|Full name||Darren Drysdale|
18 February 1971 |
|Other occupation||RAF sergeant|
|? - ?||Northern Alliance||Referee|
|? –1997||Northern Premier League||Referee|
|1996–1998||Football League||Asst. referee|
|1998–2004||Premier League||Asst. referee|
|2002–2004||UEFA listed||Asst. referee|
He has been refereeing since 1988, officiating in the Northern Alliance and Northern Premier League. He became an assistant referee for the Football League in 1996, and in 1997 progressed to Conference North referee.
He was appointed to the (Football League) National List of referees in 2004. Also in 2004, on 6 March, he was named Combined Services Sports Official of the Year, due to his work for sport within the RAF. He had been posted to the Middle East at this time, so his parents travelled to London to receive the award from the Princess Royal on his behalf.
His first Football League game was a 0-0 draw between Rushden & Diamonds and Kidderminster Harriers on 7 August 2004. His first game at Championship level was the 2-0 home win for Leicester City against Gillingham on 22 January 2005.
- Birthdate and profile Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
- Appointed to 2000 FA Cup Final, assistant referee: from an article at the BBC News website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
- First ever Football League game in charge: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
- First Championship match as referee: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
- "Car park rage...": the Dean Windass ban for verbal abuse, 2007: Sky Sports website report. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.