Ray Tinkler

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Raymond Tinkler (born c. 1929), who comes from Boston, Lincolnshire, is an English former football referee who served on the Football League list from 1961 to 1976. Outside football he was a company secretary (The Observer, 18 April 1971).


During a game between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on 17 April 1971, Tinkler allowed play to continue after a linesman had flagged for offside. The Leeds players stopped when they saw the flag and West Brom went on to score. The decision to play on caused outrage at the time. He was surrounded by Leeds players, and several Leeds fans who invaded the pitch were escorted off by police. Leeds pulled a goal back but lost the game 1-2.[1]

Tinkler's final match was a game between Oldham and West Bromwich Albion at Boundary Park on 24 April 1976 where the away team won 1-0 to clinch promotion to Division 1 (The Guardian, 26 April 1976, p14). He later became Chairman of the Football Association Referees’ Committee and The Referees' Association.[2]

In 2005, Tinkler became chairman of Lincolnshire FA.[3] He retired from this role in the summer of 2010.[4]


The Guardian, 26 April 1976, p14 (final match) The Observer, 18 April 1971, p1 (confirmation of age and profession)

  1. ^ Ref justice!, article recalling the 1971 Leeds v. WBA match: BBC.co.uk website.
  2. ^ Confirmation of former 'Chair' positions: TheFA.com website.
  3. ^ Current 'Chair' position with Lincolnshire FA: Guardian Unlimited website.
  4. ^ Current Grahame Lyner quits Trinity job to stand as Chairman of Lincolnshire FA: 'This is Lincolnshire' website.