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Re: I spy old refs
« Reply #30 on: Fri 29 Nov 2019 12:25 »
Are we getting our RAF personnel and/or Baxters confused ( I probably am ) Upton tells of a WO J J Baxter who was on the Football League Referees' List from1956 to 1959. That fits in with the date of the Asia Cup but we know that this photographed Baxter did not serve on the Football League Referees' List and if J J Baxter retired in his late 40s in 1959 that would make him well over a hundred if alive now. Not impossible but unlikely. Perhaps it is W J Baxter, of whom olddeagle writes.  Strange that there were two Baxters in the RAF refereeing at quite senior level. Perhaps they were related.

I do enjoy these little puzzles about referees of yesteryear. It is so much better than working !   
Both Baxters were on the Southern League refs and FL linesmen's lists,  but only JJ made it to the FL refs list, while stationed at Bassingbourn near Royston (Herts). They both turn up a lot in programmes of the 50s but also both moved around a lot while in the RAF and may well have been confused with each other. I don't know if they were related.  Whoever the ref in the HK photo might be, if he was in the Asia Cup in 1956 he will be pretty elderly now.