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Title: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Mon 15 Apr 2019 14:13
I am minded that we have not had any activity on ISOR for over a month. I am also minded that 'tis the time of year when - in days of old - we would be looking to see where refs were officiating in their final games before retirement. I've had a go at devising a list of final games. It starts with the period 1946-79, as per Upton's, and covers domestic competitions as referees. Later internationals (eg Jack Taylor) have not been included nor non-competitive matches following retirement. Source - mainly from memory but but other sources, including ISOR, have also been used. As the list is mainly from memory, it is open to correction, amendment and addition which I welcome. Refs who died in service have been omitted. Period from 1980 onwards to follow shortly.

K Aston – Man Utd v Leicester (at Wembley), May 1963
C Barrick, Man Utd v Blackpool (at Wembley), Apr 1948
F Bassett – Cardiff v QPR, Apr 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
R Capey – Blackpool, 1977
J Carr – WBA v Liverpool (6th round 2nd replay at Maine Road, Manchester), Apr 1968
J Clarke – Man Utd v Sunderland, May 1968
W Clements – Liverpool v Leeds (at Wembley), May 1965
J Clough – Nottingham Forest v Luton (at Wembley), May 1959
A Dimond – Leeds, 1970
E Garner – Chesterfield, 1977
A Holland – West Ham v Preston (at Wembley), May 1964
K Howley – Tottenham v Arsenal, May 1971
E Jennings – Chelsea v Leeds (at Old Trafford), Apr 1970
R Johnson – Spurs v Newcastle, Aug 1971
W Johnson, Liverpool v Man City, May 1978
A W Jones – York, Apr / May 1977
R Kirkpatrick – Bolton v Spurs, May 1979
A Lees – Arsenal v Man Utd, 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
D W Smith – Man Utd v Man City, Apr 1974
J Taylor – Arsenal v Middlesbrough, May 1977
D Turner – Ipswich, March / Apr 1979

 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Whistleblower on Tue 16 Apr 2019 08:59
Thank you AT, most interesting. In those days, ending one's career with a Wembley appearance at a Cup Final was not that uncommon. The FA Cup Final was sometimes seen as a retirement present.

All the big hitters get suitably big matches. Alex Lees, who I recall as a good toiler never hitting the heights, did well to finish with Arsenal v Manchester United. Don't know if there was much riding on that particular game but it's always a big fixture.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Hendo on Tue 16 Apr 2019 13:36
Walter Johnson’s last game was Liverpool v Man City in May 1978. I recall him telling me that Liverpool gave him a nice memorial plaque to mark his retirement, after the game

Gary Aplin’s last match was Aston Villa v Chelsea in May 1991
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: nemesis on Tue 16 Apr 2019 22:42
Thank you AT, most interesting. In those days, ending one's career with a Wembley appearance at a Cup Final was not that uncommon. The FA Cup Final was sometimes seen as a retirement present.

All the big hitters get suitably big matches. Alex Lees, who I recall as a good toiler never hitting the heights, did well to finish with Arsenal v Manchester United. Don't know if there was much riding on that particular game but it's always a big fixture.

Not especially. Man United were mid-table and Arsenal were one of the clubs trailling in the wake of Nottingham Forest.

Exactly 7 days after that match, I was at Highbury watching Ipswich beat West Brom to earn their place in that final, mentioned twice elsewhere in that list !!  Happy days.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Whistleblower on Wed 17 Apr 2019 08:51
m'learned friend, I too was at Highbury that evening. Sadly I was unable to be at Wembley for the Final against Arsenal at which,as the list states, Derek Nippard and Jim Bent made their swansong. I did watch the Final on TV though. Nippard had been a somewhat surprising choice for the Final but I recall he did well enough in a match which had an air of friendliness about it.

And now we return to 1957 and the third tier. Sic transit gloria mundi; and will gloria ever return or has she left us for a long, long time ?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Wed 17 Apr 2019 16:34
Thanks for these. I have included Walter in the above list and will include Gary Aplin in my burgeoning list from 1980 to the present.

I remember Alex Lees from Arsenal v Man Utd in 1978 because he apparently failed to send off a player for a clear DOGSO foul and was in danger of being summoned to the Head's office to explain himself. As it was his last game, I imagine Alex was not too concerned. There is a 5 minute YouTube clip of the game, with the dark haired Alex blowing the final whistle at the end, however the DOGSO incident is not included. The game was played on 1st April 1978 which was a few weeks before the end of the season and quite early to retire. However Easter was v early that year and, as Alex was a school Head (like his Bridgwater colleague Peter Walters), he may have decided to call it a day early to prepare for the summer exam season at his school. 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Ref Watcher on Wed 17 Apr 2019 17:33
Thanks for these. I have included Walter in the above list and will include Gary Aplin in my burgeoning list from 1980 to the present.

I remember Alex Lees from Arsenal v Man Utd in 1978 because he apparently failed to send off a player for a clear DOGSO foul and was in danger of being summoned to the Head's office to explain himself. As it was his last game, I imagine Alex was not too concerned. There is a 5 minute YouTube clip of the game, with the dark haired Alex blowing the final whistle at the end, however the DOGSO incident is not included. The game was played on 1st April 1978 which was a few weeks before the end of the season and quite early to retire. However Easter was v early that year and, as Alex was a school Head (like his Bridgwater colleague Peter Walters), he may have decided to call it a day early to prepare for the summer exam season at his school.
A red card for DOGSO wasn't introduced until later than 1978 - Willie Young's cynical one on Paul Allen in an FA Cup Final that caused such consternation was in 1980.  If memory serves me correctly it came in around 1990.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: nemesis on Wed 17 Apr 2019 17:42
m'learned friend, I too was at Highbury that evening. Sadly I was unable to be at Wembley for the Final against Arsenal at which,as the list states, Derek Nippard and Jim Bent made their swansong. I did watch the Final on TV though. Nippard had been a somewhat surprising choice for the Final but I recall he did well enough in a match which had an air of friendliness about it.

And now we return to 1957 and the third tier. Sic transit gloria mundi; and will gloria ever return or has she left us for a long, long time ?

Nearest we've had to glory of late is the underwhelming London Glory bitter on sale in the Fanzone !

I think Gloria has indeed done with Ipswich for the foreseeable (and beyond) future. What will happen is that the bar will be set lower for what constitutes glory.

Most seem to be commending Marcus Evans for dropping season ticket prices by around 15%. Anyone who has seen as much League One football as I have would be aware that a 25% drop to reflect the much lower standard should be a minimum !

PS  My memory places that excellent semi-final as in the afternoon. The evening was spent celebrating and wondering where my Final ticket would come from. In the event it came from Southend United - and was in the Arsenal end !!!
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Wed 17 Apr 2019 21:03
I am minded that we have not had any activity on ISOR for over a month. I am also minded that 'tis the time of year when - in days of old - we would be looking to see where refs were officiating in their final games before retirement. I've had a go at devising a list of final games. It starts with the period 1946-79, as per Upton's, and covers domestic competitions as referees. Later internationals (eg Jack Taylor) have not been included nor non-competitive matches following retirement. Source - mainly from memory but but other sources, including ISOR, have also been used. As the list is mainly from memory, it is open to correction, amendment and addition which I welcome. Refs who died in service have been omitted. Period from 1980 onwards to follow shortly.

