Nigel Kahn’s Column

Lifetime Collecting Prt 2

This week I continue on giving you all a taste of my collection and perhaps some examples of some of the easy ways for kids to start their own collections without spending too much money (to begin with)
When I say I collect anything to do with West Ham I generally do mean anything, if it has a badge or link to the club, I’m interested. I may not buy it but I’m always interested and the more obscure the better I like it, even to the point I have a carrier bag collection.
Ticket stubs were again, one of the first things I kept. As with my programmes, it just started as not throwing anything away but then it grew. It was helpful my Uncle was in the ticket (cough) industry so could supply me easily with them.

The pic shows some of my favourites, including the Liverpool East Terrace ticket and the Spurs South Bank ticket. Special for two reasons, not many terraces back in the day needed a ticket to get onto them, you just queued up and paid on the door, so to have those two is rare I like to think. What sets them apart is they have the counterfoil, which makes them not only very rare but adds a bit to the value I’m told. But as I say to those who ask about the value of stuff I have, its only worth it, if I was selling, since I’m a collector, not a seller, I’m not interested in its worth.
Over the years the west ham ticket style constantly changed, but I believe I have at least 1 ticket from every year since the late 70s. Of course these days with ticket scanning, you can’t tell if a ticket has been used or not but I have some very nice tickets from games gone by. Ive shown some of my England tickets as well, I must admit the old Wembley tickets are my favourites.

I think the cigarette card collections started in the 1920s, I bought a set at Walthamstow town hall boot sale 1 Sunday for about £20 I think back in 1992, I had just bought my 1st house and thought my neighbour who was in his 80s would love to hear about them, he was blind but used to go West Ham back in the day before he lost his sight.
I was sitting in his living room, showing reading him out the names, What you know about Len Gouldon, I said. Len said his wife, that’s old Len across the road, used to play for West Ham. So off Isabelle went to get Old Len, in he came, and, yes, The cigarette card I had of West Hams own Len Gouldon was indeed Old Len. He then tells us that Tommy Lawton was the best forward of the time, had great feet, in his opinion, better than Dixie Dean.
You can see the card with Old Len in the picture, the more modern-day collection came from the fake cigarette sweets we used to get as kids, I only bought them to get the cards as I never really liked those sticks, too sweet for me. The West Ham collection in the binder is Hammers News all-time West Ham 100. A collection that came every month with Hammers News every month I think around 2008.
Also, are some of the very modern-day Match Attax cards, I bought a complete set for my son years ago when trying to get him into football. He wasn’t interested so I gave it away, apart from of course the west ham cards. All add to the collection.

The fanzine started appearing around the late 80s, the first I remembered was On The terraces, swiftly followed by Over Land & Sea. Some of the others are also found in the picture, The Ironworks Gazette which was the name of the actual in house Thames Ironworks magazine that carried the advert by Dave Taylor that he was setting up a football team and needs players. On a mission, The Water in Majorca and the oddly named, We ate all the pies all followed in the 90s. It’s great to read them at times to get a sense of what fans thought at the time and the humour found in them is sadly missing from today’s West Ham. The pic below shows a short-lived but excellent fanzine, 5 Managers. Which was produced for just the last season at the Boleyn, as well as the great Ex Hammer which for me is sadly missed and Blowing Bubbles, which if I’m honest, I struggle to see as a fanzine as its too well produced? Add to the fact they had David Gold write for them I can’t say im a fan of it. If anyone knows of any others please let me know

Lastly for today, if any of you heard last weeks Moore than just a podcast, podcast, then you would have heard about a West Ham programme that recently sold for over 3,000 pounds. it was from the 60s I think but it was for a game that was never played as it was called off in advance, and apparently, there was only 2 known in existence.
I then mentioned that I used to go to the ground if a game was called off and buy a programme if they were on sale.
The first time I did this was Boxing Day 1979, my uncle came to pick me up but said the game was called off. I got upset so he took me to the ground to prove it was off, outside the gates was a programme seller so my uncle bought me one to try to cheer me up.
The game wasn’t played until April which obviously means a totally different programme was needed.
The game itself is well known as Billy Bonds was sent off for fighting with Colin Todd that night and also it was the first game back at Upton Park of local lad and former hero, Alan Curbishley.
I can’t say I know what the Un-played game programme is worth but as I said before, Its only worth something if I’m selling.

