Play to the Whistle! – Jim Wiltshire

Outline Jim Wiltshire was the referee of the 1947 FA Cup Final. This appointment marked the end of a long career on the pitches of England, which career had been broken by World War II, as was the case for many in football at the time. Wiltshire’s account is interesting in that it started in […]

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The Referee’s a W*nker – Chris Turner

Brief outline A former professional player turned poet and song-writer, Chris Turner still frequents the stands at Southend United. The chants and rants he hears (and utters?) there have been the inspiration for a number of poems, one-liners and riddles/word puzzles, about 40 of which have been collected in this anthology, interspersed with plenty of […]

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Quiet?

It’s been quiet on the book front for me. That doesn’t mean nothing has happened, though. I’ll dilate upon that in a later post. Meanwhile, two more books have come my way. They are: Ward’s Soccerpedia. The Lore and Laws of the Beautiful Game, by Andrew Ward It really is an encyclopaedia of football, discussing […]

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Referees’ Charts

Who do you turn to when you need to know about the laws of association football? Pundits and commentators on the telly? Don’t make me laugh! Of course, you can always go online (or tweet me!). But the standard reference book for the Laws of the Game is the Referees’ Chart and Players’ Guide to […]

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How to Referee

If you’re reading this, chances are you are or at some point were an active referee. Have you ever stopped to think how easy it has been for you to become a ref? Regular courses, good instructors, mentors, plenty of books available, feedback at referees’ associations… You name it. Now imagine how that was in the […]

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Interview: Fox 40

This interview first appeared in a Dutch local referees’ magazine. It is reprinted here with permission.   How long have you been making whistles? Who are the founders? Ron Foxcroft, Founder & C.E.O., Fox 40 International Inc. Ron Foxcroft, the man behind the first pealess whistle, was recently named by Referee Magazine as one of […]

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Interview: Simon Topman

This is the English translation of an interview which first appeared in a Dutch local referees’ magazine, which explains references to other articles. It is reprinted here with permission.   As recounted in the article about the history of the referee whistle, the first one ever to be used in an official football match, was […]

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In the nick of time

I got a whole shelf full of books for young boys (and girls), recounting stories of friends overcoming adversity to set up a football club or, once in a football club, become heroes where they were once zeroes. Though the stories often feature referees, these books are not of much interest to my collection but […]

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One more then

Thanks to Stephen from @collectfootball, I can now add a fourth language to my ever-growing collection of refereeing publications. This one is a booklet from 1947, printed in what was then still the USSR: Futbol: Pravila Igry It’s small, but isn’t it so that the greatest things come in small packages? Oh, it deals with the […]

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Yet more new titles

Alright, the day after my last post two more titles arrived in the mail. And they’re somewhat special at that, as one is a history of a local English Referees’ Association and the other one is a refereeing guide from India! Here they are: From the Past to the Future: The History of Leamington and District […]

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