K Aston – Man Utd v Leicester (at Wembley), May 1963
C Barrick, Man Utd v Blackpool (at Wembley), Apr 1948
F Bassett – Cardiff v QPR, Apr 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
R Capey – Blackpool, 1977
J Carr – WBA v Liverpool (6th round 2nd replay at Maine Road, Manchester), Apr 1968
J Clarke – Man Utd v Sunderland, May 1968
W Clements – Liverpool v Leeds (at Wembley), May 1965
J Clough – Nottingham Forest v Luton (at Wembley), May 1959
A Dimond – Leeds, 1970
E Garner – Chesterfield, 1977
A Holland – West Ham v Preston (at Wembley), May 1964
K Howley – Tottenham v Arsenal, May 1971
E Jennings – Chelsea v Leeds (at Old Trafford), Apr 1970
R Johnson – Spurs v Newcastle, Aug 1971
W Johnson, Liverpool v Man City, May 1978
A W Jones – York, Apr / May 1977
R Kirkpatrick – Bolton v Spurs, May 1979
A Lees – Arsenal v Man Utd, 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
D W Smith – Man Utd v Man City, Apr 1974
J Taylor – Arsenal v Middlesbrough, May 1977
D Turner – Ipswich, March / Apr 1979

Good list and topic AT. Here are a few confirmed updates:

Frank Bassett - Walsall 0 Halifax 1 (1.5.1973) - rerranged match, Halifax escaped relegation at Rotherham's expense;
Roy Capey - Preston 0 Portsmouth 0 (7.5.1977);
Bill Clements - unclear what was his final match but he refereed throughout the 1965-1966 season;
Eric Garner - York 1 Reading 1 (7.5.1977);
Ray Johnson - Leeds 3 Leicester 0 (6.11.1971);
Alex Lees - refereed Aston Villa-Chelsea (15.4.1978) two weeks after the Arsenal game but may have refereed again before the end of that season.

The match programme also suggests John Homewood refereed the Wolves-Villa game credited to Jim Bent but the latter may have been a late replacement. Arthur Jones was scheduled to sign off at Chesterfield-Brighton on 14.5.1977, the same day that Harold Hackney took charge of the vital promotion match between Wrexham and Mansfield.

Vince James's final League game was Walsall v Port Vale (30.4.1974). Although Eric Jennings's final match was the Cup Final replay his final League match was somewhat more humble - Oldham 2 Crewe 1 in Division 4 (21.4.1970). He was given a guard of honour by the players before the game to mark his departure.

Another final match was the Aston Villa-Reading game on 4.5.1971 refereed by Leo Callaghan. Villa won 2-1 with the help of an own goal which Reading claimed had resulted from an undetected foul - as a result of the defeat Reading were relegated to Division 4 for the first time.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: TVOS on Wed 17 Apr 2019 22:34
Jim Rushton - Huddersfield v Portsmouth - 5/5/96
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 18 Apr 2019 10:00
Many thanks for these updates. Phew, exactly what I was hoping for! My memory may have been good on such burning issues, but not that good it seems! I'll update the database and produce a revised version for this earlier period shortly.

I am still reasonably confident that Jim Bent refereed the Wolves v Villa game in May 1978. I recall a photo showing a referee with a beard (Jim rather than John) and there was a newspaper report linking Jim's last game in the middle with his Cup Final appearance as a linesman just four days later.

I thought Bill Clements retired after the FA Cup Final in 1965 but yes, he certainly refereed at Anfield twice the following season, and I have deleted him from the database. Ken Dagnall was another who I thought retired after an FA Cup Final appearance (1967), but the Liverpool archive website shows that he refereed Liverpool v Man Utd on 6th April 1968, although I am not sure whether this would have been his last game.

Couple more from this earlier period:

G Jones - Darlington v Hartlepool, Apr 1972 (fairly confident on this although I can't think why)
L Hayes - did we not have a photo on the old ISOR of Les refereeing his final game in May 1977, but where was it?

Thanks again, keep these updates coming and more from me shortly.





Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 18 Apr 2019 15:45
Thanks for these. I have included Walter in the above list and will include Gary Aplin in my burgeoning list from 1980 to the present.

I remember Alex Lees from Arsenal v Man Utd in 1978 because he apparently failed to send off a player for a clear DOGSO foul and was in danger of being summoned to the Head's office to explain himself. As it was his last game, I imagine Alex was not too concerned. There is a 5 minute YouTube clip of the game, with the dark haired Alex blowing the final whistle at the end, however the DOGSO incident is not included. The game was played on 1st April 1978 which was a few weeks before the end of the season and quite early to retire. However Easter was v early that year and, as Alex was a school Head (like his Bridgwater colleague Peter Walters), he may have decided to call it a day early to prepare for the summer exam season at his school.
A red card for DOGSO wasn't introduced until later than 1978 - Willie Young's cynical one on Paul Allen in an FA Cup Final that caused such consternation was in 1980.  If memory serves me correctly it came in around 1990.

I believe the rule of a red card for DOGSO was divided into distinct two periods, with a gap in the middle which included the 1980 FA Cup Final. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the authorities would have been too concerned if Alex had missed a yellow card offence at the end of his career, would they? 

Update - R Tinkler, Oldham v WBA, Apr 1976 (Wiki)
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Thu 18 Apr 2019 19:57
Many thanks for these updates. Phew, exactly what I was hoping for! My memory may have been good on such burning issues, but not that good it seems! I'll update the database and produce a revised version for this earlier period shortly.

I am still reasonably confident that Jim Bent refereed the Wolves v Villa game in May 1978. I recall a photo showing a referee with a beard (Jim rather than John) and there was a newspaper report linking Jim's last game in the middle with his Cup Final appearance as a linesman just four days later.

I thought Bill Clements retired after the FA Cup Final in 1965 but yes, he certainly refereed at Anfield twice the following season, and I have deleted him from the database. Ken Dagnall was another who I thought retired after an FA Cup Final appearance (1967), but the Liverpool archive website shows that he refereed Liverpool v Man Utd on 6th April 1968, although I am not sure whether this would have been his last game.

Couple more from this earlier period:

G Jones - Darlington v Hartlepool, Apr 1972 (fairly confident on this although I can't think why)
L Hayes - did we not have a photo on the old ISOR of Les refereeing his final game in May 1977, but where was it?

Thanks again, keep these updates coming and more from me shortly.

The Les Hayes game (Peterborough v Walsall, 7.5.1977) was rather curiously subject of an interesting short film (not focused on him) which was on YouTube at some point but I don't know if it's still there.

Gordon Hill's final League match was Brentford v Doncaster (12.4.1975) - a slightly early departure to allow him to leave sooner for his new job in the USA.

I can't be sure it was definitely his last match as rearranged matches sometimes occurred in that era after the last scheduled day of fixtures but Peter Walters had a remarkable match on the final day of his last season with Derby winning 6-2 at Ipswich. Footage is on YouTube. On a similar note Ron Crabb's probable final game was Watford v Southport (29.4.1978) - a match which was to prove Southport's last in the Football League as they failed to be re-elected at the end of that season (the last club to suffer that fate).
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Thu 18 Apr 2019 20:01
Thanks for these. I have included Walter in the above list and will include Gary Aplin in my burgeoning list from 1980 to the present.

I remember Alex Lees from Arsenal v Man Utd in 1978 because he apparently failed to send off a player for a clear DOGSO foul and was in danger of being summoned to the Head's office to explain himself. As it was his last game, I imagine Alex was not too concerned. There is a 5 minute YouTube clip of the game, with the dark haired Alex blowing the final whistle at the end, however the DOGSO incident is not included. The game was played on 1st April 1978 which was a few weeks before the end of the season and quite early to retire. However Easter was v early that year and, as Alex was a school Head (like his Bridgwater colleague Peter Walters), he may have decided to call it a day early to prepare for the summer exam season at his school.
A red card for DOGSO wasn't introduced until later than 1978 - Willie Young's cynical one on Paul Allen in an FA Cup Final that caused such consternation was in 1980.  If memory serves me correctly it came in around 1990.

I believe the rule of a red card for DOGSO was divided into distinct two periods, with a gap in the middle which included the 1980 FA Cup Final. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the authorities would have been too concerned if Alex had missed a yellow card offence at the end of his career, would they? 

