Blackburn referee attacked in Argentina


Sunday, June 5 – 1938
Mr. Isaac Caswell, a member of Blackburn Town Council and a well-known football referee, was attacked last night during a train journey from La Plata to Buenos Aires, after officiating at a match in which the Estudiantes beat Huracan by two goals to nil.

Other passengers intervened to protect Mr. Caswell, but the assailants renewed their attempts later. Meanwhile the train had arrived at Buenos Aires and the police took the situation in hand.

Mr. Caswell is a Labour representative of Park Ward on the Blackburn Council, and was granted 12 months’ leave of absence last October so that he may go to the Argentine as official referee and coach for a year to the Argentine Football Association.

Many honours.
It was on the formation of the Third Division in 1923-24 that he was elected to the supplementary list of League referees. He was placed on the Football League’s supplementary list two years later, and after a further two years was promoted to the full list.

Several honours came his way. Among them were the control of the Scotland v Ireland amateur international match at Aberdeen in September, 1930; a linesman’s appointment for the England v Scotland match at Liverpool in 1925, and the control of several cup finals and semi-finals in Ireland.

Mr. Caswell also was a popular speaker at sportsmen’s services in the North-West.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 06-06-1938)

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