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Re: Final Games
« Reply #30 on: Fri 26 Apr 2019 08:46 »
Yes, Philip Don was aware that it would be his final domestic match.  As a head teacher it would have been difficult to continue to justify having a few days away from school for a few days here and there for each appointment in Europe.  He also would have had a month away at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #31 on: Fri 26 Apr 2019 12:10 »
Talking (LF) of unscheduled departures, I was reminded of Tony Cox leaving the list after being pelted with coins at the end of a particularly troublesome game at Carrow Road. The game ended 0-0 and was (I recall) played midweek, and the only game that fits the profile in the latter stages of the 1979/80 season (Tony's last season on the list) was Norwich v Middlesbrough which was played on Wednesday 27th February 1980. I guess therefore that this was Tony's final game as a FL referee.

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Re: Final Games
« Reply #32 on: Fri 26 Apr 2019 14:35 »
Another final match:

Gwyn Owen - Wolves v West Ham, 15.5.1982.

I'm not sure if Mr. Owen is still with us but if he is his 85th birthday would have been recently (17 April). It's a sobering thought that all those referees who retired in the 1980s would now be in their late seventies and eighties while many who retired in the 1970s would now be in their nineties. I wonder if any referees who reached retirement age in the 1960s are still around? I suspect there may be one or two and that at least one former FL referee has reached his century.

Not only is George Courtney around, he is still refereeing! A wonderful man who I have had the pleasure of meeting several times.
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #33 on: Fri 26 Apr 2019 20:31 »
Talking (LF) of unscheduled departures, I was reminded of Tony Cox leaving the list after being pelted with coins at the end of a particularly troublesome game at Carrow Road. The game ended 0-0 and was (I recall) played midweek, and the only game that fits the profile in the latter stages of the 1979/80 season (Tony's last season on the list) was Norwich v Middlesbrough which was played on Wednesday 27th February 1980. I guess therefore that this was Tony's final game as a FL referee.

Tony Cox's final game was Portsmouth v Port Vale on 21.12.1979. His previous match was at Carrow Road for a game against Villa which featured a penalty for Norwich and a sending-off for each team so that might be the game you're remembering. A few weeks later (12.1.1980, Hereford v Walsall) came the final game for another referee - Frank Phipps - who had joined the list just a few months earlier but the circumstances of his departure, scheduled or otherwise, I don't know.
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #34 on: Fri 31 May 2019 19:53 »
Thank you to all who contributed to my list of Final Games for Referees on the PL & FL from 1946 to the present. I have incorporated the amendments and added Roger East to the list, with more to follow I suspect, and the final list is set out below. I will retain the database and update it as and when we receive notification of any other retirements. bmb - could you please paste the list as with the Playoff Final refs, thank you.


                          Referees Final Games – 1946 to 2019

1946-79 (as per Upton’s, RTR contributors and memories)

K Aston – Man Utd v Leicester (at Wembley), May 1963
C Barrick, Man Utd v Blackpool (at Wembley), Apr 1948
F Bassett – Walsall v Halifax, May 1973
J Bent – Wolves v Aston Villa, May 1978 (lined the FA Cup Final later the same week)
N Burtenshaw – Derby v Everton, Apr 1973
L Callaghan – Aston Villa v Reading, May 1971
R Capey – Preston v Portsmouth, May 1977
J Carr – WBA v Liverpool (6th round 2nd replay at Maine Road, Manchester), Apr 1968
J Clarke – Man Utd v Sunderland, May 1968
J Clough – Nottingham Forest v Luton (at Wembley), May 1959
A Cox – Portsmouth v Port Vale, Dec 1979
R Crabb – Watford v Southport, Apr 1978
A Dimond – Leeds, 1970
E Garner – York v Reading, May 1977
H Hackney – Wrexham v Mansfield, May 1977
L Hayes – Peterborough v Walsall, May 1977
G Hill – Brentford v Doncaster, Apr 1975
A Holland – West Ham v Preston (at Wembley), May 1964
K Howley – Tottenham v Arsenal, May 1971
V James – Walsall v Port Vale, April 1974
E Jennings – Chelsea v Leeds (at Old Trafford), Apr 1970
R Johnson – Leeds v Leicester, Nov 1971
W Johnson – Liverpool v Man City, May 1978
A W Jones – Chesterfield v Brighton, May 1977
G Jones – Darlington v Hartlepool, Apr 1972
R Kirkpatrick – Bolton v Spurs, May 1979
A Lees – Aston Villa v Chelsea, Apr 1978
K Markham – Watford v Plymouth, Apr 1969
R Matthewson – Man Utd v Liverpool (at Wembley), May 1977
G McCabe – Man City v Leicester (at Wembley), Apr 1969
D Nippard – Ipswich v Arsenal (at Wembley), May 1978
F Phipps – Hereford v Walsall, January 1980
D W Smith – Man Utd v Man City, Apr 1974
J Taylor – Arsenal v Middlesbrough, May 1977
R Tinkler – Oldham v WBA, Apr 1976
D Turner – Ipswich, March/ Apr 1979
P Walters – Ipswich v Derby, Apr 1976