Sendings off for professional fouls were first introduced in 1982-1983. This was a decision solely taken by the FA  and after a short time FIFA ordered a reversion to previous policy. FIFA later changed their minds in 1990 since when professional fouls have been red-carded worldwide.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Fri 19 Apr 2019 16:47
The long-standing Harold Hackney in charge of Wrexham v Mansfield as his final game solves a mystery from over 40 years ago. I was at Wrexham a few days previously when Palace had to win to deprive Wrexham of promotion to the 2nd division.The game went into added time with the score 2-2, and the Wrexham fans were roaring their team home when Palace scored not once but twice to silence the crowd and send the promotion stakes to the final weekend of the season when Palace were not playing and Wrexham were playing Mansfield who had already won the 3rd division title. And because the Palace had won at Wrexham by two clear goals, Wrexham had to win to go up based on the goal average system that was still in force that season. On the day of the Wrexham v Mansfield game, I was crossing the Channel on a booze cruise and the Sports Report scores were punctuated by poor reception. However I only needed to hear 'Wrexham 0...' and I could reach into my pocket to pay for a round of drinks to celebrate promotion for the Palace. Peter Reeves refereed the Wrexham v Palace game, but until now, I did not know who had refereed the Wrexham v Mansfield game. I almost felt sorry for the Wrexham fans and pleased that they won the title the following season by a country mile.   
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Sat 20 Apr 2019 15:24
Well, here it is, the list of final games, updated to the present. As before, it covers only domestic competitions, so no internationals, non-league games or friendlies. I have also omitted ARs who refereed 1-2 games and refs who died in service. I'll be happy to update the list when I return from a short break, so please keep those comments coming in. Who will join the list at the end of the season I wonder? Happy reading and Happy Easter! AT

1946-79 (as per Upton’s, RTR 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
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
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 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
J Ashworth – Crystal Palace v Man Utd, May 1991
M Bailey – Stoke v Man City, May 1998
S Baines – Bradford City v Portsmouth, May 2003
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
M Bull – Sheffield United v Scunthorpe, May 2016
T Bune, Wigan v Brentford, June 1985
L Burden – Watford v Man Utd, 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 – Man City v Luton, May 1983
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
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
D Elleray – Newcastle v Birmingham, May 2003
E Evans – Stockport v Morecambe, Jan 2011
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 – Arsenal v Wimbledon, May 2005
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
K Hackett – Man Utd v Liverpool, March 1994
A Hall – Shrewsbury v Torquay, Oct 2010
M Halsey – Man City v Norwich, May 2013
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 – Preston v Coventry, March 2011
T Helbron – Ipswich v Barnsley (at Wembley), May 2000
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
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
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
T Parkes – Lincoln v Leyton Orient, Apr 2006
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 – Portsmouth v Arsenal, 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 
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
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
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 – WBA v Man Utd, Jan 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
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
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
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





Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Sat 20 Apr 2019 18:21
Sterling work AT. Here are a few additions...

Neville Ashley - Halifax v Rochdale, Aug 1987;
Alf Buksh - Nottingham Forest v Manchester City, Feb 1993;
Ray Guy - Manchester United v Aston Villa, May 1987;
John Ireland - Burnley v Cardiff, May 1988;
Mark Scott - Preston v Colchester, May 1987;
Colin Seel- Sheffield Wednesday v QPR, May 1987 (7-1 win);
Trevor West - Preston v Walsall, May 1997.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Sat 20 Apr 2019 19:25
Some amendments:

Arnold Challinor - Liverpool v Coventry, May 1984 (5-0 win)
Eddie Evans - Wrexham v Brentford, May 2005;
Rob Styles - Chelsea v Blackburn, May 2009.

Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: SuffolkRef on Sat 20 Apr 2019 20:59
Many thanks for sharing the research that you have done for this.

While I had remembered that I was in attendance for the final matches of Heilbron, Lynch, Lodge and Dunn, I had completely forgotten that I saw Paul Rejer and Brian Curson blow the full time whistle on their careers.

One correction in relation to Grant Hegley.  His final match Ipswich vs Watford in March 2011.  He was helped off the pitch after about five minutes.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Sun 21 Apr 2019 18:10
Some more final games - an assortment of well-known names and lesser-known officials:

David Axcell - Millwall v Bristol Rovers, May 1993;
John Ball - Wrexham v Stockport, May 1986;
Les Burden - Chelsea v Norwich. May 1985 (amendment);
Alan Crickmore - Bristol Rovers v Millwall, May 1984;
Bob Hamer - Portsmouth v Grimsby, May 1993;
Ian Hendrick - Watford v Oxford, May 1993;
Mike James - Bristol City v Brentford, May 1993;
John Martin - Birmingham v Charlton, May 1993;
Jim Parker - Birmingham v Bradford City, May 1995;
Pat Partridge - Nottingham Forest v Coventry, May 1981;
Ken Redfern, Manchester City v Everton, May 1993;
Ffrancgon Roberts - Coventry v Liverpool (Liverpool won 6-1, final game of their last Title win);
Dave Shadwell - Rochdale v York, April 1993;
Clive Thomas - Stoke v Wolves, May 1984;
Peter Willis - Everton v Southampton, May 1986 (6-1 win);
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Mon 22 Apr 2019 19:12
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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: reflector on Tue 23 Apr 2019 09:45
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.
A referee I always enjoyed watching.  Diminutive in height but an excellent official who must have been kept exceptionally busy as the programme notes used to record, he was also the proprietor of a coach firm and the head teacher of a local Anglesey school, as well as his national  and FIFA list refereeing duties.  I wonder how todays 'full timers' would cope with that lot! 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Hendo on Wed 24 Apr 2019 07:03
The Bangor City FC website, last updated on 6th March, shows Gwyn Pierce Owen as being Honorary President so the good news is that he is still with us.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: TheThingFromLewes on Wed 24 Apr 2019 21:25
Some more final games - an assortment of well-known names and lesser-known officials:

David Axcell - Millwall v Bristol Rovers, May 1993;
John Ball - Wrexham v Stockport, May 1986;
Les Burden - Chelsea v Norwich. May 1985 (amendment);
Alan Crickmore - Bristol Rovers v Millwall, May 1984;
Bob Hamer - Portsmouth v Grimsby, May 1993;
Ian Hendrick - Watford v Oxford, May 1993;
Mike James - Bristol City v Brentford, May 1993;
John Martin - Birmingham v Charlton, May 1993;
Jim Parker - Birmingham v Bradford City, May 1995;
Pat Partridge - Nottingham Forest v Coventry, May 1981;
Ken Redfern, Manchester City v Everton, May 1993;
Ffrancgon Roberts - Coventry v Liverpool (Liverpool won 6-1, final game of their last Title win);
Dave Shadwell - Rochdale v York, April 1993;
Clive Thomas - Stoke v Wolves, May 1984;
Peter Willis - Everton v Southampton, May 1986 (6-1 win);

How many reds did that infamous card shark Parker from Preston dish out in his career?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 25 Apr 2019 10:44
Many thanks for all your hard work in helping me to compile this list, which I have wanted to do for some time. I have incorporated the amendments and updates on the database and will publish a revised list at the end of the season to take account of any further updates or amendments before then. 

A couple of queries:

I always understood that Philip Don bowed out after refereeing Palace v Spurs in April 1995 but World Football shows that he refereed two further matches including Blackburn v Newcastle in May 1995 as his last:

Did Roger Gifford retire a season early? Upton's shows him on the list for 1995/6 but I can find no matches for him after the Arsenal v Wimbledon game in May 1995 and a Welsh FA website seems to confirm that he left the list in 1995. I had a feeling that his final game was as 4O at a Playoff Final at Wembley but cannot be sure of any details.

I don't recall attending any of the final games listed despite the presence of the Palace and Crewe. I wanted to see the Crewe v Coventry game in May 2005 which was Alan Kaye's last but failed to get a ticket for a game which Crewe had to win to stay in the Championship - and did, 2-1

Thanks again, AT
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: SuffolkRef on Thu 25 Apr 2019 11:03

I always understood that Philip Don bowed out after refereeing Palace v Spurs in April 1995 but World Football shows that he refereed two further matches including Blackburn v Newcastle in May 1995 as his last

I remember that Philip Don finished his domestic career at Blackburn because it was a Monday Night Football match and they interviewed him before or after the match.  He had an international appointment following that to end his FIFA career.

