“[…] Noel Bynoe gave years of excellent service to the local game as a referee and his performances and experience were rewarded with a number of high profile appointments during this time.
“Bynoe officiated at the 1999 Fifa Under-17 Men’s World Cup in New Zealand [and] was also appointed to the 1999 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship in Jamaica and the 2002 Concacaf Gold Cup…”
The following press statement on the passing of former top flight referee Noel Bynoe was issued by the TTFA Media:
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association extends sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Noel Bynoe following the passing of the former Fifa referee. He passed away on Friday in New York.
Bynoe, born 15 January 1962, was a respectable and reputable referee from Canaan, Tobago who officiated at several Fifa International matches, Concacaf World Cup qualifiers and Champions Cup matches. For several years, he officiated in many high profile domestic matches at the Pro League and Super League club level as well as the Secondary Schools Football League.
He gave years of excellent service to the local game as a referee and his performances and experience were rewarded with a number of high profile appointments during this time.
Bynoe officiated at the 1999 Fifa Under-17 Men’s World Cup in New Zealand—the first Fifa World Cup to be held in the Pacific Islands. He took charge of Spain’s 6-0 win over Thailand.
Bynoe was also appointed to the 1999 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship in Jamaica and the 2002 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Also in 1999 he carried the whistle in the final of the inaugural Concacaf Giants Cup between USA’s DC United and Club America of Mexico. That tournament served as a qualifier for the Concacaf Clubs Cup—an eight-team, single-elimination tournament that would determine the confederation’s entrant in the 2003 Fifa Club World Championship.
In 2001, Bynoe was also among the personalities who assisted in the draw for the Fifa Under-17 Men’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago alongside the likes of Brian Lara, Hasely Crawford, former netballer Lystra Lewis, ex-T&T footballer Reynold Carrington and former Miss World Giselle Laronde-West.
Bynoe was honoured by the TTFA for his contribution to the game in 2008 during an event attended by then Fifa president Sepp Blatter and again in 2017 during a visit to by current president Gianni Infantino.
He was named the T&T Pro League’s Referee of the Year in 2000 while he was named Tobago Referee of the Year on a few occasions. He was also a national referees instructor and assessor, a head refereeing instructor in Tobago, and a SSFL Match Commissioner.
His legacy will continue to be felt across the local refereeing community and we remember him for his sterling contribution and commitment and as a loyal and dedicated servant to the game.