Marcus Gayle

We are proud to officially announce Marcus Gayle as a KickOff@3 ambassador. He has been supporting us and our events for some time and has done us the honour of lending his name and vast experience to our work with young grassroots footballers.

Marcus began his professional career at Brentford on leaving school at 16, making over 230 appearances over 2 spells, divided by a period on loan.

In 1994 he signed for Wimbledon 1994 for whom he appeared 285 times, of which 204 were in the Premier League.

Marcus headed over the border to Glasgow Rangers in 2001 but only made 4 appearances before joining Watford, playing for the Hornets 115 times.

He also received the accolade of representing Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup appearing  a total of 18 times.

Marcus finished his playing career at AFC Wimbledon embarking upon a coaching role for the reserves over four seasons.

For the last 4 years he has worked with with "Kick It Out" delivering equality and diversity educational workshops all across the country to academy players, staff and parents. He is always available to mentor young people and support organisations like KickOff@3.

Since becoming our Ambassador, Marcus has been an enormous support to the young players at our tournaments, happy to engage, encourage and dispense both advice and awards. He has even donned the boots again for the KickOff@3 team in support of anti-knife crime charities. 

Trust me, he hasn't lost the skills.

 

Roger East

Roger has been a professional referee since the 2000 season and retired at the end of the 2018/19 season at the top of his game. His career began as assistant referee in the Football League, graduating to the Premier league in 2003. He added FIFA to his portfolio, acting as an assistant referee in Internationals between 2005 and 2007.

 

In 2007 The Football League promoted Roger to referee, he then spent the last seven years as Premier League referee. He was also honoured by being selected to represent England for a number of important national and international events, as listed below. He is sworn to secrecy regarding any contentious incidents on which he may have adjudicated over his 19 year career. Just don't ask!

 

We are pleased and proud that Roger has agreed to be a KickOff@3 Ambassador going forward. He has already proven his staunch support of our ethos having presided over several matches in two of our all day youth tournaments, gently, with encouragement and support, at Wiltshire and in the Finale in Bromley. Contrary to popular opinion referees can be charming and funny – Roger is certainly not averse to a little dance occasionally.

 

Career

2000-2003     Football League Assistant Referee

 

2003-2007     Premier League Assistant Referee

 

2005-2007     FIFA Assistant Referee

 

2007-2012     Football League Referee

 

2012-2019     Premier League Referee

 

Highlights

 

2004              FA Cup Final Assistant

 

2006              FA Community Shield Assistant

 

2006/7          UEFA u21 Final Assistant

 

2012             FA Vase Final Referee

 

2012             League 1 Playoff referee

 

2017             Championship Playoff Final 4th official

 

2017             FA Community Shield 4th Official