Willie Collum

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Willie Collum
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Full name William Collum
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 38)
Glasgow, Scotland
Other occupation Teacher
Domestic
Years League Role
2000– Scottish Football Association Referee
2000–2008 Scottish Football League Referee
2005–2013 Scottish Premier League Referee
1989- Scottish Professional Football League Referee
International
Years League Role
2006– FIFA listed Referee

William "Willie" Collum (born 18 January 1979)[1] is a Scottish football referee.[2]

Career[edit]

Collum has refereed international matches, the 2008 European Under-19 final and in the UEFA Cup. He is also a regular referee of Scottish Premiership matches.

Collum officiated his first Scottish Football League match in November 2004, and his first SPL match in April 2006. He took charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in September 2010, overseeing FC Copenhagen's 2–0 win away at Panathinaikos, and has also officiated several high profile international matches and UEFA Europa League matches.[citation needed] On 11 June 2012 it was announced that Collum had been elevated to FIFA Elite Referee level joining Craig Thomson on the 24-strong list of the world’s leading referees.

On 24 October 2010, Collum refereed his first Old Firm match at Celtic Park. Following the match some of Collum's decisions during the game came under scrutiny from Celtic, and he received death threats against him and his family which were described as having a 'sectarian undertone'.[citation needed]

On 19 December 2011, Collum was appointed to referee the second Old Firm derby of the season at Celtic Park. Contrary to his previous Old Firm derby match, this one passed without many major incidents. He was credited for keeping control of what could have been a very dangerous game.[citation needed]

Collum was appointed to referee the 2013 Scottish Cup Final between Hibernian and Celtic, his first decisive match of the oldest football tournament in Scotland and second cup final overall, after overseeing the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final.

He was appointed by UEFA as Scotland's representative referee for UEFA EURO 2016, but in 2016 he was demoted to refereeing three Scottish Championship matches after his refereeing in the Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Aberdeen tie.[citation needed]

Teaching career[edit]

Collum was previously the principal teacher of the Religious Education department at Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill,[3] however he stood down as principal in August 2011 to concentrate more on his refereeing.[4] He then taught R.E. at St Aidan's High School in Wishaw, eventually returning to Cardinal Newman High School as an R.E. teacher in August 2012.[4] He started his teaching career in 2000 at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge working alongside notable teachers including John Cushley[5] and Bob Winslow.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile on the SFA website
  2. ^ "Hibernian 0–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Pattullo, Alan (25 October 2010). "Man in the middle can't get away from fact that penalty call defined his game". The Scotsman. Scotland. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Ref quits teaching post to be on pitch". The Sun. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Brien, Joe (1 July 2012). "Tommy Burns leads tributes to Celtic legend John Cushley". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Former Childline Worker Denies Boys' Trip Incident" HighBeam Research. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Teacher cleared of class trip sex abuse allegation". The Herald. 17 November 1999. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 

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