FA CUP – Match Official Review

The FA Challenge Cup brings back great memories for me having refereed the 100th Final between Manchester City v Liverpool in 1981. I was also senior linesman in the 1979 Cup Final between Arsenal v Manchester United So I have reviewed a number of games providing...
Referees do you use the tools of our trade?

Referees do you use the tools of our trade?

Referees do you use the tools of our trade? I have lead many workshops both here and overseas in my refereeing career and continue to do so. The one thing I have learned is that many referees forget the basic skills of  COMMUNICATION. If used in a smart and...
The Battle of Old Trafford

The Battle of Old Trafford

THE BATTLE OF OLD TRAFFORD THE HOME OF MANCHESTER UNITED Over the years in many interviews, I have had to discuss a game that I officiated between Manchester United and Arsenal. On 20 October 1990, in front of 47,000 spectators in a Football League Division, One game...
Advice on dealing with Mass Confrontation

Advice on dealing with Mass Confrontation

Whatever level of game you are officiating you can be taken by surprise at some point in your career with a mass confrontation incident. Judging the temperature and the behaviour of players in a game is obviously part of your role and appropriate intervention on free...