Select Group Referees

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The Select Group is a panel of professional football referees and assistant referees appointed by the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB) to officiate matches in the Premier League, as well as the Football League, FA Cup and Football League Cup. A number of the officials on the site have been selected to officiate in matches run by FIFA.[1] The panel was established in 2001, when referees in England became professional.[2]

Select Group Referees[edit]

Name Home county Age Year appointed Notes
Atkinson, MartinMartin Atkinson West Yorkshire 46 years, 27 days 2005 FIFA Referee
Attwell, StuartStuart Attwell Warwickshire 34 years, 203 days 2016
Dean, MikeMike Dean Merseyside 48 years, 329 days 2001
East, RogerRoger East Wiltshire 51 years, 350 days 2013
Friend, KevinKevin Friend Leicestershire 45 years, 293 days 2009
Jones, MikeMike Jones Cheshire 49 years, 9 days 2008
Madley, RobertRobert Madley West Yorkshire 31 years, 203 days 2013 FIFA Referee
Marriner, AndreAndre Marriner West Midlands 46 years, 116 days 2005 FIFA Referee
Mason, LeeLee Mason Lancashire 45 years, 180 days 2006
Moss, JonathanJonathan Moss West Yorkshire 46 years, 191 days 2011
Oliver, MichaelMichael Oliver Northumberland 32 years, 66 days 2010 FIFA Referee
Pawson, CraigCraig Pawson South Yorkshire 37 years, 283 days 2013 FIFA Referee
Probert, LeeLee Probert Wiltshire 44 years, 257 days 2007
Scott, GrahamGraham Scott Oxfordshire 49 years, 65 days 2015
Swarbrick, NeilNeil Swarbrick Lancashire 51 years, 128 days 2011
Taylor, AnthonyAnthony Taylor Cheshire 38 years, 189 days 2010 FIFA Referee
Tierney, PaulPaul Tierney Lancashire 36 years, 123 days 2016

Select Group Assistant Referees[edit]

Name Home county Notes
Simon Beck Bedfordshire
Simon Bennett Staffordshire FIFA Assistant Referee
Gary Beswick Durham FIFA Assistant Referee
Lee Betts Norfolk FIFA Assistant Referee
Dave Bryan Lincolnshire
Stuart Burt Northamptonshire FIFA Assistant Referee
Darren Cann Norfolk
Stephen Child Kent FIFA Assistant Referee
Jake Collin Merseyside FIFA Assistant Referee
Derek Eaton Gloucestershire
Andy Garratt West Midlands
Andy Halliday North Yorkshire
Adrian Holmes West Yorkshire
Constantine Hatzidakis Kent FIFA Assistant Referee
Ian Hussin Merseyside FIFA Assistant Referee
Peter Kirkup Northamptonshire
Scott Ledger South Yorkshire
Harry Lennard East Sussex
Simon Long Suffolk
Sian Massey-Ellis West Midlands
Mick McDonough Northumberland
Adam Nunn Wiltshire FIFA Assistant Referee
Marc Perry West Midlands
Mark Scholes Buckinghamshire
Eddie Smart West Midlands
Richard West East Yorkshire
Matthew Wilkes West Midlands

Select Group 2 Referees[edit]

In December 2015, the PGMOL announced that from the 2016/17 season a new Select Group 2 will be created to officiate primarily in the Championship, this will be made up of 18 referees, 12 full-time and 6 part-time who will train with their Select Group colleagues. [3]

The Select Group 2 officials were announced on 26th April 2016 [4]

Name Home county Age Year appointed Notes
James Adcock Nottinghamshire 2016
Peter Bankes Merseyside 2016
Darren Bond Lancashire 2016
David Coote West Yorkshire 2016
Andrew Davies Hampshire 2016
Scott Duncan Northumberland 2016
Geoff Eltringham Durham 2016
Simon Hooper Wiltshire 2016
Tony Harrington Cleveland 2016
Chris Kavanagh Manchester 2016
Oliver Langford West Midlands 2016
James Linington Isle of Wight 2016
Andy Madley West Yorkshire 2016
Stephen Martin Staffordshire 2016
Tim Robinson West Sussex 2016
Jeremy Simpson Lancashire 2016
Keith Stroud Hampshire 2016
Andy Woolmer Northamptonshire 2016