Thanks for reading

Dan Coker's Match Preview

Crossed Hammers & Three Lions: Kieron Dyer

Welcome to the latest in a series of articles designed for international matchdays – a look back at former Hammers players who wore the Three Lions of England.

Today, as England prepare to face Switzerland in the inaugural Nations League Third Place Play-Off, we look back at a former Hammers and England midfielder. Kieron Dyer was born in Ipswich on 29th December 1978 and came through the youth system at his hometown club, making his full debut in 1996. He played for England Under-20s and Under-21s, as well as the B team, and made 112 appearances in his first spell at Ipswich, scoring 12 goals.

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After reaching the Play-Offs in each of his three seasons as a first team player at Portman Road but failing to secure a promotion, Dyer joined Premier League Newcastle in the summer of 1999 for a fee of £6m, with the Magpies outbidding Harry Redknapp’s West Ham to clinch his signature. He was the only English player signed by Ruud Gullit during his spell as Newcastle’s manager. The 20-year-old Dyer made his England debut at right-back under Kevin Keegan in a 6-0 European Championship qualifying win against Luxembourg at Wembley on 4th September 1999. He missed out on a place in Keegan’s Euro 2000 squad but was selected in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s party for the 2002 World Cup, and made three substitute appearances against Sweden, Denmark and Brazil. Dyer was also part of Eriksson’s 23-man squad for Euro 2004 in Portugal, and made one substitute appearance against Switzerland, detailed at the end of this piece. He missed out on a place at the 2006 World Cup due to a hamstring injury.

After eight seasons at St James’ Park, taking in 250 appearances and 36 goals, Dyer moved to Alan Curbishley’s West Ham United for £6m in August 2007, joining up with former Newcastle team-mates Scott Parker, Craig Bellamy (who had both signed for the Hammers earlier in the summer) and Lee Bowyer. The 28-year-old Dyer played the full 90 minutes of his Hammers debut in a 1-0 victory at Birmingham on 18th August 2007. Four days later, Dyer won his 33rd and final England cap against Germany in a 2-1 friendly defeat at Wembley. Dyer never scored a senior goal for his country.

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Dyer also played the full 90 minutes of his home debut for the Irons, a 1-1 home draw with Wigan, but disaster struck at Bristol Rovers in a League Cup second round match when Dyer broke both the tibia and fibula of his right leg following a tackle by Joe Jacobsen. Dyer himself takes up the tale, writing in his autobiography:

“Breaking my leg in 2007 was the beginning of a long, debilitating, dispiriting process that killed my career. It led to the West Ham hierarchy trying to shame me, because I played so few games for the club. I’d tell any young injured player to get the best person available to look after you. West Ham didn’t feel it was necessary to do that. I wish I’d taken control and stuck up for myself. You start to hate yourself because you can’t get back to doing the thing you love – and you get slammed by the press, owners and fans.”

Dyer made his return just over 16 months later as a substitute in a 3-0 FA Cup third round home win against Barnsley on 3rd January 2009. He didn’t start a match until April 2009. Dyer goes on to discuss how he became embarrassed to say he had an injury, saying that he had played on after suffering an injury on more than one occasion to avoid the “shame” of walking off the pitch.

“Later at West Ham I felt my thigh pop with my last kick of training. My heart sank. I was in pain but it was nothing compared to the dread, disappointment and embarrassment flooding over me. I couldn’t tell the physio so I said my thigh was tight, even though I knew I’d pulled it. I was trying to convince myself too. On the morning of our first game of the 2009/10 season [at Wolves] we did a fitness test in the hotel corridor. Stabbing pains were shooting through my thigh with every stride I took but somehow I passed and played with a grade one tear in my thigh.”

Dyer didn’t score in 35 appearances for the club and donned the claret and blue for the final time as a substitute in a 3-1 League Cup semi-final second leg defeat at Birmingham in January 2011.

