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Keys to Referee is based in Sheffield the true home of football. Sheffield FC the Worlds oldest football team was formed in 1857. The second oldest club in the world still plays at the Oldest Football Ground in the World
Keys to Referee is a team made of world-class referees, coaches and mentors with an ultimate aim and that’s to help anyone who needs help and support, this can be an individual referee with a single question to an entire Football Association wanted to build structure and development to the amazing game of football.
This amazing coming together of all these leading professionals with our two directors Sam Warnes and Ian Hargreaves who own and run EDLounge LTD, PE OFFICE Ltd and EDQuals Ltd who are leading EDTECH companies in the UK at the forefront of CPD, education, sport and development.
Both with Simon Hall and Keith Hackett have an aim and that’s to help everyone, this doesn’t just include the Elite referee, this wholeheartedly includes grassroots across the globe, and those needing advice and guidance when refereeing.
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Former Head of the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) Published author of 5 You are the Ref Books, Voted in the top 100 FIFA referees of all time. Former English Premier League Referee.
Keith worked as a referees’ assessor before, on 1 March 2004, he was appointed general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, replacing Philip Don.
Keith has also worked to promote knowledge of refereeing via several publications. He published his own book, Hackett’s Law; a Referee’s Notebook! in 1986. And he continued to provide the answers for cult classic cartoon quiz You Are The Ref, drawn by sports artist Paul Trevillion, which he has done since the 1970s – originally for Shoot magazine, and then for The Observer newspaper. He co-authored a book with Trevillion celebrating 50 years of the strip in December 2006. And from August 2008, The Observer’s collection of You Are The Ref strips appeared online at guardian.co.uk.
In early 2007, Keith also produced a DVD-ROM with Trevillion called Referee Academy, for use in the training of match officials, with sanction from the FA, the Football League and the Premier League.
FA Cup Final referee 1981
FA Charity Shield 1984
Euro Finals 1988
Olympic Games 1988
Former Premier League and FIFA Assistant referee, Currently Referee Mentor, Assessor, Coach
Andy Hogg is a former Premier League and FIFA Assistant Referee. His career in the professional game extended over 24 seasons, during which time he officiated in World Cup Qualifying matches, Champions League Games and two appearances at Wembley. Now in his 38th consecutive season as a referee, he still officiates grass-roots football and has a keen interest and involvement in the development of young referees.
Andy has considerable experience in the assessing, coaching and mentoring. Since his retirement from the professional game as an active referee, he has undertaken many different roles which are directly involved with referee development, which include:
- 2005 – 2014 National List Referee Assessor
Each of the above roles have given Andy the opportunity to assess, coach and mentor referees at every level, from FIFA to beginner, which has included providing guidance to referees from USA, Canada, New Zealand, Africa and Europe, as well as the UK.
As Referee Liaison Officer for the Youdan Trophy, Andy was responsible for the logistical arrangements for the 32 match officials from several countries, organising travel and accommodation, appointing to the matches and undertaking a pastoral role to the younger referees.
A graduate of De Montfort University (B.Sc. Mathematics), outside of football, Andy works as an IT Consultant and has recently qualified as a Gym Instructor and a Personal Trainer. He is also an After Dinner Speaker, plays recreational tennis and golf and represented Derbyshire at County Schoolboy level in Cricket.
Former FIFA Assistant Referee , Premier League, Europa League final Assistant referee, Coach, Assessor, Mentor
My refereeing career began in 1991 in the same way as most in England by taking charge of games on my local Sunday League.
After three seasons I had enjoyed successive promotions which had elevated me to The Conference League (now known as The National League) as an Assistant Referee.
In 1997 I progressed to The Football League as an Assistant Referee, and after one season was promoted again to The Premier League List of Assistant Referees. I was so proud as this was only the second time an Assistant Referee had been promoted to the Select Group after only one season at Football League level.
My refereeing career was also going well and by 1999 I had enjoyed a number of promotions meaning I was now a Referee for The Panel Leagues (Conference League. Premier and Football Leagues reserve teams)
1999 was a great season for me as I also enjoyed my first overseas appointment (Assistant Referee for a UEFA Champions League game at FC Porto v Molde FK) along with my inaugural match at the original Wembley Stadium (The FA Vase Final).
Two seasons later I was at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (as Wembley Stadium was being rebuilt) for the first of my three appearances as Assistant Referee for the Championship Play-Off Final (Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End).
2002 brought two more appearances at the Millennium Stadium as I ran the line in both the League Cup Final (Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers) and FA Cup Final (Arsenal v Chelsea).
That year ended really well for me with trips to Qatar for the Emir’s Cup Final (I was privileged to eventually cover this Final three times in my career) and to Spain for the Intertoto Cup Final (Villareal v Malaga).
The following season I was back in Cardiff for my second appearance at a Championship Play-Off Final (Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United), whilst 2004 saw my first appearance at a major international finals tournament as I represented my country as an Assistant Referee at EURO 2004 in Portugal.
