Paul Taylor (referee)

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Paul Taylor
Assistant + Paul Taylor.JPG
Full name Paul Taylor
Born (1959-06-20) 20 June 1959 (age 55)
Enfield, Middlesex, England
Years League Role
? - ? Herts. County League Referee
? - ? Isthmian League Referee
? -1990 Panel League Comps. Referee
1986-1990 Football League Asst. referee
1990-1993 Football League Referee

1995-2000 Football League Referee
2000-2001 Premier League Referee
2001-2010 Football League Referee

Paul Taylor (born Enfield, Middlesex, 20 June 1959) was an English football referee, who also took charge of Premier League matches in 2000-2001 before reverting to the Football League. He also officiated in UEFA and FIFA competitions. He subsequently re-located to Hertfordshire.


He first began refereeing in 1977 and progressed via the Hertfordshire County League, the Isthmian League and the Panel League Competitions.

He was appointed as a Football League assistant referee in 1986 and promoted to referee in 1990. At this point he was aged only thirty and the youngest member on the List. The majority of his appointments over the next three seasons were in the lower divisions.

In 1993 he lost his place; under previous circumstances that would have been the end of his Football League career. Until 1993, demoted referees were not given another chance to get back onto the List. A change of policy, however, allowed him to revert to assistant status while refereeing in the Football Conference. In 1995 he successfully regained his refereeing place. This feat has since been matched by Brian Coddington, Fred Graham, Gary Lewis, Gary Sutton, Darren Drysdale and Steve Bratt.[citation needed]

Taylor had far greater success in his second spell on the List. Indeed he gained further promotion to the FA Premier League for the season 2000-01. However, following low markings and a number of controversies he was demoted to the Football League after just one season [1] where he continued to be one of its leading officials.

Taylor refereed the Hertfordshire Senior County Cup Final, the FA Sunday Cup Final and several international matches at both Youth and semi-professional level. He also officiated in the Football League Play-Offs on six occasions including the League Two Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2006.[2]

Other notable appointments included refereeing Cheltenham Town’s first game in the Football League[3] and Southampton's last match at The Dell versus Arsenal.[4]

His overseas appointments included the 2000-01 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round fixture between Dynamo Kiev and Red Star Belgrade. Taylor refereed his first senior FIFA International between Nigeria and Venezuela in August 2003. In 2004 he was fourth official at the FA Trophy Final.[5] In the same year, he retired from international refereeing due to age restrictions. In 2005 he became a County Accredited Referees Instructor and in 2006 qualified as a National Licensed Instructor.

The 2007-08 season was due to be his final one as a League referee before retirement, however after appealing the decision to remove him from the National List of referees because of age, he was included for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.[6] He refereed the Ipswich v Preston match on the opening day of the 2008-2009 Championship season.[7]

His final fixture was the League One match between Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham on 8 May 2010. He now works as a Referee Coach for the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd.


Taylor was involved in two unusual controversial incidents during the 2000-01 season.

On 19 August 2000 he was the fourth official for the Sunderland v Arsenal game. He alleged that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had pushed him in the tunnel after the match. Wenger was eventually unanimously cleared of a charge of threatening behavior.[8]

On 14 October 2000 it was alleged that he made insulting and personal remarks to Notts County player Sean Farrell during the game against Wigan Athletic. The case against Taylor was dismissed at a disciplinary hearing in February 2001.[9]



  • Football League Handbooks, 1986–89
  • Rothmans / Sky Sports Football Yearbooks, 1990–2006


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  2. ^ League Two Play-off Final, 2006: website.
  3. ^ Cheltenham's first ever League match: website.
  4. ^ Last ever match played at The Dell, Southampton v. Arsenal: report from website.
  5. ^ Profile: the Football League Official website.
  6. ^ National List of Referees 2008-2009
  7. ^ website
  8. ^
  9. ^ [1] Referee pays for tiff with Wenger.

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