Also I’m sure that Graham Poll’s final match was a Championship play off final at Wembley ?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 25 Apr 2019 13:53

I always understood that Philip Don bowed out after refereeing Palace v Spurs in April 1995 but World Football shows that he refereed two further matches including Blackburn v Newcastle in May 1995 as his last

I remember that Philip Don finished his domestic career at Blackburn because it was a Monday Night Football match and they interviewed him before or after the match.  He had an international appointment following that to end his FIFA career.

Also I’m sure that Graham Poll’s final match was a Championship play off final at Wembley ?

Thanks Suffolkref and well spotted. Graham Poll did indeed referee the Championship Playoff Final on 28th May 2007 when Derby beat WBA 1-0. I have amended the database. Poll was one of a few refs to have refereed more than one Championship Playoff Final. He was also in charge in 2003/4 at Cardiff when Palace beat West Ham 1-0, a game at which I was present. Following the end of his PL career at Portsmouth, Graham also refereed a L1 semi-final when Yeovil won 5-2 at Nottingham Forest. How fortunes have changed!

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of George McCabe's final game at Wembley. 

Update: I Hemley, Brighton v York, May 1996. This was played on a Thursday morning in front of an 'all-ticket' crowd of just over 2,000 after the previous game, also refereed by Ian, had to be abandoned due to a crowd invasion. A sad end to Ian's career on the FL. 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Thu 25 Apr 2019 18:15
Many thanks for all your hard work in helping me to compile this list, which I have wanted to do for some time. I have incorporated the amendments and updates on the database and will publish a revised list at the end of the season to take account of any further updates or amendments before then. 

A couple of queries:

I always understood that Philip Don bowed out after refereeing Palace v Spurs in April 1995 but World Football shows that he refereed two further matches including Blackburn v Newcastle in May 1995 as his last:

Did Roger Gifford retire a season early? Upton's shows him on the list for 1995/6 but I can find no matches for him after the Arsenal v Wimbledon game in May 1995 and a Welsh FA website seems to confirm that he left the list in 1995. I had a feeling that his final game was as 4O at a Playoff Final at Wembley but cannot be sure of any details.

I don't recall attending any of the final games listed despite the presence of the Palace and Crewe. I wanted to see the Crewe v Coventry game in May 2005 which was Alan Kaye's last but failed to get a ticket for a game which Crewe had to win to stay in the Championship - and did, 2-1

Thanks again, AT

Philip Don's last domestic match was indeed Blackburn v Newcastle in May 1995 preceded by Coventry v Man Utd so he refereed the two Title contenders of the time in those final games. He departed years before the former retirement age, apparently to concentrate on his teaching career. I'm not sure if he knew he was standing down when taking charge of his final match or whether the decision came later - SuffolkRef may be able to shed light on that matter. Most referees will take charge of their last game knowing they are departing, e.g. due to retirement or scheduled resignation, but in some cases the departure is not anticipated at the time, e.g. linked to injury or change in circumstances.

As regards Rodger Gifford he did referee throughout the 1995-1996 season but all his games were outside the Premier League which isn't covered so much by Soccerbase before the 2000s. His final game in the middle was Plymouth v Hartlepool in May 1996 although he was fourth official for the Leicester-Palace play-off later that month.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Whistleblower on Thu 25 Apr 2019 18:54
Indeed, the circumstances of referees' final games are so various. It can be a major Cup Final, a title decider or seemingly just an ordinary run of the mill end of season match. Some years ago I know that League referees were asked if there was a particular ground where they would like to make their final appearance, perhaps sentiment or I believe one or two referees chose the ground where they made their League debut ( shades of T S Eliot "arrive where we started and know the place for the first time" and all that )

Two of Hertfordshire's finest Grant Hegley and Mick Russell had most unusual final matches as noted elsewhere on RTR. The former limping off injured at Portman Road ( so often a place for referee injuries through the ages ) and the latter an abandonment at Blackpool due to a crowd protest. Abandoning; an irony not lost on Mick Russell I suspect.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Thu 25 Apr 2019 20:20
Indeed, the circumstances of referees' final games are so various. It can be a major Cup Final, a title decider or seemingly just an ordinary run of the mill end of season match. Some years ago I know that League referees were asked if there was a particular ground where they would like to make their final appearance, perhaps sentiment or I believe one or two referees chose the ground where they made their League debut ( shades of T S Eliot "arrive where we started and know the place for the first time" and all that )

Two of Hertfordshire's finest Grant Hegley and Mick Russell had most unusual final matches as noted elsewhere on RTR. The former limping off injured at Portman Road ( so often a place for referee injuries through the ages ) and the latter an abandonment at Blackpool due to a crowd protest. Abandoning; an irony not lost on Mick Russell I suspect.

In the 1980s and up to the onset of the Premier League referees scheduled to retire were often given a top Division game to end their career, sometimes a "low-stakes", mid-table encounter but occasionally a match with significance at the top or bottom of the table. When the Premier League came into being Football League referees often got a Championship game on which to sign-off but that's become less common in more recent times and with the advent of SG2 not an option for most FL referees so returning to where they started their career or to some other significant venue has become popular. I think retiring referees may also be able to request specific assistants in some cases.

Clearly when a referee knows he is departing the occasion is going to be charged in a very different way to the unscheduled departure. Often it will be a emotional occasion which can be an argument against the game being a "high-stakes" encounter like a Cup Final or vital promotion or relegation encounter. However there may even be occasions where a referee is glad to reach the end, perhaps finding refereeing less satisfying or too pressured and maybe having carried on more out of a sense of duty than enjoyment.

By contrast the referees making unscheduled departures go into their final games unaware of their later significance. What seemed like a routine game can then take on much greater import. Sometimes it is that actual game that prompts the departure as in the case of injury or some unsettling event that leads to them calling it a day. Often the game passes without incident but later events cause it to be the final outing.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: SuffolkRef 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: BabyRef 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer 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
                     










Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Tue 30 Jul 2019 15:03
I will remove Darren Handley from the 'final game' database after the weekend. More to follow??  ;D
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer 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.

Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: olddeagle 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?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Hendo 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
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Hendo 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
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: olddeagle 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer 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.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field 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).
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Tue 24 Sep 2019 09:02
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).

Belated thanks LF, I was away in August and overlooked your post. Database amended.

New entry on the database - L Probert, Southampton v Huddersfield, May 2019.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: olddeagle on Wed 13 Nov 2019 19:49
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.

You can see Harold Horner having a few spots of bother in a Tranmere v Chelsea  FA Cup tie in the big 62/3 freeze up at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDEAOH6LzGk
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 14 Nov 2019 16:49
Thanks olddeagle for this piece of nostalgia from long ago (pre-MOTD?). Full marks to Mr Horner in my view for letting the game go ahead despite the snow. It seemed to have been an exciting game and playable although I couldn't see the game being played nowadays. I think Hinton / (?) Hinson of Chelsea would have received at least a yellow card now for his tackle on Ronnie Moore. Tranmere playing in all white must have given them an advantage although presumably that didn't include the fans and TV viewers trying to pick out the players in the ghostly white surroundings. All-in-all a good example of how playing conditions have changed over the years and what was thought acceptable in in the v snowy winter of 1962/3. 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Hendo on Fri 15 Nov 2019 18:07
Thanks olddeagle for this piece of nostalgia from long ago (pre-MOTD?). Full marks to Mr Horner in my view for letting the game go ahead despite the snow. It seemed to have been an exciting game and playable although I couldn't see the game being played nowadays. I think Hinton / (?) Hinson of Chelsea would have received at least a yellow card now for his tackle on Ronnie Moore. Tranmere playing in all white must have given them an advantage although presumably that didn't include the fans and TV viewers trying to pick out the players in the ghostly white surroundings. All-in-all a good example of how playing conditions have changed over the years and what was thought acceptable in in the v snowy winter of 1962/3.
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At just over 6 mins for those wanting to see the Hinson/Moore scrap. Moore’s tackle provoked it and I think he exaggerated the hit to the face too.
In the days when slightly overweight, slightly unfit and slightly elderly refs chugged about the pitch wagging fingers and generally giving the impression that they weren’t overly bothered in events on the field. Loved those days!
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: olddeagle on Sun 17 Nov 2019 10:46
The Tranmere v Chelsea clip comes from the predecessor of MOTD which was called "Saturday Sport". It wasn't restricted to football-Rugby international highlights used to be screened then too (you can see the schedules on https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/issues which has back numbers  of Radio Times).  That match was one of only 3 third round ties out of 32 that were played that day, and the replay wasn't until 30th January when Chelsea won 3-1. 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 21 Nov 2019 09:06
E Ilderton - Forest Green v Tranmere, May 2019 - added to the Final Game database, see separate thread under General Discussion.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Wed 15 Jan 2020 16:40
As an update Dennis Turner's final match now seems to be Rochdale 4 Northampton 1 on 5th May 1979. As per AT's initial post I also had thought he hadn't refereed after an Ipswich-Arsenal game in March 1979 and had left the List a little early. However the referee profile for the Rochdale game makes clear that it was due to be his final match and that he had reached retirement age. This also surprised me as I was under the impression he was short of the retirement age in 1979 (profiles suggest he was 35 in 1969 so only 45 in 1979). It's possible the earlier profiles underestimated his age or the Rochdale programme heard he was retiring and assumed it was on age grounds. Whatever the case it seems we have a new final game for him.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 16 Jan 2020 16:01
As an update Dennis Turner's final match now seems to be Rochdale 4 Northampton 1 on 5th May 1979. As per AT's initial post I also had thought he hadn't refereed after an Ipswich-Arsenal game in March 1979 and had left the List a little early. However the referee profile for the Rochdale game makes clear that it was due to be his final match and that he had reached retirement age. This also surprised me as I was under the impression he was short of the retirement age in 1979 (profiles suggest he was 35 in 1969 so only 45 in 1979). It's possible the earlier profiles underestimated his age or the Rochdale programme heard he was retiring and assumed it was on age grounds. Whatever the case it seems we have a new final game for him.

