- Top Referee for 25 Years
Jeff Winter has been a top referee for more than 25 years, also spent 9 years as a Premiership referee and is now an active “after dinner speaker”. He Commenced on Teesside January 1979. Progressed to the National List via local leagues, Northern League, Northern Intermediate League, Central League and G.M.Vauxhall Conference.
He became one of our most high profile and popular referees. Not a stickler, but someone who tried, as a fan himself to adapt to the needs of the moment.
Was a linesman on the Football League for 6 seasons, then a referee for 3 seasons, completed 9 seasons as a Premier League Referee.
One of the first group of professional referees season 2001/2.
Major Appointments to date.
4th Official F.A.Cup Final 1988/89 Liverpool v Everton.
1994/5 Playoff semi finals Referee.
4th Official Anglo Italian Cup Final 1995 Notts County v Ascoli.
Referee Womens’ F.A.Cup Final 1995 Liverpool v Arsenal.
Referee F.A.Trophy Final 1997 Woking v Dagenham & Redbridge.
Referee Worthington Cup Semi-Final 2001 Birmingham v Ipswich Town & 2003 Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United.
Referee F.A.Youth Cup Final 2001.
Playoff Semi finals Referee 2002/3
F A Cup Final 2004 Referee
Amongst major League appointments:-
Chelsea v Leeds Utd 6 times
Spurs v Arsenal Twice ( including return of Sol )
Everton v Liverpool
Sunderland v Newcastle Utd
Man Utd v Leeds Utd x 2 ( including return of Rio )
Man Utd v Arsenal ( Cup tie from Hell, should have played it in Baghdad )
Been speaking at Dinner functions etc for last 7 years
Referee of BBC Superstars 2003 & 2004
Referee of 2004 “The Match” on Sky One.
Author of autobiography “Who’s the Bastard in the Black“
Now working with local and national TV, radio and newspapers.
Since breaking ties with The FA, he is now free to speak about his experiences with true candidness, his dealings with the most controversial and volatile players and his experience of the management elite.