In 2005 I ran the line at the UEFA Europa League Final in Lisbon (Sporting CP v CSKA Moscow) and The King’s Cup Final in Saudi Arabia after which came the pinnacle of my career, as in 2006 I was proud to be an Assistant Referee at the FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany.
Two seasons later I made my closing appearance at a major final and first at the new Wembley Stadium when I took the flag for my third Championship Play-Off (Hull City v Bristol City).
By the time I retired in 2012 I was privileged to have appeared at over 650 Premier League matches and 100 international appointments, which took me throughout Europe and as far afield as Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Qatar.
Former Premiership Referee , included in the first draft of premier league refereess, Mentor, Assessor, Coach
Roger became a Football League linesman in 1980 and reached the Referees List just three years later at the age of thirty four. In March 1988 he handled the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool. This would be a key match in any circumstances but took on far greater significance as Liverpool were aiming to set a (then) record of thirty matches unbeaten from the start of the season. Everton won 1-0, inflicting one of only two League defeats all season on Liverpool, who subsequently won the Title.
He continued to receive good appointments, many in the old First Division, as well as Lancashire derbies. He did not achieve FIFA status – he may have been unlucky in that only one vacancy occurred during his most eligible years. When more opportunities arose in 1992 he was then too old according to FIFA’s newly introduced age criteria.
Dilkes was nevertheless chosen as one of the first set of Premier League referees for the 1992–93 season, and he retained this position for the final five years of his career. This period also saw him handle his most senior Cup appointments. The pinnacle was a FA Cup semi-final in 1994 between Chelsea and Luton Town. Two years later he officiated in a League Cup semi-final second leg as Leeds United overcame Birmingham City. The following year he took charge of a FA Cup quarter-final between Sheffield Wednesday and Wimbledon before retiring at the end of the 1996-97 campaign.
Former FIFA Assistant Referee, Former Premier League Assistant, FA Instructor
Guy’s passion for refereeing began when he completed his basic training at the age of 19 in 1978.
By 1984 he was a Contributory League Assistant Referee, before promotion to the Contributory Referees List in 1987. He was selected for the National List of Assistant Referees for Season 1988/89.
He officiated on the National List of Assistant Referees for 19 seasons, including 9 seasons on the Premier League and was promoted to the F.I.F.A List of International Assistant Referees in January 2000. Achievements at the national level included officiating in the Women’s F.A Cup Final (1997); the Football League Division 1 Play-Off Final Charlton Athletic v Sunderland at Wembley (1998); the Football League Trophy Final Bournemouth v Grimsby at Wembley (1998).
On the international scene he officiated in 26 international appointments all over Europe, including a F.I.F.A World Cup qualifying game in Iceland in June 2001.
Whilst on the National List, Guy officiated at over 500 professional fixtures on the line, comprising of over 350 Football League games and more than 200 Premier League games including all the top London Derbies.
He also served on the National Panel List of Referees for 4 years until 2000.
Following his active career, Guy operated as an Assessor on the Football League for 4 Seasons until the end of Season 2011/12.
Guy obtained the status of FA Licensed Referee Instructor in 1982 and was active at all levels of referee instruction in the West of England.
During the past 40 years Guy has held numerous administrative positions within football, including: Fixtures and Appointments Secretary for the Taunton Saturday League; Secretary, Chairman, and Training Officer of the Taunton Referees Society. He was also co-opted as the National List Role Model on the Area Training Team for several years as well as being actively involved as a mentor to first year Assistant Referees on the National List from the West Country. More recently, Guy has worked as a Referee Consultant which has given him the opportunity to coach, mentor and develop several English officials as well as colleagues from the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe visiting football tournaments in this country.
Guy is currently Vice Chairman of Somerset Referees Committee and has been a Level 4 County Referee Coach for the last 5 years.
In his professional career, Guy was a civil servant for 39 years in the UK, many of them being a Senior Manager accountable for creating, setting up and delivering a series of practical training initiatives in the field of International Maritime Distress and Safety Communications around the world.
Business Development Manager at Keys to Football and Keys to Referee, President of Sheffield RA, Level 5 Referee, FA Observer , Mentor, former Women’s premier League referee.
Simon Loves his football and brings a real passion to grassroots and its development, not quite the biography of some of the team but an equal passion for the beautiful game. Simon also adds over a decade of knowledge working in schools head of pastoral and wanting to give everyone a chance.
His connection with EDTech and education is perfect with an IT background prior to working in schools, now he’s added these two to his love of football. It really can’t get much better than this. Simon is a qualified coach and spent many years coaching local teams for both his son and daughter and built a grassroots club from 1 team to 17 teams.
Simon’s son has gone on to be a level 5 referee and also plays semi-professionally and soon to return to the whistle, his daughter is a level 4 referee and the one of the first two female officials to reach this level in the city which is the home of football.
Simon can be found most weekends running around a field in Sheffield doing what he loves and when he’s not refereeing he’ll be watching one of his mentees.