“After I left West Ham, joint chairman David Gold said I had cost the club £16million in fees and wages. That was a classy touch. When Gold and David Sullivan bought the club they talked about the extraordinary wages West Ham were paying and how one player who had barely played ought to have the decency to retire. The arrow was pointing right at me. West Ham fans would say what a waste of money I was. I didn’t score a goal for them in four years and didn’t play four or five games on the trot, ever. But you know what? Every time I went out there, they were brilliant with me and I will always remember that. It kills me that they didn’t even see a fraction of what I once was.”

Dyer had a loan spell at Ipswich in 2011 as the Hammers struggled vainly against relegation and moved permanently to QPR on a free transfer in the summer of that year. He retired after a short spell at Middlesbrough in 2013. Now 40, Dyer is the assistant manager of Ipswich’s Under-18 side.

Switzerland v England

England face Switzerland this afternoon in the Nations League Third Place Play-Off – it will be the 26th meeting between the two nations. The pair have met in a European Championships Finals on two previous occasions, with the Three Lions winning one of those games on Portuguese soil, 3-0 in the group stages at Euro 2004. The match was played in front of 30,616 at the Estadio Municipal de Coimbra on 17th June 2004. Mario Winana featuring Enya and P Diddy was number one with ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban topped the UK box office and Ken Livingstone had just been announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London.

Switzerland fell behind after 23 minutes when Everton’s Wayne Rooney converted a Michael Owen cross to register his sixth goal for the Three Lions, becoming (at the time) the youngest player to score in a European Championship. Swiss right-back Bernt Haas was sent off on the hour mark for picking up two yellow cards and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England doubled their lead with 15 minutes left when Rooney’s rifled shot hit the post and richocheted off goalkeeper Jorg Stiel’s head into the net. Steven Gerrard completed the scoring in the 82nd minute when he turned home Gary Neville’s cross. Today’s featured player, Kieron Dyer, came on as a substitute for Rooney a minute later.

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Switzerland: Jorg Stiel (captain, Borussia Monchengladbach), Bernt Haas (West Brom), Patrick Muller (Lyon), Murat Yakin (Basel), Christoph Spycher (Grasshopper), Fabio Celestini (Marseille), Raphael Wicky (Hamburg), Benjamin Huggel (Basel), Hakan Yakin (Stuttgart), Stephane Chapuisat (Young Boys), Alexander Frei (Rennes).

Subs: Daniel Gygax (Zurich) for Chapuisat; Ricardo Cabanas (Grasshopper) for Celestini; Johann Vonlanthen (PSV) for Hakan Yakin.

England: David James (Man City), Gary Neville (Man Utd), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), David Beckham (captain, Real Madrid), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paul Scholes (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Everton), Michael Owen (Liverpool).

Subs: Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich) for Scholes, Darius Vassell (Aston Villa) for Owen, Kieron Dyer (Newcastle) for Rooney.

The previous articles in the series are:

Vic Watson
Jack Tresadern
Billy Moore
Ken Brown
Bobby Moore
Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne
Sir Geoff Hurst
Martin Peters
Frank Lampard Senior
Sir Trevor Brooking
Alan Devonshire
Alvin Martin
Paul Goddard
Rio Ferdinand
Stuart Pearce
Frank Lampard Junior
Joe Cole
David James
Robert Green
Stewart Downing

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West Ham's Swiss Connections

With England playing Switzerland in the Nations League Third-Place Play-Off tomorrow, here’s my look at the Hammers’ Swiss Connections…

Valon Behrami

Valon Behrami was born in Mitrovica, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo) on 19th April 1985 but moved to an Italian-speaking village in Switzerland when he was five. He began his career with Lugano in 2002 before moving to Italy a year later, signing for Genoa. An all-action midfielder who could also play at right-back, he spent the 2004/05 season on loan at Verona before joining Lazio permanently in 2005, initially in a co-ownership deal which was made outright in January 2006. Behrami also made his first appearance for Switzerland in 2005.