Thank you LF for the update, I will amend the database. My information on why I thought Dennis retired after the game at Ipswich came from a RA colleague who was a linesman at the game and who suggested that Dennis was in bits when Bobby Robson (the Ipswich manager) came into the room because this was his last game due to work reasons. Perhaps his boss had a temporary change of heart but it wouldn't surprise me if Dennis did retire earlier than he needed to. 

Edit - wasn't Dennis another FL retiree who went off to the USA to seek his fortune? If so, perhaps that made a difference to the date of his retirement from the FL in 1979, but would have precluded him from carrying on to the normal retirement age.   
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Fri 17 Jan 2020 00:25
As an update Dennis Turner's final match now seems to be Rochdale 4 Northampton 1 on 5th May 1979. As per AT's initial post I also had thought he hadn't refereed after an Ipswich-Arsenal game in March 1979 and had left the List a little early. However the referee profile for the Rochdale game makes clear that it was due to be his final match and that he had reached retirement age. This also surprised me as I was under the impression he was short of the retirement age in 1979 (profiles suggest he was 35 in 1969 so only 45 in 1979). It's possible the earlier profiles underestimated his age or the Rochdale programme heard he was retiring and assumed it was on age grounds. Whatever the case it seems we have a new final game for him.

Thank you LF for the update, I will amend the database. My information on why I thought Dennis retired after the game at Ipswich came from a RA colleague who was a linesman at the game and who suggested that Dennis was in bits when Bobby Robson (the Ipswich manager) came into the room because this was his last game due to work reasons. Perhaps his boss had a temporary change of heart but it wouldn't surprise me if Dennis did retire earlier than he needed to. 

Edit - wasn't Dennis another FL retiree who went off to the USA to seek his fortune? If so, perhaps that made a difference to the date of his retirement from the FL in 1979, but would have precluded him from carrying on to the normal retirement age.

It's possible the game at Rochdale was an unexpected swansong. It's also possible there was some misunderstanding about the Ipswich game being his last. It may have been his last at Ipswich and the last visit to a particular club can be a poignant one for a referee and those who knew him. In those days it would have been almost certain that he wouldn't be returning to Ipswich or any club he refereed in his final couple of months on the List - these days he could have turned up there again a couple of weeks later! Of course that's because of the way referees largely operate in one Division these days and referees are now either never refereeing clubs or officiating them multiple times per season. Interesting to speculate on whether a referee such as Dennis Turner would have been a Select Group / Premier League referee had the system operated back then or whether he'd have been a "Championship" referee or in Leagues 1 and 2. I suspect he would have been a Premier referee for much of his career.

I was also under the impression that he had gone to referee in the USA but that may be a misapprehension. Tom Reynolds (who was on the List for the exact same years) certainly did leave the List early to go and referee over there and it's possible Dennis Turner might have joined him or perhaps not. Various FL referees did go to the USA to referee (most notably Gordon Hill) - some emigrating but others just over the summer.   
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Boris10 on Fri 17 Jan 2020 09:54
Denis did get a reasonable share of First Division matches.Always seemed a steady referee-can't remember seeing any incidents-may have been elsewhere.Any offers?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: reflector on Sat 18 Jan 2020 18:33
Denis did get a reasonable share of First Division matches.Always seemed a steady referee-can't remember seeing any incidents-may have been elsewhere.Any offers?
Yes,  I think he did get a number  of key First Division games.  I don't  recall any in particular but I think I am right in saying that he was the referee of the famous Hereford United v Newcastle cup tie with rhe Ronnie Radford  goal of the season winning goal which still gets shown today.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Whistleblower on Sat 18 Jan 2020 19:55
Denis did get a reasonable share of First Division matches.Always seemed a steady referee-can't remember seeing any incidents-may have been elsewhere.Any offers?
Yes,  I think he did get a number  of key First Division games.  I don't  recall any in particular but I think I am right in saying that he was the referee of the famous Hereford United v Newcastle cup tie with rhe Ronnie Radford  goal of the season winning goal which still gets shown today.

I am certain you are right reflector.

On my only visit to Old Trafford, back in the 1970s, Dennis Turner was the referee and I saw him quite a few times at Ipswich. Steady and sure are the words I would employ to describe  him. No histrionics, little fuss, got on with officiating which he looked as if he enjoyed. I wonder if he is still with us?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Sun 19 Jan 2020 11:53
Denis did get a reasonable share of First Division matches.Always seemed a steady referee-can't remember seeing any incidents-may have been elsewhere.Any offers?
Yes,  I think he did get a number  of key First Division games.  I don't  recall any in particular but I think I am right in saying that he was the referee of the famous Hereford United v Newcastle cup tie with rhe Ronnie Radford  goal of the season winning goal which still gets shown today.

...or the sight of Dennis being pursued back to the halfway line by most of the crowd from behind the goal after Hereford's winning goal was scored. Scary!
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Sun 19 Jan 2020 12:12
Another game which Dennis refereed and which is remembered by many in South London was Leeds v Wimbledon (and replay) in the 4th round of the FA Cup in 1975. The game at Leeds was best remembered for a late penalty save by Wimbledon keeper Dickie Guy. No VAR needed as Gray was bundled over in the penalty area by Bassett. Guy was the hero but he was helped by Lorimer's penalty which was frankly pathetic by his standards. The game ended 0-0 and Leeds won the replay 1-0. A 10 minute clip of the game - with good sightings of Dennis - is on YouTube. 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: TVOS on Wed 22 Jan 2020 16:49
Denis did get a reasonable share of First Division matches.Always seemed a steady referee-can't remember seeing any incidents-may have been elsewhere.Any offers?
Yes,  I think he did get a number  of key First Division games.  I don't  recall any in particular but I think I am right in saying that he was the referee of the famous Hereford United v Newcastle cup tie with rhe Ronnie Radford  goal of the season winning goal which still gets shown today.

I just caught up with an archive episode of The Big Match on BT Sport this morning and he was the referee for Leeds v Wimbledon in the FA Cup in January 1975, a game made famous for the performance of Dons' goalkeeper Dickie Guy.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Tue 17 Mar 2020 10:11
Brian Hill

You have 1993 as his last match which was probably his last as "of Kettering" but he then did a couple more seasons as "of Market Harborough" and ended his career with the 3-3 draw between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on 3rd May 1995.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Tue 17 Mar 2020 10:35
The Channel Islands end of season matches - Upton Park (clubs) and Muratti Vase (islands) have been F.A. appointments since at least the 1920's.

