Friday, August 3 – 1945
Followers of Liverpool and Everton may remember Lieut. Victor Rae, R.N.V.R., a Londoner who refereed several senior matches here in the early years of the war – and a good ‘un he was, too. He later went to Iceland as Amenities Liaison Officer, and while there organised an amazing variety of sporting activities, including a football league. I have just had an interesting booklet from him in which the doings of the Royal Navy in Iceland are recounted. The manner in which they surmounted seemingly impossible difficulties in getting various games running just goes to prove once again that, where sport is concerned, the Britisher refuses to be discouraged at anything.
Victor tells me that the Icelandic FA hope to send a representative team over here this coming season. Maybe we might see them on Merseyside. Needless to say, he was much in demand as a referee, and had the distinction of handling their cup final. He is now back in London, where he was secretary of the Referees’ Society in pre-war days.
(Liverpool Echo, 03-08-1945)