1980 to present (Upton’s, Soccerbase, World Football, Transfermarkt, RTR contributors and other websites plus memories)

P Alcock – Norwich v Stockport, Apr 2002
G Aplin – Aston Villa v Chelsea, May 1991
P Armstrong – Darlington v Rochdale, May 2008
G Ashby – Arsenal v Everton, May 1998
N Ashley – Halifax v Rochdale, Aug 1987
J Ashworth – Crystal Palace v Man Utd, May 1991
D Axcell – Millwall v Bristol Rovers, May 1993
M Bailey – Stoke v Man City, May 1998
S Baines – Bradford City v Portsmouth, May 2003
J Ball – Wrexham v Stockport, May 1986
G Barber – Bolton v Fulham, May 2004
K Barratt – Oldham v West Ham, Apr 1994
N Barry – Bolton v Everton, May 2005
A Bates – Chesterfield v Exeter, Apr 2013
R Beeby – Wolves v Doncaster, May 2009
S Bennett – Aston Villa v Blackburn, May 2010
C Berry – Oxford v Cambridge, Apr 2015
M Bodenham – Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa, May 1998
R Booth – Stevenage v Accrington, May 2011
I Borrett – Chelsea v Coventry, May 1994
M Brandwood – Preston v Nottingham Forest, April 2002
M Brown – Hartlepool v Doncaster, May 2017
S Bratt – Port Vale v Sheffield Utd, Apr 2014
A Buksh – Nottingham Forest v Man City, Feb 1993
M Bull – Sheffield United v Scunthorpe, May 2016
T Bune, Wigan v Brentford, June 1985
L Burden – Chelsea v Norwich, May 1985
K Burge – Man Utd v Aston Villa, May 1999
W Burns – Blackpool v Hartlepool, May 2001
A Butler – Coventry v Crystal Palace, May 2004
L Cable – Chesterfield v MK Dons, Sept 2004
G Cain – Stoke v Gillingham, May 2004
R Chadwick – Derby v Fulham, May 1983
A Challinor – Liverpool v Coventry, May 1984
R Clark – Mansfield v Crewe, Apr 2018
M Clattenburg – WBA v Leicester, Apr 2017
K (Keith) Cooper – Blackburn v Arsenal, Apr 1996
M Cooper – Cardiff v Wimbledon, May 2004
M Cotton – Swansea v Lincoln, May 1987
B Coddington – Darlington v Exeter, May 1999
G Courtney – Blackburn v Leicester (at Wembley), May 1992
M Cowburn – Shrewsbury v Lincoln, Sept 2006
D Crick – Watford v Reading, May 2004
A Crickmore – Bristol Rovers v Millwall, May 1984
P Crossley – Leeds v Burnley, Apr 2011
B Curson – Plymouth v Ipswich, Apr 2006
P Danson – Wigan v QPR, Apr 2005
D Deadman – Luton v Blackpool, May 2017
R Desmond – Mansfield v Bristol Rovers, Dec 2005
L Dilkes – Coventry v Derby, May 1997
P Don – Blackburn v Newcastle, May 1995
S Dorr – Rushden v Notts County, Feb 2006
P Dowd – WBA v Southampton, Feb 2015
S Dunn – Ipswich v West Ham, May 2005
P Durkin - Arsenal v Leicester, May 2004
A D’Urso – Preston v Chesterfield, May 2015
R East – Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth, May 2019
D Elleray – Newcastle v Birmingham, May 2003
E Evans – Wrexham v Brentford, May 2005
K Evans – Aldershot v Rotherham, Apr 2011
C Finch – Peterborough v Leyton Orient, Sept 1997
M Fletcher – Southampton v Leicester, Apr 2006
P Foakes – Bolton v Reading (at Wembley), May 1995