Even the Muratti semi-final had a "mainland" referee until 1958.

Those appointed often went on to bigger and better things but on other occasions these have been "farewell" matches,
even if only a few days after their final league or cup match listed in the earlier posts.

Candidates for these are all Muratti's unless stated

06.05.48 Barrick
22.04.78 Nippard (Upton) (but with F.A. Cup Final two weeks later)
09.05.78 Bent
04.05.81 Partridge
27.04.85 Bune (Upton) (but with Freight Rover Cup Final five weeks later)
06.05.85 Burden
13.05.95 B.Hill (Upton)
18.05.03 Wilkes (replay)
06.05.07 Olivier
08.05.10 J.Singh
08.05.11 Crossley
16.05.15 D'Urso
14.05.16 Graham
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Tue 17 Mar 2020 15:39
Brian Hill

You have 1993 as his last match which was probably his last as "of Kettering" but he then did a couple more seasons as "of Market Harborough" and ended his career with the 3-3 draw between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on 3rd May 1995.

Well spotted John and of course you are right. I have amended the database accordingly and thank you for pointing this out
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Thu 19 Mar 2020 10:09
Gilbert Pullin in an interview in Aberdeen Evening Express 20.11.1971 states that his last match was Tottenham 2, Blackpool 0 at White Hart Lane played in a blizzard. That must have been 19.01.1963 one of the few matches played in the "big freeze". It therefore appears he did not resume for the remainder of his final season.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: bmb on Thu 19 Mar 2020 11:11

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



He's a assessor/observer now so I doubt he will be back on the pitch.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Fri 20 Mar 2020 08:59
Gilbert Pullin in an interview in Aberdeen Evening Express 20.11.1971 states that his last match was Tottenham 2, Blackpool 0 at White Hart Lane played in a blizzard. That must have been 19.01.1963 one of the few matches played in the "big freeze". It therefore appears he did not resume for the remainder of his final season.

Many thanks for this info, John, I'll add Gilbert to the database. We had some contact with Gilbert's family on the old RTR and I wish we could transfer it across, he sounded like a nice man. It is certainly correct that he finished a bit early in his final season, so Jan 1963 is probably right.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Fri 20 Mar 2020 11:45
He also mentions in the same interview that he sat with Gina Lollobrigida on his flight to Jersey for the 1960 Muratti and that he thinks he did not get the F.A. Cup Final as he gave the wrong response to a freemasons handshake from an F.A. Official
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Fri 20 Mar 2020 21:56
He also mentions in the same interview that he sat with Gina Lollobrigida on his flight to Jersey for the 1960 Muratti and that he thinks he did not get the F.A. Cup Final as he gave the wrong response to a freemasons handshake from an F.A. Official

Thanks for those recollections re Gilbert Pullin. I'm not sure that he was ever that close to refereeing an FA Cup Final and the profile of games I've seen for him is fairly mainstream. Of course it's always possible that a potentially high-flying career might come a cropper early on due to someone antagonising influential people so an apparent journeyman might actually have deserved better things. it's also possible for for a fairly unremarkable individual to be pushed forward because they are in the favour of those with influence. It's also true though that sometimes individuals use these sorts of claims of unfair influence or favour without good reason - "the face fits" and "not what you know but who you know" are maxims which are often justified but also sometimes used as excuses. Certainly though one gets the impression that refereeing progress in the more distant past was often haphazard, capricious and occasionally not based on merit with Final appointments in particular often related to lobbying rather than performance. Whatever the reality there are many fascinating tales that past referees could tell.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: bmb on Sat 21 Mar 2020 15:30
It's also true though that sometimes individuals use these sorts of claims of unfair influence or favour without good reason - "the face fits" and "not what you know but who you know" are maxims which are often justified but also sometimes used as excuses.

Amen to that! There is one referee I know who daily spouts off that he has never made the FIFA list purely because his face didn't fit for various reasons - I've seen him referee several times and to put it politely I was a better referee than him and I was rubbish!! I was a fairly decent lino at county level at but not a particularly good referee, I never went higher because frankly I didn't have the talent to do so. I fully acknowledge it was nothing to do with me being a teenage female in the late 80's at a time when there was very much a 'women should be pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen not on a football pitch' attitude in general but whilst I was good enough in youth football I was decidedly average in adult games, no more, no less. Shame people aren't always so accepting of their own limitations!
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: mutn3 on Sat 21 Mar 2020 18:26
" Barefoot in the kitchen"

A bit harsh BMB, to assume that much freedom

Tied to the stove perhaps? 😉
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Wed 08 Apr 2020 18:26
Another final match to add...

Ivan Smith (Accrington): Peterborough 3 Shrewsbury 2, Division 3, 24.4.1976.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Wed 08 Apr 2020 19:00
Thanks LF, now included on the database.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Wed 17 Jun 2020 10:47
Two more final matches:

Harold Davey - Chester 2 Crystal Palace 1, 4.5.1976, Division 3;
John Gow - Crystal Palace 5 Blackburn 0, 29.4.1978, Division 2.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Wed 17 Jun 2020 15:33
Thanks LF, I have amended the database. Interesting that both games involved my beloved Crystal Palace. I recall the Blackburn game, mainly from the point of view of the margin of victory, bearing in mind that it was 9th v 5th in Div 2. However I don't think I was there and was probably plying my trade on a contributory league that afternoon. I am sure John Gow would have preferred to have bowed out the following weekend at Wembley, but that honour went, perhaps surprisingly, to Derek Nippard. Harold Davey must also count himself unlucky to have bowed out with a fairly meaningless Div 3 game at Chester and one which was played three days after the Cup Final. Right up until a couple of weeks before, the Palace were in the running for promotion, but 0-0 home draws v Aldershot and Chesterfield (I was present at that one, ref Ken Burns) did it for them and the Chester game became a bit of a dead rubber. Bearing in mind that this was the season that Palace went all the way from the 1st round of the FA Cup to the semi-final, I wonder whether the Chester game was a re-arranged fixture, as playing midweek after the Cup Final was unusual. If this was the case, perhaps Harold had been appointed to the original game and was re-appointed when the fixture was rearranged (a bit like David Hutchinson with the title decider in 1988/9)? 

When will I be in a position to amend the database again with this season's departures and when will the list for next season be published I wonder, bearing in mind that some refs are still very much active for a few weeks yet?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: ajb95 on Wed 17 Jun 2020 16:14
Have you got Phil Dowd as a full game or a half game!
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Wed 17 Jun 2020 17:29
Chester v Crystal Palace was due to be on Sat 3rd April 1976 but delayed by F.A. Cup Semi-Final appearance that day
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Wed 17 Jun 2020 18:20
Thanks LF, I have amended the database. Interesting that both games involved my beloved Crystal Palace. I recall the Blackburn game, mainly from the point of view of the margin of victory, bearing in mind that it was 9th v 5th in Div 2. However I don't think I was there and was probably plying my trade on a contributory league that afternoon. I am sure John Gow would have preferred to have bowed out the following weekend at Wembley, but that honour went, perhaps surprisingly, to Derek Nippard. Harold Davey must also count himself unlucky to have bowed out with a fairly meaningless Div 3 game at Chester and one which was played three days after the Cup Final. Right up until a couple of weeks before, the Palace were in the running for promotion, but 0-0 home draws v Aldershot and Chesterfield (I was present at that one, ref Ken Burns) did it for them and the Chester game became a bit of a dead rubber. Bearing in mind that this was the season that Palace went all the way from the 1st round of the FA Cup to the semi-final, I wonder whether the Chester game was a re-arranged fixture, as playing midweek after the Cup Final was unusual. If this was the case, perhaps Harold had been appointed to the original game and was re-appointed when the fixture was rearranged (a bit like David Hutchinson with the title decider in 1988/9)? 

When will I be in a position to amend the database again with this season's departures and when will the list for next season be published I wonder, bearing in mind that some refs are still very much active for a few weeks yet?

