White made the Football League referees list at the age of thirty three in 1973, after four years as a linesman. He made rapid progress and reached the FIFA Panel around 1978. He achieved the honour of refereeing the 1982 FA Cup Final, featuring two London clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR. He also handled the subsequent replay, eventually awarding Tottenham the penalty with which they won the Cup.
He then went on to referee in the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. He featured in three matches - refereeing the first round Group C match between Belgium and Hungary, which ended 1–1, and acting as a linesman for the first round Group F game when the Soviet Union beat New Zealand 3–0 and for the goalless draw between Poland and the Soviet Union in the second round.
At this stage White seemed to have marked himself out as the leading English referee with potentially another six years before retirement. However, soon after, he was convicted of deception and resigned from the League list on 30 July 1982.
- Football League Handbooks, 1969-1972.
- †Rothmans Football Yearbook 1982-1983, Queen Anne Press, p34
- Birthdate Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine confirmation: (in German) Weltfußball.de website.
- 1982 FA Cup Final and Replay Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine match reports: FA-CupFinals.co.uk website.
- Belgium v. Hungary, 1982 World Cup: PlanetWorldCup website.
- Soviet Union v. New Zealand, 1982 World Cup: PlanetWorldCup website.
- Poland v. Soviet Union, 1982 World Cup: PlanetWorldCup website.
- "World Cup referee is fined £1,500". The Guardian. 17 July 1982.
- "White resigns". Daily Mail. 31 July 1982.
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