Select Group 2 Assistant Referees[edit]

Name Home county
Christopher Akers South Yorkshire
David Avent Northamptonshire
Darren Blunden Kent
Daniel Cook Hampshire
Ian Cooper Kent
Adam Crysell Northamptonshire
Neil Davies London
Philip Dermott Lancashire
Mark Dwyer West Yorkshire
John Flynn Oxfordshire
Matthew Foley Hertfordshire
Andrew Fox Warwickshire
Mike George Norfolk
Nick Greenhalgh Lancashire
Paul Hodskinson Lancashire
Nicholas Hopton Derbyshire
Akil Howson Leicestershire
Shaun Hudson Durham
Jonathan Hunt Merseyside
Robert Hyde Essex
Mark Jones Nottinghamshire
Daniel Leach Oxfordshire
Nigel Lugg Surrey
Matthew McGrath East Yorkshire
James Mainwaring Lancashire
Adam Matthews Gloucestershire
Robert Merchant Staffordshire
Steven Meredith Nottinghamshire
Tony Peart North Yorkshire
Mark Pottage Dorset
Daniel Robathan Bedfordshire
Geoff Russell Northamptonshire
Mark Russell Somerset
William Smallwood Cheshire
James Wilson Cheshire
Tim Wood Gloucestershire


Former Select Group Referees[edit]

Name Home county Year appointed Year removed FIFA list Notes
Foy, ChrisChris Foy Merseyside 2001 2015 2002-2007 Retired to become senior referees' coach for PGMOB[5]
Dowd, PhilPhil Dowd Staffordshire 2001 2016 Retired due to injury
Webb, HowardHoward Webb South Yorkshire 2003 2014 2005–2014 Retired to become technical director of PGMOB
Wiley, AlanAlan Wiley Staffordshire 2001 2010 Retired
Bennett, SteveSteve Bennett Kent 2001 2010 Retired
Rennie, UriahUriah Rennie South Yorkshire 2001 2009 2000–2005 Retired due to injury
Styles, RobRob Styles Hampshire 2001 2009 2002–2009 Retired
Tanner, SteveSteve Tanner Somerset 2007 2009 2008–2009 Demoted to National List
Knight, BarryBarry Knight London 2001 2008 Retired due to injury
Messias, MattMatt Messias Cheshire 2001 2006 2003–2006 Demoted and resigned
Barry, NealeNeale Barry Lincolnshire 2001 2005 Retired to oversee refeering development
Riley, MikeMike Riley West Yorkshire 2001 2009 1999–2009 Retired to become head of PGMOB
Stroud, KeithKeith Stroud Dorset 2007 2009 Demoted to National List
Gallagher, DermotDermot Gallagher Oxfordshire 2001 2007 1994–2002 Retired
Poll, GrahamGraham Poll Hertfordshire 2001 2007 1996–2007 Retired
D'Urso, AndyAndy D'Urso Essex 2001 2005 2001–2005 Demoted to National List
Winter, JeffJeff Winter Lancashire 2001 2004 Retired
Barber, GrahamGraham Barber Surrey 2001 2004 1998–2004 Retired
Durkin, PaulPaul Durkin Dorset 2001 2004 Retired
Jones, PeterPeter Jones Leicestershire 2001 2002 1996–2002 Retired
Walton, PeterPeter Walton Northamptonshire 2003 2012 Retired to become manager of PRO for North America
Elleray, DavidDavid Elleray Kent 2001 2003 1992–1999 Retired
Dunn, SteveSteve Dunn Gloucestershire 2001 2006 1997–2002 Retired due to injury
Halsey, MarkMark Halsey Lancashire 2001 2013 2000-2006 Retired
Clattenburg, MarkMark Clattenburg Durham County Football Association 2004 2017 2006-2017 Retired to become Head of Refereeing at Saudi Arabian Football Federation

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