One thing I meant to add for the 1978 match was that David Hutchinson was one of the linesmen so it was probably his last match on the line before being promoted to the full List of referees. We tend to think of retiring referees being given top Division or other very notable games as their swansong but that wasn't so common in that era and so it isn't unusual to see them finish with matches in Divisions 2, 3 and 4. In a few cases this was because it was a fixture rearranged after the season's end and the norm was that a referee would handle the rearranged fixture unless he was unavailable. This could also affect top referees so Eric Jennings's last League match was Oldham v Crewe in Division 4 although he did have the Cup Final replay to follow. George Courtney's last League match was a Division 3 game between Stockport and Birmingham but he did a Play-off Final after that.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 10 Sep 2020 15:11
Graham Horwood and Eddie Ilderton were already on my database of Final Games. Two new additions:

Nicholas Kinseley - Portsmouth v Rochdale, February 2020
Paul Marsden - Leyton Orient v Cambridge, March 2020     (source Soccerbase)

Early in the season for final games for obvious reasons. I suspect that neither Nicholas nor Paul realised for a moment that these games would be their last on the list, even if they were thinking of jacking it in at the end of the season.

I will amend my Final Game database.

Admin - any chance of pinning this thread please?  I'd be grateful if it could.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 10 Sep 2020 15:20
And here is the amended Final Games database:

                        Referees Final Games – 1946 to 2020

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

R Armstrong – Peterborough v Gillingham, May 1974
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 – Plymouth v Bradford City, May 1978
H Davey – Chester v Crystal Palace, May 1976
A Dimond – Leeds, 1970
E Garner – York v Reading, May 1977
W J Gow – Crystal Palace v Blackburn, April 1978
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
H Horner – Nottingham Forest v Burnley, Apr 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
I Jones – Exeter v Cambridge, Apr 1975
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
G Pullin – Tottenham v Blackpool, Jan 1963
D W Smith – Man Utd v Man City, Apr 1974
I Smith – Peterborough v Shrewsbury, April 1976
J Taylor – Arsenal v Middlesbrough, May 1977
J Thacker – Tottenham v Wolves, April 1973
R Tinkler – Oldham v WBA, Apr 1976
D Turner – Rochdale v Northampton, May 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
L Collins – Swindon v Crewe, Apr 2019
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
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
M Heywood – Bury v Carlisle, Sept 2018
B Hill – Everton v Chelsea, May 1995
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
E Ilderton – Forest Green v Tranmere, May 2019
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
N Kinseley – Portsmouth v Rochdale, Feb 2020
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
P Marsden – Leyton Orient v Cambridge, March 2020
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
R Milford - Leicester v Derby (at Wembley), May 1994
N Miller – Blackpool v Luton, May 2017
P Miller – Oxford v Hartlepool, March 2015
T Mills – Tottenham v Southampton, May 1990
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
M Peck – Huddersfield v Blackpool, Apr 1994
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
L Probert – Southampton v Huddersfield, May 2019
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
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Leggy on Thu 10 Sep 2020 16:44
D Axcell – Millwall v Bristol Rovers, May 1993

So this was a "double last" as it was Millwall's final game at the old Den.  David was joined by Colin Henderson and John Smythe on the lines for his final game (plus me on the Boards).

The game was interrupted by a couple of "good natured" pitch invasions and ended a few minutes early after another.  I distinctly remember Millwall 'keeper Casey Keller trying to reach the safety of the players' tunnel and finally doing so wearing nothing more than a jock-strap - the rest of his kit falling victim to souvenir hunters!  I still used the dressing room towel from that game in my gym kit until about two years ago when Mrs Leggy insisted it would disintegrate if it went through the washing machine again and it was finally retired.

Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Fri 11 Sep 2020 08:58
Quite a send off for Millwall and David, as shown on YouTube. The familiar neatly-coiffured white hair of David Axcell, a super penalty save from the Bristol Rovers goalie, and some riotous activities following the final whistle, including bits of the pitch being taken away in plastic bags and goalposts / nets to follow. I went to the Old Den a few times and I still see the site of the ground (now housing) quite regularly when I am returning to London Bridge from Selhurst Park. Thanks for this post Leggy.     
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: mauricelapin on Sat 12 Sep 2020 14:10
It was a very long time ago, and I can quote neither the date nor the opponents, but I have a clear memory that Charles Nicholls' last game was at Brighton c.1970.  His impending retirement was mentioned several times over the PA system before kick-off, and Mr. Nicholls seemed not to wish to sully his final match with too many disciplinary activities; unfortunately the now forgotten opponents ultimately made this impossible to maintain for 90 minutes, and several names were taken before the final whistle.

Someone can probably fill in the gaps in my memory (or indicate that I have lost the plot totally)?
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Sat 12 Sep 2020 23:12
Charlie Nicholls born in Sept 1925 retired after the 1972-73 season

If it was at Brighton it was v Nottingham Forest 28th April 1973

But I cannot find a report of the match

Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Timbo on Sun 13 Sep 2020 14:44

On the old site, we have :-

[https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/ratetheref/bradford-city-disaster-t8266.html]

"This is not correct. If you look back on the I Spy Old Refs thread, you will see that Don Shaw was due to referee the game but had to pull out due to tweaking a muscle a few days previously at OT. When I wrote to Don on another matter, he very kindly wrote back and confirmed the above in his letter. He had previously confirmed his absence in an article in the local press (Crewe/Sandbach) on the 25th anniversary in 2010. He was not sure who refereed the tragic game at Bradford but agreed with our suggestion that it could have been Mr N Glover from Chorley. In Upton, Don is shown as continuing on the FL for 3 more years until 1988 whilst Mr Glover is shown as coming off the list in 1986, although it is possible that he did not referee during the 1985/6 season. I have to say that the anniversary of the tragedy had passed my mind as well, and I am sorry that there was not some sort of commemoration over this past weekend. RIP"


The story as I understand it is that Norman Glover did the middle at Valley Parade, and then stayed on the list for one further season. However, he was effectively traumatised by Valley Parade, and suffered flashbacks. The 1985/86 season was about his tenth on the middle of the FL, but he had a difficult time. I was subsequently at a meeting were Norman described writing his letter of resignation from the League list on the evening of Friday 2 May 1986 and then posting it on the way to his game on Saturday 3 May 1986, which was the last day of the season and his final game too. What I do not know is whether Norman anticipated being removed from the list and hence jumped before he was pushed.

What I cannot remember is what game Norman did on Saturday 3 May 1986. If we have a list of fixtures for that day, it should be ascertainable from local newspapers. What I can recall, some thirty-plus years later, is that it was a nondescript lower division game in the North of England. And there was no fanfare either, as only Norman knew that it was to be his last game.

The photograph attached is from https://imsvintagephotos.com/norman-glover-1028913, and shows a relatively young Norman Glover in action.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Sun 13 Sep 2020 15:21
Saturday 3rd May 1986

In the "North East" there were matches at Sunderland, Darlington and York

Sunderland needed a win to avoid relegation and that was taken by D. Hutchinson of Harrowgate

Darlington (13th) played Plymouth (2nd) who were already up - but no report found yet

