a few occasions where I had a woman, a Castleford fan, run on at Salford towards me at a scrum. I think she’d got that far onto the field but she was a little bit surprised that she’d got that far,” he said.

“She didn’t really know what to do but it was the first time I’d ever stood in the middle of a scrum and I didn’t really know what I was doing either, but I’ve had beer thrown over me at Salford and lots of other incidents, but I don’t think I’ve ever really feared for my safety.

“I mean, even in my last Super League game, actually, it was Catalan against Leeds, the play-off, and we were rained upon as we walked off the field. I guess, you know, it just didn’t come as a surprise particularly.

“I didn’t actually get hit. I don’t know whether my colleagues did. I can’t remember. I know the Sky team had to move into the middle of the field to avoid it. There was an investigation, I think, and there was repercussions for the club from that.

“I remember going there in the first season when Catalans came in and they used to put umbrellas over the tunnel to avoid the spit from landing on you as you walked off. So some things in life unfortunately don’t change.”

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