A NESTON High School pupil has taken the unusual step of following her father into the unpredictable world of football refereeing.
Stephanie Booth, 14, from Raby Mere, is in her first year as a referee in the Eastham and Ellesmere Port junior leagues, while dad, Gary, is in his third.
Stephanie decided to get involved after watching her dad refereeing.
Gary said: 'I took the referees' course so I could educate myself and stay involved in the game after playing and managing. Stephanie saw me reffing and decided to give it a go.
'She is a good player herself and when her friend wanted to become a referee, she decided to do it too.
'She has enjoyed it from the start and taken it on from there, which has surprised me, to be honest.'
He added: 'Her very first game was a tough one and very difficult, but for a girl of 14 to get on with it despite that shows a lot of courage. I'm tremendously proud of her.
'It is definitely character building for Stephanie and she is learning a lot from it.'
But Gary is concerned about the verbal attacks on some referees from parents on the touch-line.
He said: 'No referee is spared from that and, as her dad, I am obviously not happy if people say anything.
'However, she has shown she is able to cope and I believe if she maintains her interest, she could go on in the sport to a higher level.
'We are going to try and arrange work experience for her with the FA next year because she is so keen.'