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One Night at the Palace: A Referee’s Story, by Alan Wilkie 0

Posted on September 02, 2011 by samh

One Night at the Palace: A Referee’s Story, by Alan Wilkie with George Miller (2002)

Alan Wilkie’s story of his progression through the refereeing ranks is an entertaining read, punctuated with many anecdotes.

It manages to convey to some degree just how difficult the job of a referee can be at times, yet also how rewarding it can be for those who are good enough. The book also offers an interesting insight into just how petty some managers can be in top-flight football.

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Who’s the B*****d in the Black?: Confessions of a Premiership Referee 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Who’s the B*****d in the Black?: Confessions of a Premiership Referee, by Jeff Winter (2006)

EVER wondered what it is like to step out on to a pitch with 50,000 fans screaming abuse at you, while you try to make an informed decision? Or what really gets said between players or managers in the tunnel?

This book will finally tell you the truth of what it is like out there as no other has before. Over the course of the Premiership, Jeff Winter became one of our most high-profile and popular referees. Not a stickler, but someone who always tried, as a fan himself, to adapt to the needs of moment. Read more…

The Man in the Middle, by David Elleray 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

The Man in the Middle, by David Elleray (2004)

This entertaining and revealing memoir tells of referee David Elleray’s involvement at the highest level of the national and international game over four decades.

It is a story of ambition, achievement and incident covering a career that has taken him all over the world from Yeltsin’s Kremlin to the biggest match in Brazilian domestic football, to Wembley Cup Finals, to on and off-field confrontations with some of the game’s biggest names, to death threats and police protection.

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The Rules of the Game, by Pierluigi Collina 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

The Rules of the Game, by Pierluigi Collina (2003)

On June 30, 2002, Pierluigi Collina officiated over Brazil and Germany in the World Cup Final.

A matter of weeks later he was back on the field refereeing an Italian Cup first round encounter between Sampdoria and Siena. This vantage point makes Collina well-placed to comment on the game, on the stars, the media and the matches he has overseen, including England’s world cup victory over Argentina and Manchester United’s dramatic treble-winning European Cup Final.

This book takes the reader into the world of the referee, the preparation needed for each game, the managing of players and the other officials and the camaraderie behind the scenes. Collina describes how it feels to make a difficult decision, the pressures from the crowd and the players while taking us through the most important, and significant, matches he has refereed.

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