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Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)
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Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)

Born to John and Joan on 6th August 1916 in Aston, Birmingham.

John was knocked off his motorcycle by a car in October 1934 and lost a leg as a consequence. He was due 874 compensation from an insurance firm only to find that the company had gone bankrupt. Although his job was kept open for him the invalided John suffered depression in his reduced circumstances.

At a late evening Sunday meal in May 1935 John 52, wife Joan 50, and their children John 20, Leslie 18, Irene 16 were all present with Jean 4 already in bed. John Sr. left the table only to return with a bottle of petrol which he sprayed around the room shouting that he was going to kill them all.

The petrol ignited the fire which set Joan's clothes alight before she tried to escape the room but the door was blocked by her husband. Leslie tackled him and she escaped to the scullery to put out her clothes helped by Leslie. However John Sr. followed them and stabbed Joan in the neck before cutting his own throat.

John Jr. had escaped through the window with burns before trying to break down the front door, Irene also had burns whilst Leslie had knife cuts to his hands which were still bandaged when he gave evidence to the ensuing coroner's inquest in to the deaths of his parents.

Following this trauma Leslie joined the police as a patrolman in 1936, married in 1939 before enlisting in the Royal Navy as a chief petty officer in 1942. On demobilisation he returned to the beat. He became a Football League Linesman in 1950 and was promoted to police sergeant in 1954. Early in 1955 he moved to clerical duties at the Chief Constable's office and later that year became a Football League Referee.

Made a temporary police inspector in October 1958 his elevation was confirmed in February shortly after he had refereed the F.A. cup shock when Worcester City defeated Liverpool. In February 1961 he was stoned by irate Tranmere fans after he had turned down two penalty appeals in their match v Q.P.R. as Rovers strove to avoid relegation. They eventually went down by a point, plus an inferior goal average, so it turned out to be crucial.

Two months later he refereed Birmingham v Tottenham as the latter moved towards the double with Ian Wooldridge in his report of the match saying that he was a police referee who treated all 22 players as though they were convicted juvenile delinquents. Later that month he retired from the police upon completing 25 years service at the age of 44.

He then took up an administrative position with Cheshire Homes whilst continuing refereeing until reaching the 47 year old age limit in 1963.

Tirebuck retired to Scarborough where he died in 2005, aged 88

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Re: Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)
« Reply #1 on: Wed 10 Feb 2021 16:06 »
Interesting stuff here,John.Living and watching football in West Yorkshire at that time,it was difficult to see Halifax referees.However,there was one West Riding Cup game with Park Avenue[no idea who against]when Mr.Tirebuck sent off 'jock' Buchanan.I doubt if any spectator in the ground knew why-probably for bad language.Those cup games were treated seriously by the lower clubs and were surprisingly entertaining for us youthful supporters.
There has been earlier reference to LJ on ISOR-suggestions he had to retire early due to police matters.Maybe others could confirm?Noted for being a disciplinarian in an otherwise genial time.I can't remember anybody else being dismissed in the WR Cup,but no doubt there could be others to prove me wrong!
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Re: Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)
« Reply #2 on: Wed 10 Feb 2021 22:47 »
His retirement was announced in advance in early April of him leaving the police at the end of that month after 25 years service

I took it that he must have qualified for his police pension
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« Reply #3 on: Fri 12 Feb 2021 14:06 »
I well remember Mr Tirebuck's performance in the 1960 (I think) West Riding Senior Cup final between Bradford PA and Leeds United.  But leaving that aside, I am trying to find confirmation of my long-held belief that Mr Tirebuck has what will for ever remain a unique claim to fame. As some will remember, in 1960 it was agreed that as an experiment ITV would show a number of live first division fixtures on a Saturday evening. In the event, however, the experiment was rapidly deemed a failure and only one game was shown, this being the fixture on 10 September between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. I watched the game, and Mr Tirebuck's relatively unusual name and his absolutely unforgettable performance of a few months earlier having given him some prominence in my mind, it is my abiding memory that he was the referee on that occasion.
 
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« Reply #4 on: Sat 13 Feb 2021 15:13 »
I well remember Mr Tirebuck's performance in the 1960 (I think) West Riding Senior Cup final between Bradford PA and Leeds United.  But leaving that aside, I am trying to find confirmation of my long-held belief that Mr Tirebuck has what will for ever remain a unique claim to fame. As some will remember, in 1960 it was agreed that as an experiment ITV would show a number of live first division fixtures on a Saturday evening. In the event, however, the experiment was rapidly deemed a failure and only one game was shown, this being the fixture on 10 September between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. I watched the game, and Mr Tirebuck's relatively unusual name and his absolutely unforgettable performance of a few months earlier having given him some prominence in my mind, it is my abiding memory that he was the referee on that occasion.
 


I looked at The Times, via "The Times Digital Archive", of Monday 12 September 1960 for this game. There was actually little football coverage in this edition, probably because both the Tokyo Olympics and the county cricket season were reaching their respective climaxes.

Only two of Saturday's games were reported on, namely :-

Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - referee J G Williams of Nottingham

Everton 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - referee K Tuck of Chesterfield

The game between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers (0-1) was mentioned in a paragraph headed "Gates Fall", which looked at the decline in attendances at Football League matches. This included the sentence :-

"And as for the first league match - between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers - to be televised, part of the League's controversial effort to regain popularity, that too brought a decline of 6,000 on the average Blackpool crowd".
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Re: Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)
« Reply #5 on: Sat 13 Feb 2021 15:15 »
I well remember Mr Tirebuck's performance in the 1960 (I think) West Riding Senior Cup final between Bradford PA and Leeds United.  But leaving that aside, I am trying to find confirmation of my long-held belief that Mr Tirebuck has what will for ever remain a unique claim to fame. As some will remember, in 1960 it was agreed that as an experiment ITV would show a number of live first division fixtures on a Saturday evening. In the event, however, the experiment was rapidly deemed a failure and only one game was shown, this being the fixture on 10 September between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. I watched the game, and Mr Tirebuck's relatively unusual name and his absolutely unforgettable performance of a few months earlier having given him some prominence in my mind, it is my abiding memory that he was the referee on that occasion.
 


The Times of Saturday 10 September 1960 indicated that the Blackpool versus Bolton Wanderers game was to kick off at 6.50, whereas the day's other games all kicked off at either 3.00 or 3.15. The only mention of the evening kick off was :-

"Meanwhile the league squabble over the televising of matches simmers below the surface. The newest to join the rebels are Spurs, who have refused to allow their home match with Aston Villa on September 24 to be screened. However, the first league game to be televised - Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - will go ahead as arranged tonight".   

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Re: Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)
« Reply #6 on: Sat 13 Feb 2021 15:43 »
I have been unable to find the referee but found out that it was the first of 26 proposed matches with ITV in a 150,000 deal.

Bolton won with a 79th minute goal but Matthews dropped out beforehand and the attendance was down 41% on the previous season to 17K

Arsenal v Newcastle on 17th Sept & Tottenham v Aston Villa on 24th Sept both refused to allow the cameras in

and at F.L. E.G.M. at Lytham on 8th Nov the deal was cancelled with just the one match shown
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Re: Leslie James Tirebuck (1916-2005)
« Reply #7 on: Sat 13 Feb 2021 23:05 »
A couple of photos from the Worcester vs. Liverpool game:



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