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In July 2008, the 23-year-old Behrami was signed in a £5m deal by Alan Curbishley as West Ham’s main summer purchase. He made his debut at right-back in a 2-1 home win against Wigan on 16th August 2008, the opening day of the 2008/09 season. Curbishley left the club just four matches into the campaign and was replaced by Gianfranco Zola – Behrami, now a fixture in midfield, scored his first goal under the Italian’s tutelage in a 1-0 win at Sunderland on 23rd November 2008. His only other goal in his first campaign came in a 2-0 FA Cup fourth round win at Hartlepool on 24th January 2009. His season was ended in March 2009 when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a home match against Manchester City – the injury would keep him out for six months.

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The Hammers struggled against relegation in 2009/10 with Behrami scoring just one goal, a crucial early strike in a 3-0 home win over Hull on 20th February 2010. Behrami was part of the Switzerland squad which exited the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at the group stage – he was sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Chile. He made just eight appearances in the first half of the 2010/11 season under Avram Grant but scored two goals – the first in a 2-2 draw at Birmingham on 6th November 2010, with his final goal for the club coming three weeks later in a 3-1 home win over Wigan. Behrami made his last appearance in claret and blue in a 5-0 defeat at Newcastle on 5th January 2011 – he had scored five goals in 60 appearances for West Ham United. These five goals can be viewed in my video below.

Behrami left West Ham for Fiorentina in late January 2011 but departed for Napoli the following year. He moved to Germany, joining Hamburg in 2014, before returning to the Premier League with Watford in 2015. He returned to Italian football in 2017, signing for Udinese – now 34, Behrami is captain of the Serie A side. He has won 83 caps for his country, scoring twice.

Fabio Daprela

Fabio Daprela was born in Zurich on 19th February 1991. He started his career with Grasshopper, coming through the youth ranks before making his senior debut in 2007. A left-back, the 18-year-old Daprela moved to Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham United in 2009 – he had already represented Switzerland at Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He made his debut on 3rd January 2010 in a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup third round and made three consecutive starts in March 2010 – the Hammers lost all three matches against Chelsea (4-1), Arsenal (2-0) and Wolves (3-1). Daprela made three substitute appearances in April 2010, including crucial home victories over Sunderland (1-0) and Wigan (3-2), the latter securing survival in the Premier League. His eighth and final appearance in claret and blue came on the final day of the 2009/10 campaign as Daprela played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 home draw with Manchester City on 9th May 2010, a game which would also be Zola’s last as manager at the club.

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Daprela joined Italian side Brescia in August 2010 and spent three years with the Lombardy-based club before moving to Palermo. Daprela had represented the Swiss Olympic team at London 2012, and would win the Serie B title with his Sicilian club. He joined Carpi midway through the club’s debut season in Serie A in January 2016 but could not halt the club’s slide towards relegation. He signed for Chievo Verona later that year but swiftly joined Bari on loan. Daprela returned to Switzerland in 2017, signing for Lugano – now 28, he is still with the club.

Edimilson Fernandes

Edimilson Fernandes was born in Sion on 15th April 1996. He started his career with Sion, coming through the youth system and making his debut in 2013. He played every minute of Sion’s Europa League campaign in 2015/16 before the club were knocked out by Braga in the last 32; he also made his debut for the Swiss Under-21 side during this season. He signed for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United in the summer of 2016 for a £5m fee at the age of 20.

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The cousin of both Gelson and Manuel Fernandes, Edimilson made his debut in a 1-0 League Cup third round win over Accrington Stanley on 21st September 2016. His only goal for the club came in the next round of the competition, and proved to be the winner in a 2-1 triumph over Chelsea on 26th October 2016 at London Stadium. The goal can be viewed in my video below.

Fernandes made 32 appearances in 2016/17, 12 of which were starts. He made his debut for the senior Switzerland side in November 2016. Mainly at home in a central or attacking midfield position, Fernandes also played on both flanks during his time in claret and blue – the 2017/18 campaign saw him make 16 appearances, 11 of which were starts. He played particularly well at Wembley as the Hammers defeated Tottenham 3-2 in the League Cup fourth round.

Fernandes spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A and signed permanently for German club Mainz last week. He had made 48 appearances for West Ham United, scoring one goal. Now 23, he is currently a member of Switzerland’s Nations League squad.

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My West Ham Story

The New Kit: Looking Back to the Past or Another Step Forward?

