Jeff Winter

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Jeffrey "Jeff" Winter (born 18 April 1955 in Middlesbrough, England)[1] is a former Premier League referee.

Refereeing career[edit]

Winter took charge of the 2004 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Millwall, his final game as a professional referee before retirement. Winter also appeared as an official on the BBC TV programme Superstars.

Since 2006, he has officiated in the annual series of national six-a-side tournaments called Masters Football, referees for which are FA endorsed. This competition features ex-professional footballers chosen by the PFA, and is televised on Sky Sports.[2]

Media work[edit]

He worked for TFM Radio on Teesside until June 2008[3] and currently writes many columns for local and national media, all of which can be found on his official site.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He supports Middlesbrough F.C. and Rangers. It is rumoured he was due to officiate in the 2004 Football League Cup Final only to be ruled out due to Middlesbrough appearing in the final against Bolton Wanderers so was instead there as a fan. In October 2015, he was arrested in connection with racist comments made on his Twitter account.


Winter brought out his autobiography in 2006, entitled Who's The B*****d In The Black?. In 2012 he caused controversy with an anti-Catholic rant on his Twitter website.[5]



Preceded by
Graham Barber
FA Cup Final Referee
Succeeded by
Rob Styles