surrey - Previously, the referee was Nick Clark, now she goes through life as Lucy. And that may not matter if you are a taxi driver- that is Nick / Lucy- but perhaps if you are also a semi-professional referee.
And yet that is exactly what the 46-year-old referee wants to keep doing: flutes. And so Lucy Clark is the first transgender arbiter of the British Football Association to enter the books.
'I'm not afraid of the players,' said Lucy prior to the game she would lead; between the Queens Park Rangers and Parkwood Rangers women. 'I can show players yellow or red, but the spectators, who might be able to touch me. I just hope that the world will accept me as I am. '
Lucy is supported by her wife Avril. 'Lucy already went through her process when we married in 2010. In 2020, we will repeat our wedding vows if it is completely through its transition. '
The players of QPR and Parkwood Rangers had no problem with the transgender referee who barely needed to use her beloved pink whistle- a subtle reference to the fact that she had always felt like a woman. Lucy handed out a yellow card.
Also Parkwood's coach Harvey Goodhugh did not find it an issue: 'I did not even know and it does not matter. You have good and bad referees everywhere. '
And Lucy himself: 'It went fine. Was very nice. The players showed respect and it was a good, neat game. Also from the sidelines only good reactions. From you people will only know me as Lucy. '