West Ham United’s 2019/20 new Home and Away kits were unveiled last week and, as the official website have let us know, the all-white 1980 FA Cup-inspired away shirts are “proving particularly popular with supporters“. For me though West Ham’s new home kit is something very special, because the original shirt which has inspired Umbro, was used back in the time when I first came across West Ham United.

In these times, when I was attending grammar school in my home town in Lower Austria, my classmates and I were very much interested in English football. In 1975-76 Liverpool had won the UEFA Cup and then, for six seasons in a row, the “Champions League” of this age was won by English clubs: from 1977 to 1982 Liverpool were winners of the European Cup three times, Nottingham Forest won it twice and Aston Villa once! English clubs hence were the best in Europe and that drew my and my classmates’ attention to the First Division of the English Football League. Back in these days every Sunday the evening sports show in Austrian TV had some of the goals that had been scored over the weekend on the often deep and muddy pitches of the English grounds. And the FA Cup Final could even be watched “live” every year on Austrian TV!

Goalkeeper shirts had to be green

The English goalkeepers in these days always wore green shirts, and so I also got me a green goalkeeper shirt for the matches we played in school (a colour which I had always liked because it is the colour of my favourite Austrian club, Rapid Vienna). Playing in goal myself, I was particularly interested in English goalkeepers, and it was Phil Parkes of Queens Park Rangers to whom I paid special attention, because one of my close friends, with whom I shared the passion for Rapid Vienna, had already become a loyal supporter of the Hoops.

The fascination of claret & blue

But not only blue and white hoops had caught my attention, also these claret shirts with the blue sleeves were something very special for us, because West Ham’s and Aston Villa’s “claret and blue” were completely unusual colours for football shirts in Austria.

Therefore I also kept an eye on West Ham’s results and when the club won the FA Cup in 1975 and reached the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final, also the Hammers became one of the teams to watch! And that brings us back to the new home shirt, because the strip which served as a model for the 2019 claret home shirt (shoulders, upper part of the chest and sleeves in blue) was used from 1976 to 1980 and was first sported in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final in Bruxelles against Anderlecht in May 1976. I watched this game on TV and I have kept a newspaper cutting of the match report showing then West Ham keeper Mervin Day and a West Ham defender in the new shirt.

These days also were the time when I first travelled to England in 1976, repeating that journey in 1977. And then I visited Scotland some years later in 1980 when I already studied at university. But as all of these trips only could take place in July, my hosts would just treat me to a match of cricket and no live football could be watched! But on our trip through Europe with an “interrail ticket” in 1977 we were able to manage getting to Kaiserslautern in Germany to watch our first live game of an English team: QPR played a friendly there on the Betzenberg against 1. FCK. Phil Parkes still played for QPR then.

Phil Parkes, Trevor Brooking and FA Cup glory

When Phil Parkes moved from Loftus Road to Upton Park in 1979 for a transfer fee of £ 565,000, being the most expensive goalkeeper at the time, attention switched from QPR to West Ham more and more, and I can confirm that QPR was not on my radar anymore. And I remember very well to have watched the FA Cup final 1980 when the Hammers won the Cup thanks to Trevor Brooking’s famous header which beat Arsenal: “1-0 to the Cockney boys!”

The 1976 home shirt was used by the Hammers for today unbelievable four seasons, but in 1980, as we all know, this shirt was not the one which Trevor Brooking sported on the Wembley pitch against Arsenal in May 1980, when the Hammers won silverware for the last time in their history so far. In that final both of the teams played in their away kit: the Gunners in yellow shirts and blue shorts (well, and the shorts could really be called “short” these days!), and West Ham in all-white. Therefore it’s no surprise that the new white Umbro away kit inspired by the cup win of 1980 has proved so popular among West Ham’s fans that its pre-orders have hit record numbers since its launch last week. I’m sure I will be tempted to order one as well soon, especially as since last season non-sponsored shirts are available in all sizes, not only for children. But somewhere in my wardrobe I should already have an old white cup final replica shirt, just couldn’t find it the other day.

