Howard Webb to ref first ever Buckingham Palace match

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Premier League referee Howard Webb has been appointed as the man to take charge of the first ever football match to be played at Buckingham Palace, reports the Daily Mail

Webb, who has refereed in both the World Cup final and Champions League final before, will be the man in the middle as Southern Amateur League sides Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC take to the field on Monday 7 October. 

The match has been organised by Prince William as part of the Football Association's 150th year anniversary celebrations and will honour 400,000 football volunteers. 

Webb said: "I’ve been lucky enough to referee some of the biggest games in football but to oversee a match at Buckingham Palace will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"It’s also an honour to be involved in an event that celebrates the volunteers within football who give up their time so that millions of people can enjoy the nation’s favourite game."

The Queen, who named Webb on her MBE honours list in 2011 for his services to the sport, has given special dispensation for the match to take place. 

Wembley groundsman Tony Stones has begun work to create the football pitch in the 40-acre garden.

Webb is widely considered to be one of the most well-respected referees in world football, and has an excellent resume of high-profile matches stretching back over the last few years.

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