Darren Deadman

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Darren Deadman
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Full name Darren Deadman
Born Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Other occupation Civil servant
Years League Role
2000-2005 Isthmian League Assistant referee
2005- The Football League Referee

Darren Deadman is an English football referee who generally officiates in the Football League but has also taken charge of FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Trophy matches; additionally he has fulfilled the role of fourth official in some Premier League fixtures.

He is based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.


Deadman started officiating in the Football League in 2005, having previously been an assistant referee in the lower Isthmian League.

In August 2009, Carlisle United made a complaint about Deadman after he allegedly shouted encouragement to a Millwall player during a League One match between the two teams. The complaint was later dropped.[1]

Deadman's most notable appointment to date came in May 2011, when he officiated the League Two play-off final at Old Trafford. He issued four yellow cards during the final, in which Stevenage won promotion by defeating Torquay United 1–0.[2]

In November 2011, Deadman officiated a Championship match between Doncaster Rovers and Middlesbrough. When Doncaster striker Billy Sharp scored in the 14th minute, he revealed a T-shirt underneath his club jersey which contained the message "That's for you son", in tribute to his newborn son who died two days prior.[3] Deadman elected not to book Sharp, even though such a celebration (the removal of the jersey) requires the referee to show a yellow card to the player under the laws of the game.[4]


Deadman came under fire from Crawley Town manager Richie Barker after his refereeing of the side's League One fixture against Portsmouth in September 2012. Barker accused Deadman of "ruining" the match after the official sent off Crawley midfielder Josh Simpson in the first half for two debatable yellow cards. In the second half he dismissed Crawley player Hope Akpan and elected not to send-off Portsmouth's Brian Howard after he appeared to commit a professional foul on Dannie Bulman. Portsmouth won the game 3–0.[5]

In December 2012, the Football Association investigated allegations that Deadman aimed an obscene gesture at Southend United supporters during a League Two match.[6] He was cleared of the accusation.[7]

Deadman was criticised in April 2013 by Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones, who was subsequently ordered by the FA to serve a two-match ban from the touchline after his complaints about the referee's performance in Wednesday's 1–1 Championship draw against Bristol City.[8]

In August 2013, Deadman was censured by Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson following his officating of a Championship match against Charlton Athletic. The referee showed a second yellow card to Leicester's Matty James for dissent, elected not to award any penalty kicks despite a number of appeals, and allowed Charlton's winner to stand despite an apparent foul on Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the build-up.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Deadman lives in Chatteris, near Peterborough, with his wife and two children. His hobbies include horse racing and spending time with his family.[10][11]