D Foster – Bristol Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday, Apr 2011
C Foy – Man City v Southampton, May 2015
D Frampton – Norwich v Oldham, May 1994
G Frankland – Macclesfield v Barnsley, Sept 2002
R Furnandiz – Rochdale v Rushden, Apr 2002
D Gallagher – Liverpool v Charlton, May 2007
P Gibbs - Yeovil v Leyton Orient, May 2016
R Gifford – Plymouth v Hartlepool, May 1996
F Graham – Notts County v Carlisle, May 2016
A Grey – Man Utd v Brighton (at Wembley), May 1983
A Gunn – Tottenham v QPR, May 1994
R Guy – Man Utd v Astoon Villa, May 1987
K Hackett – Man Utd v Liverpool, March 1994
A Hall – Shrewsbury v Torquay, Oct 2010
M Halsey – Man City v Norwich, May 2013
R Hamer – Portsmouth v Grimsby, May 1993
D Handley – Notts County v Luton, May 2018
R Harris – Peterborough v Bury, Apr 2002
M Haywood – Shrewsbury v Millwall, Apr 2017
D Hedges – Leicester v Sheffield United, May 1990
G Hegley – Ipswich v Watford, March 2011
T Heilbron – Ipswich v Barnsley (at Wembley), May 2000
I Hemley – Brighton v York, May 1996
I Hendricks – Watford v Oxford, May 1993
B Hill – Leeds v Crystal Palace, Apr 1993
K Hill – Leeds v Charlton, Apr 2016
T Holbrook – Everton v Southampton, May 1995
G Horwood – Peterborough v Fleetwood, Apr 2018
J Hough – Everton v QPR, May 1985
J Hunting – Everton v Watford (at Wembley), May 1984
J Ireland – Burnley v Cardiff, May 1988
M James – Bristol City v Brentford, May 1993
M Jones – WBA v Tottenham, May 2018
P Jones – Tottenham v Liverpool, Apr 2002
T Jones – Chesterfield v Port Vale, Oct 2001
W Jordan, Swindon v Wycombe, Apr 2002
P Joslin – Southampton v Sheffield United, May 2008
A Kaye – Crewe v Coventry, May 2005
J Kirkby – Bolton v Norwich, May 2000
B Knight – Barnsley v Plymouth, Aug 2007
D Laws – Crewe v Stockport, Oct 2001
G Laws – Shrewsbury v Bury, May 2009
K Leach – Tranmere v Crystal Palace, May 2000
A Leake – Sheffield Utd v Crystal Palace, Apr 2006
R Lee – Brighton v Hartlepool, Apr 2008
G Lewis – Shrewsbury v Lincoln, Apr 2006
S Lodge – Ipswich v Man City, May 2001
E Lomas – Bournemouth v Millwall, Dec 2000
K Lynch – Ipswich v Walsall, May 2000
R Madley – Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, May 2018
B Malone – Gillingham v Plymouth, May 2018
J Martin – Birmingham v Bradford City, May 1993
S Mathieson – Carlisle v Hartlepool, May 2015
D McDermid – Chesterfield v Brentford, May 2012
P Melin – Grimsby v Peterborough, Apr 2008
M Messias – WBA v Reading, Jan 2006
N Midgley – West Ham v Nottingham Forest, May 1992
N Miller – Blackpool v Luton, May 2017
P Miller – Oxford v Hartlepool, March 2015
R Milford - Leicester v Derby (at Wembley), May 1994
D Mohareb – Rochdale v Dagenham, Sept 2012
K Morton – West Ham v Blackburn, Apr 1995
M Naylor – Fleetwood v Burton (at Wembley), May 2014
R Nixon – Newcastle v Leicester, May 1993
C Oliver – Gillingham v Shrewsbury (at Wembley), May 2009
