AS A football referee, Raymond Hume is normally the man in the middle, the man in charge, the man with the whistle, writes John Slorance.
On Saturday, May 26, however, the well-respected Galashiels whistler takes on another role in what is going to be the pinnacle of his 12 years of officiating in the football scene.
Hume is going to be on the touchline with flag in hand in the final of the Scottish Amateur Cup, which sees the clash of Hurlford and Colville Park.
The cup final is the showcase of the season on the amateur front and it is a great honour for Hume to be an assistant referee on such a glittering occasion.
He is delighted no end about his appointment and told TheSouthern: “I am really chuffed to be running the line in the Scottish Amateur Cup final.
“It’s going to be the biggest thing that has ever happened to me in football.
“I believe I am only the second Border man to have been a linesman in the cup final. The other was Adam Hope from Gala, who did the job in the early 1970s.”
Hume began refereeing in the Border Amateur League in 1999.
He then had a spell in Edinburgh juvenile football before graduating to the senior ranks as a referee in East of Scotland footballing circles.
He has since returned to his roots in the Border Amateur League where he has made his mark as a highly-regarded official.
His forthcoming duties in the final are indeed well deserved.
Hume added: “It’s really nice to get recognised, not just for myself, but for the Border Amateur League as well, and I am really looking forward to the final.”
The game takes place at Livingston.