Keith Burge

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Keith Burge
Full name Walter KeAith Burge
Born (1950-08-10) 10 August 1950 (age 66)
Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff,
Glamorgan, Wales
Other occupation Civil servant
Years League Role
1986-1992 Football League Referee
1992-1999 Premier League Referee
Years League Role
1986-1995 FIFA listed Referee

William Keith Burge[1] (known as Keith Burge and born 10 August 1950[2]) is a Welsh former football referee. He officiated in the English Football League and Premier League, and for FIFA. He hails from Tonypandy in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Glamorgan. His other occupation is as a civil servant.[3]


He was appointed as a referee to the Football League in 1986, at the age of thirty-five - the last Welsh referee to join the English list, as this option was withdrawn by UEFA in 1997.[3][4]

He was on the first list of referees to officiate in the new Premier League for the 1992-93 season, and made his debut there on 5 September 1992, taking charge of the 3-2 win by Wimbledon over Arsenal at Plough Lane.[5]

He was a FIFA official until 1995, when he reached the international retirement age of forty-five. One of his last appointments was in the Euro '96 qualifying tournament, when Lithuania drew 0-0 at home to Croatia on 29 March 1995.[6]

Domestically, he retained his place on the Premier League list for six seasons, until he retired from refereeing completely after his final match in the Premier League, a 2-1 win by Manchester United over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on 1 May 1999.[7]


  1. ^ Full name, confirmed on statistical webpage: website.
  2. ^ Birthday confirmation: PDF newsletter (UEFA Direct, p.23).
  3. ^ a b Article about Burge: Sunday Mirror online, via the FindArticles service.
  4. ^ Last Welsh referee on English list: mention in a HTML-based cached version of the Monmouthshire Referees online PDF newsletter (03-2003, p.3).
  5. ^ First Premier League match, Wimbledon v. Arsenal, 1992: website.
  6. ^ Lithuania v. Croatia, Euro '96 qualifying: RSSSF statistical website.
  7. ^ Last ever match, Man Utd v. Aston Villa, 1999: website.

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