R Olivier – Macclesfield v Bristol Rovers, Apr 2007
G Owen – Wolves v West Ham, May 1982
T Parkes – Lincoln v Leyton Orient, Apr 2006
P Partridge – Nottingham Forest v Coventry, May 1981
R Pearson – Wigan v West Ham, May 2004
A Penn – Exeter v Notts County, Nov 2010
C Penton – Plymouth v Barnsley, May 2009
D Philips – Brentford v Stevenage, May 2014
M Pierce – Sunderland v Birmingham, May 1999
M Pike – Wolves v Plymouth, May 2008
G Poll – Derby v WBA (at Wembley), May 2007
P Prosser – Tranmere v Port Vale, Apr 2005
D Pugh – Sunderland v Crystal Palace, May 2004
P Quinn – Accrington v Carlisle, Sept 2011
E Read - Brighton v Sheffield United, May 1985 
K Redfern – Man City v Everton, May 1993
M Reed – Arsenal v Chelsea, May 2000
P Reeves – Cardiff v West Ham, May 1981
P Rejer – Derby v Ipswich, May 2003
U Rennie – Tottenham v Liverpool, May 2008
P Richards – Birmingham v Sheffield United, Apr 2002
M Riley – Fulham v Everton, May 2009
F Roberts – Coventry v Liverpool, May 1990
A (Alan) Robinson – Liverpool v Everton (at Wembley), May 1986
J P Robinson – Stoke v Norwich, Oct 2006
J Ross – Cambridge v Rochdale, Apr 2005
J Rushton – Huddersfield v Portsmouth, May 1996
S Rushton – Bury v Portsmouth, Apr 2014
M Russell – Blackpool v Huddersfield, May 2015
M Ryan – Hartlepool v Lincoln, Nov 2004
M Scott – Preston v Colchester, May 1987
C Seel – Sheffield Wednesday v QPR, May 1987
D Shadwell – Rochdale v York, Apr 1993
D Sheldrake – Walsall v Oldham, Apr 2015
R Shoebridge – Accrington v Barnet, Apr 2011
G Singh – Lincoln v Wycombe, May 1999
J Singh – Yeovil v Oldham, May 2010
F Stretton – Torquay v Kidderminster May 2004
R Styles – Chelsea v Blackburn, May 2009
G Sutton – Notts County v Crawley, Sept 2015
N Swarbrick – Tottenham v Newcastle, May 2018
S Tanner – Cardiff v Portsmouth, Jan 2012
M Taylor – West Ham v Everton, May 1985
P Taylor – Wycombe v Gillingham, May 2010
C Thomas – Stoke v Wolves, May 1984
M Thorpe – Coventry v Burnley, Oct 2008
S Tomlin – Wycombe v Rushden, Oct 2004
P Tyldesley – Man Utd v Man City, May 1991
P Walton – Everton v WBA, March 2012
M Warren – Rochdale v Oxford, Apr 2005
J Waugh – Shrewsbury v Dagenham, Apr 2012
H Webb – Hull City v Everton, May 2014
C Webster – Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe, May 2012
T West – Preston v Walsall, May 1997
C White – Tottenham v QPR (at Wembley), May 1982
A Wiley – Leicester v Cardiff, May 2010
C Wilkes – Grimsby v Brighton, May 2003
A Wilkie - Man Utd v Tottenham, May 2000
G Willard – West Ham v Middlesbrough, May 1999
I Williamson – AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth (at Wembley), May 2016
P Willis – Everton v Southampton, May 1986
J Winter – Man Utd v Millwall (at Cardiff), May 2004
E Wolstenholme – Millwall v Coventry, May 2003
J Worrall – Chelsea v Arsenal, May 1995 
K Wright – Rochdale v Gillingham, Apr 2016
                     