Quite some years already

I also have some old shirts of my Austrian favourite team Rapid Vienna of course, which I started to support in primary school. When I became a “Rapidfan” by the end of the sixties, it took them 14 years to repeat their winning of the Austrian championship, albeit they had won it in 1967 and 1968 for the 24th and 25th time in their history. And with West Ham it’s even worse: Now it’s almost forty years since winning the FA Cup in 1980, and even the latest cup final in which West Ham have played dates back to 2006, quite some years already!

Fourteen years seemed to be a very long time for a young guy, whereas I now feel that the 14 years since West Ham’s promotion back to the Premier League in 2005 (which was followed by a fantastic season under the tenure of Alan Pardew with the highlight of the cup final against Liverpool) have passed very quickly. But forty years are quite a long period also for an older man, aren’t they? And haven’t older people got the habit to become impatient from time to time? Will there ever be a season when the Irons win some silverware again? Maybe next season, forty years after 1980?

If the shirt can help that task and inspire the Hammers to return to Wembley glory, as FA Cup-winning defender Alvin Martin is quoted on the official website , so be it. But more important is who’s at the helm as manager and which kind of business he can do in the summer. Therefore I’m happy with the shirt, but I also say: “In Pellegrini we trust!” Manager Manuel Pellegrini has started to build something special at West Ham and we have already seen a change of mentality of the team in several games throughout the last season.

Let’s hope that the new kits do not only serve as mere reminiscence of former success, but will bring back some silverware to the club in the near future! West Ham have made some big steps forward in the transition season that was 2018/19. Now they should be ready for the next level if MP is allowed to continue what he has begun.

Let the “Pellegrini Regulation” continue! Come on you Irons!

Talking Point

'Stuck in the Middle with You'

On Monday evening alongside a few friends I returned to my old school to play in the local six a side league. We drew 1-1 but once we get fitter and used to playing with each other again, we’ll be storming the league. On the website for this six a side league, the standard of refereeing is said to be FA quality, but on Monday it certainly did not feel like it! The bloke who was on the larger side to be polite, stood on the side lines and appeared more interested in the other game on the adjacent pitch! I’ve decided therefore to discuss the contentious topic of refereeing.

In an interesting article written by Jonathan Freedland, in which he briefly discusses refereeing and the abuse they get from football fans, he refers to the progress made with referees in the NBA (National Basketball Association).

He writes ’The NBA has built a state-of-the-art “replay center” in Secaucus, New Jersey, complete with 110 screens connected by super-fast cables, where a disputed incident on the court can be viewed from any angle, slowed down to a 60th of a second. Basketball referees have become fitter too: no more “fatboys”’

The Premier League could take a lot from America’s premier basketball league. Of course it will be fascinating to see how the introduction of VAR impacts games next season: I hope we get a few more penalties! If I was a referee at the highest level of football, I’d be aware that you will never be able to please everyone but I would want to give myself the best chance not to make mistakes. Clearly all the referees have to pass fitness tests, but some would surely be better off shedding some timber to give themselves the best chance of doing their job as well as possible. As I’ve said previously, I try to avoid criticising the referee as much as possible as sometimes it can simply cover up a poor performance from the team. However, we must hope VAR reduces some blatant mistakes that have been made (Liverpool at home, United away, Leicester at home etc).

In my time playing youth football I encountered numerous referees, some of which were pretty good and others who were not. As both a person and a footballer I like to think of myself as calm and collected, therefore I never verbally abused referees. The best referees I experienced were those who allowed the captains to discuss events on the pitch within reason and who explained their decisions. The referees who demanded no back chat were often the ones who lost control of the game and were rather condescending. Clearly at the level of football I played at, the referees did not have to be in peak physical condition but obviously it helped if they moved from the centre circle! Put it this way, if a foul occurs which could potentially be given either way, the referee is more likely to give it the way of the team who does not constantly complain and question every decision.

I agree with my Dad in that being a referee is a very difficult job, and certainly not one I would want to do. Hopefully the standard of officiating improves next season and we get the rub of the green a bit more. We shall see, but perhaps before criticising an official next season, pause and consider whether you are really angry about a decision or simply the team being poor.

Coincidentally after writing this, I remembered my friend Rhys is probably starting a referee course very soon. With a bit of luck we shall one day see him officiating in the Premier League!

Hope everyone is well, have a good week.

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