York (7th) played Swansea (24th) who were already down - again no report yet

1   Birmingham   0 - 1   Arsenal
1   Chelsea   0 - 1   Liverpool
1   Coventry   2 - 1   QPR
1   Everton   6 - 1   Southampton
1   Leicester   2 - 0   Newcastle
1   Man City   1 - 1   Luton
1   Oxford   1 - 2   Nottm Forest
1   Sheff Wed   1 - 0   Ipswich
1   Tottenham   4 - 2   Aston Villa
1   Watford   1 - 1   Man Utd
1   West Brom   2 - 3   West Ham
2   Carlisle   2 - 3   Charlton
2   Crystal Palace   1 - 1   Sheff Utd
2   Huddersfield   0 - 1   Wimbledon
2   Millwall   2 - 2   Barnsley
2   Norwich   4 - 0   Leeds
2   Oldham   2 - 1   Fulham
2   Portsmouth   4 - 0   Bradford
2   Shrewsbury   2 - 1   Middlesbrough
2   Sunderland   2 - 0   Stoke
3   Blackpool   0 - 0   Newport C
3   Bournemouth   0 - 1   Walsall
3   Bristol C   3 - 0   Reading
3   Bury   0 - 0   Brentford
3   Cardiff   2 - 1   Lincoln
3   Chesterfield   3 - 0   Bolton
3   Darlington    0 - 2   Plymouth
3   Derby   1 - 1   Doncaster
3   Gillingham   2 - 0   Bristol R
3   Notts Co   1 - 0   Rotherham
3   Wigan   5 - 3   Wolves
3   York   3 - 1   Swansea
4   Aldershot   4 - 0   Preston
4   Cambridge U   3 - 0   Torquay
4   Exeter   1 - 2   Crewe
4   Leyton Orient   3 - 0   Burnley
4   Mansfield   0 - 1   Peterborough
4   Port Vale   0 - 0   Northampton
4   Scunthorpe   2 - 0   Chester
4   Wrexham   3 - 0   Stockport
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Timbo on Sun 13 Sep 2020 20:46
The game between Everton and Southampton is mentioned in the list above - it was the final game of Peter Willis.

The game between Wrexham and Stockport County is mentioned in the list above - it was the final game of J Ball. 

The Times of Monday 5 May 1986 (accessed via The Times Digital Archive 1785-2014) names just one referee from the previous Saturday's games - the West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United game was taken by Alan Robinson of Hampshire.

A programme found on eBay suggests that Mr K A Lupton was in the middle for the Blackpool versus Newport County game.

A programme found on eBay suggests that Mr M L James of Horsham was in the middle for the Bristol City versus Reading game.

A programme found on eBay suggests that Mr D B Allison of Lancaster was in the middle for the Sheffield Wednesday versus Ipswich Town game. 

A programme found on a supporters' blog suggests that Allan Gunn of Sussex was in the middle for the Watford versus Manchester United game.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Timbo on Sun 13 Sep 2020 21:43
Saturday 3rd May 1986 - updated list

1   Birmingham   0 - 1   Arsenal
1   Chelsea   0 - 1   Liverpool
1   Coventry   2 - 1   QPR
1   Everton   6 - 1   Southampton [Peter Willis]
1   Leicester   2 - 0   Newcastle
1   Man City   1 - 1   Luton
1   Oxford   1 - 2   Nottm Forest
1   Sheff Wed   1 - 0   Ipswich [Mr D B Allison]
1   Tottenham   4 - 2   Aston Villa
1   Watford   1 - 1   Man Utd [Allan Gunn]
1   West Brom   2 - 3   West Ham [Alan Robinson]
2   Carlisle   2 - 3   Charlton
2   Crystal Palace   1 - 1   Sheff Utd
2   Huddersfield   0 - 1   Wimbledon
2   Millwall   2 - 2   Barnsley
2   Norwich   4 - 0   Leeds
2   Oldham   2 - 1   Fulham
2   Portsmouth   4 - 0   Bradford
2   Shrewsbury   2 - 1   Middlesbrough
2   Sunderland   2 - 0   Stoke [D Hutchinson]
3   Blackpool   0 - 0   Newport C [Mr K A Lupton]
3   Bournemouth   0 - 1   Walsall
3   Bristol C   3 - 0   Reading [Mr M L James]
3   Bury   0 - 0   Brentford
3   Cardiff   2 - 1   Lincoln
3   Chesterfield   3 - 0   Bolton
3   Darlington    0 - 2   Plymouth
3   Derby   1 - 1   Doncaster
3   Gillingham   2 - 0   Bristol R
3   Notts Co   1 - 0   Rotherham
3   Wigan   5 - 3   Wolves
3   York   3 - 1   Swansea
4   Aldershot   4 - 0   Preston
4   Cambridge U   3 - 0   Torquay
4   Exeter   1 - 2   Crewe
4   Leyton Orient   3 - 0   Burnley
4   Mansfield   0 - 1   Peterborough
4   Port Vale   0 - 0   Northampton
4   Scunthorpe   2 - 0   Chester
4   Wrexham   3 - 0   Stockport [J Ball]
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Thu 17 Sep 2020 18:48
Norman Glover's final game was on Tuesday 6th May 1986 - Halifax 1 Mansfield 2 in Division 4. On Saturday 3rd May he refereed Hull v Brighton in Division 2 - Hull won 2-0. The match at Halifax was rearranged after being postponed on 28th December and in those days a referee would usually do the rearranged game - if it came after the end of the normal season this would then be their final game although the original appointment had been made many months earlier.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Thu 17 Sep 2020 18:55
It was a very long time ago, and I can quote neither the date nor the opponents, but I have a clear memory that Charles Nicholls' last game was at Brighton c.1970.  His impending retirement was mentioned several times over the PA system before kick-off, and Mr. Nicholls seemed not to wish to sully his final match with too many disciplinary activities; unfortunately the now forgotten opponents ultimately made this impossible to maintain for 90 minutes, and several names were taken before the final whistle.

Someone can probably fill in the gaps in my memory (or indicate that I have lost the plot totally)?

The game that probably fits the bill is Brighton v Portsmouth on Easter Monday 23rd April 1973 (a very late Easter!) Charles Nicholls definitely refereed that match which ended 1-1.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Thu 17 Sep 2020 19:51
Thanks LF and others for your contributions and suggestions. I am away at the moment enjoying some of the last days of sunshine (perhaps) in this troubled year, and I will look in more detail at this thread on my return home.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Timbo on Sat 19 Sep 2020 11:27
Norman Glover's final game was on Tuesday 6th May 1986 - Halifax 1 Mansfield 2 in Division 4. On Saturday 3rd May he refereed Hull v Brighton in Division 2 - Hull won 2-0. The match at Halifax was rearranged after being postponed on 28th December and in those days a referee would usually do the rearranged game - if it came after the end of the normal season this would then be their final game although the original appointment had been made many months earlier.

That sounds absolutely spot-on. Given that Norman was based in Chorley, both Halifax and Hull would have been regular haunts as FL appointments were regionalised in those days. In addition, my account of events could easily be flawed as I am trying to remember what I heard Norman say in a presentation to a referees' meeting in Huddersfield some 32 years ago ! 
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Sat 19 Sep 2020 11:44
Thank you all again for your contributions. I have now added to my database of final games:

C Nicholls - Brighton v Portsmouth, Apr 1973
N Glover - Halifax v Mansfield, May 1986
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Left Field on Sat 15 May 2021 14:35
The final game for Keith Styles (Barnsley) was Blackpool 0 Brentford 1, 5th May 1979.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Sat 15 May 2021 15:37
Thanks LF, I have added Keith Styles to my database. The end of a 14-year career as a FL referee, Like John Homewood who retired at the same time after 13 years, I think Keith could count himself unlucky that he didn't referee a FA Cup Final or League Cup Final. It was a great pity in my view that FAC Final refs such as Partridge, Kew and Taylor were also given the opportunity to referee a League Cup Final in the 1970s. In my view, it should have been one or the other, as it was from 1966 (2nd leg) to 1970. I saw Keith referee Palace v Chelsea and he was good in a quiet, unassuming way. Smallish chap and not nearly as demonstrative as some of his colleagues at the time. Kevin Friend reminds me of him.
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: Acme Thunderer on Sat 22 May 2021 09:37
I have added to my database:

G Salisbury, Wigan v Swindon, May 2021
L Mason, Man Utd v Fulham, May 2021

I will await official confirmation on others such as Darren Handley, Scott Duncan and James Adcock.

Edit - 'R Madley' now deleted from my database
Title: Re: Final Games
Post by: John Treleven on Sun 08 Aug 2021 13:21
John "Jack" Parker of Macclesfield injured his knee at Tranmere v Chester in Div3N on 29th Oct 1949

After a lay off he returned in late Dec but re-injured himself, ironically in the Chester v Tranmere return match on 18th March 1950

He consequently decided to resign, aged 46, rather than attempt what would have been his final season