Uriah Rennie

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Uriah Rennie
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Full name Uriah D. Rennie
Born (1959-10-23) 23 October 1959 (age 58)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Other occupation Magistrate
Domestic
Years League Role
? -1994 Northern Premier League Referee
1994-1997 Football League Referee
1997-2009 Premier League Referee
International
Years League Role
2000-2004 FIFA listed Referee

Uriah D. Rennie (born 23 October 1959[1] in Sheffield, England) is a retired top level English football referee.

Career[edit]

He began refereeing in 1979 in local leagues, then operated in the Northern Premier League until 1994, at which time he was appointed to the Football League List of referees.

He was given his first Premiership appointment on 23 August 1997, controlling the 2-0 away win by Crystal Palace at Leeds United, goals being scored by Paul Warhurst and Attilio Lombardo.[2]

In 2000, he became a FIFA referee.[3]

He dealt Alan Shearer his first red card in a Newcastle v Aston Villa match in 1999. The reason for the red card was "persistent use of the elbow".

In 2001, he joined the Select Group of professional referees. Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board has described him as "the fittest referee we have ever seen on the national and world scene."[4]

He refereed the 2001 (old) Football League Division One Play-off Final between Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, when Bolton won 3-0 with goals from Farrelly, Ricketts and Gardner. Rennie did not show a red or yellow card at all during the match.[5]

At the end of 2004, he retired from the FIFA list, after reaching the compulsory age of 45.

He made his return to active refereeing on 24 November 2007, following a hamstring injury,[6] and handled the Championship match between Scunthorpe United and Hull City, which finished as a 2-1 away win.[7]

In September 2010, Rennie became president of Hallam FC which was celebrating its 150th anniversary season and still playing at the oldest football ground in the world, Sandygate Road in Sheffield.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Games Total YC YC per game Total Red card Red card per game
1997/1998 27 102 3.78 10 0.37
1998/1999 27 117 4.34 7 0.26
1999/2000 28 96 3.43 10 0.36
2000/2001 39 82 2.10 8 0.21
2001/2002 34 86 2.52 5 0.15
2002/2003 31 82 2.65 10 0.32
2003/2004 24 79 3.29 1 0.04
2004/2005 31 64 2.06 2 0.06
2005/2006 44 94 2.14 5 0.11
2006/2007 39 123 3.15 5 0.13
2007/2008 21 59 2.80 7 0.33

(There are no available records prior to 1997/1998)

Life outside football[edit]

He practises both kick-boxing and aikido, and has a Master's degree in business administration and law. He is also a magistrate in Sheffield.[8] He is married and has one daughter.[4] He appeared as himself in the BBC Two drama Marvellous, broadcast in September 2014.[9]

In August 2015, he became the referee in the ITV game show, Freeze Out, presented by Mark Durden-Smith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birthdate confirmation Archived 17 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.: the Football League Official website. Retrieved on 10 March 2007.
  2. ^ First ever Premiership match, soccerbase.com website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  3. ^ Career, details: Premier League Official website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Uriah Rennie's Red Card Blues". AYUP. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
  5. ^ Old Division One Play-off Final, 2001, soccerbase.com website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  6. ^ Confirmation of hamstring injury: Graham Poll, the Mail Online. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
  7. ^ Return from injury, Scunthorpe v. Hull, 2007: BBC Sport report. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Come on ref". PFA. 26 July 2004. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
  9. ^ BBC: Marvellous

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Neale Barry
FA Trophy
2003
Succeeded by
Mike Dean