Enshrined : 2008
Fairfield Football Officials
Ray Longden's career as an official began in the
fall of 1947. A graduate of Fairfield Prep, where he
played football, he returned to the school as a JV
coach some time later. During his first game, "Tip"
Schaefer asked that he help on the lines during the
contest. As the saying goes, "The rest is history."
He joined the state officiating group based out of
New Haven and has continued to don the stripes for
more than 60 years. In 1958 he joined the officiating
staff of the Eastern College Athletic Conference,
and worked college games for 28 seasons. He
worked games in the Atlantic Coast Football League
as well in the heyday of semi-professional football.
He was a founder of the Fairfield County Football
Officials Association when the need for a regional
organization was felt. He was president of the state
board and president of the FCFOA. He has served
as legal counsel
For 52 years
Day, and was
first CIAC state
championship in 1976. He has worked 5 other state
In 2002 he was honored by the General Assembly
for his then-55 years of service to the youth of the
state. He also made the Guinness Book of World
Records as having officiating more than 2,000
games - more than any other official on record.