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Re: Final Games
« Reply #35 on: Tue 30 Jul 2019 15:03 »
I will remove Darren Handley from the 'final game' database after the weekend. More to follow??  ;D

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Re: Final Games
« Reply #36 on: Wed 31 Jul 2019 11:48 »
Additions to the 'final games' database, taken from the EFL website of refs for 2019/20:

L Collins, Swindon v Crewe, April 2019 (8 yellows)
M Heywood, Bury v Carlisle, Sept 2018 (6 yellows 1 red)

Source - Soccerbase.

I will leave Graham Horwood on the database unless / until he resumes refereeing on the Football League.


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Re: Final Games
« Reply #37 on: Wed 31 Jul 2019 14:46 »
Great research folks, well done. My contribution is unhelpfully vague but I have a distinct memory of reading a report of what was said to be the last match refereed by Harold Horner of Coventry when there was some kind of crowd trouble. But I can't remember where it was. Per Upton's this would have been in 1963/4. I've hunted all round the British Newspaper and Times archives to no avail. Does that jog anyone's memory?

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Re: Final Games
« Reply #38 on: Thu 01 Aug 2019 15:48 »
A Daily Mirror report mentioned crowd trouble at a Forest-Burnley game on 18 April 1964 (which Burnley won 3-1) culminating in some fans trying to attack referee Horner and his linesmen at the end. I'm not sure if that were his final match (the season ended the following weekend) but it wouldn't be surprising if he decided to call it a day after such an experience.
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #39 on: Thu 01 Aug 2019 17:23 »
Trelford Mills - Spurs v Southampton (May 1990). - about to put a separate post about Mr Mills on the ISOR forum
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #40 on: Fri 02 Aug 2019 10:12 »
Thanks Hendo, I'll add Trelford to the database and I have commented separately under ISOR.

Thanks LF - some interesting information about the end of a referee who I never came across. I'll add Harry Horner to the database and if anybody can confirm that he refereed after the Forest v Burnley game (? unlikely), I'll be happy to amend.
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #41 on: Sun 04 Aug 2019 20:25 »
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/football/news/gallery/look-huddersfield-towns-last-league-7065150

Mike Peck - Huddersfield v Blackpool (April 1994).

This was both Huddersfield's last ever league game at Leeds Road and Mike's final match before taking up his role with the FA which sadly didn't last long due to his conviction for theft and subsequent dismissal.

The above images are of the match, including fans getting commemorative pieces of the pitch and Mike blowing the final whistle in the 5th picture
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Re: Final Games
« Reply #42 on: Thu 08 Aug 2019 11:01 »
A Daily Mirror report mentioned crowd trouble at a Forest-Burnley game on 18 April 1964 (which Burnley won 3-1) culminating in some fans trying to attack referee Horner and his linesmen at the end. I'm not sure if that were his final match (the season ended the following weekend) but it wouldn't be surprising if he decided to call it a day after such an experience.

Thanks LF, I'm sure that's the incident I remember. We took the Daily Sketch not the Mirror in our house, so that would have been where I read it and I'm pretty sure the report said it was HH's last game-not that this is a guarantee of truth of course but it's quite likely.

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Re: Final Games
« Reply #43 on: Sat 10 Aug 2019 09:46 »
Thinking back to the old RTR, I read somewhere that Iorwerth Jones (of MOTD fame) refereed his final game at Exeter. Records show that Exeter played Cambridge on 26th April 1975. Can anyone confirm that this was his final game. Exeter's previous home game was v Newport, but I very much doubt that Iorwerth would have refereed a game involving a S Wales team.

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« Reply #44 on: Sat 10 Aug 2019 18:11 »
Thinking back to the old RTR, I read somewhere that Iorwerth Jones (of MOTD fame) refereed his final game at Exeter. Records show that Exeter played Cambridge on 26th April 1975. Can anyone confirm that this was his final game. Exeter's previous home game was v Newport, but I very much doubt that Iorwerth would have refereed a game involving a S Wales team.

Exeter-Cambridge was Iory Jones's final game. Another final game a couple of years earlier was Tottenham v Wolves for John Thacker (30.4.1973).