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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New titles

Got me a few new – old – titles again! This time there’s a definite German overtone… Markus Merk & Oliver Trust: BeWEGEnd: Merk & More (2005)   And it even came with a complimentary yellow card:  Then there’s this title: Schiedsrichter im Fussball by Carl Koppehel (2nd edition, 1955) The last German title is […]

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More new books

I’ve received a few more books over the past few days. Here they are: You Are The Ref: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to the Laws of Football by Paul Trevillion and Keith Hackett (2010) Diary of a New Referee by Fez Barnard (2012) and the 1942 Dutch version of the Laws of the Game: De […]

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More additions

The following two books also joined my collection recently: Livewire Investigates… Being a Referee and: Athletiek en Voetbal by Pim Mulier This is now the oldest book in my collection, as it dates back to 1896!

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Latest acquisitions

Here are the latest acquisitions I got in the mail recently: You Are The Ref 3 by Paul Trevillion (artwork) and Keith Hackett (text) The Referee’s a W*nker by Chris Turner Referees’ Chart and Players’ Guide to the Laws of Association Football 1974-1975 And last but not least: Added Time by Mark Halsey I’ve just started reading Mark […]

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Oh, Ref! – Pat Partridge

Brief outline On 31 October 2014, Pat Partridge, 81 years of age, passed away. His career in English and international top football spanned a period between 1966 and 1981, during which the Northerner with the impressive sideburns and easy-going, talkative manner lived through an age of remarkable changes, to which he added a few himself. […]

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