Last weekend, Mike Gaut's family and friends, Football Victoria and the whole footballing family lost a truly great servant of the game.
A refereeing legend and FV Life Member, Mike literally coached hundreds of referees to fantastic careers officiating the world game and he will be sorely missed.
A service to celebrate Mike Gaut's life will be held at The Le Pine Chapel, 848 Main Rd, Eltham on Friday, Nov 29th, 2019, at 10.00am.
One of Victoria's and Australia's top referees, Chris Bambridge, remembers Mike:
Mike's first game as a referee was June 3, 1964 .
Over the years, he achieved an excellent career as an Assistant Referee in the Philips League and National League.
Mike's first Philips League game in 1977 was a big derby - South Melbourne v Heidelberg - at the old Middle Park ground. Welcome to the big time!
His skill was recognised many times, officiating at numerous international matches and two National League Cup Finals.
Due to his distinguished appearance and greying temples, Mike was nicknamed "Clark Kent " or "Superman" by colleagues, players and spectators alike.
His famous head band, was his trademark.
In addition to a distinguished career, Mike organised the Mallacoota Cup Tournament for over 40 years.
When he retired, he became a doyen among referee Assessors, being influential in the careers of hundreds of match officials. This includes our current crop of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League officials, with his insightful but honest coaching methods always present.
Mike also served on the SRV Management Committee and on the original Victorian Soccer Federation Referees Committee.
Mike is a Life Member of FV for his contribution to Referees. Vale Mike Gaut.