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You are the ref

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Sorry guys if you have seen this before, but it made me chuckle. I have just been reading through the BBC's Sports website and noticed a contribution from a fellow blue in response to the You are the ref blog. Look at comment number 5.

Now who says we are bitter blues? ToffeeDan whoever you are you are, thanks for making me smile today.
Shaun Sparke, Prescot     Posted 29/05/2008 at 00:04:21

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Jonathan Tasker
1   Posted 29/05/2008 at 08:19:47

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that’s brilliant ; will go on there and contribute myself
Simon Birdsey
2   Posted 29/05/2008 at 10:58:55

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A bald-headed a striker puts the ball in the net with the ’keeper and two defenders between him and the goal. Do you a) give the goal, b) rule the goal out for offside or c) rule the goal out for offside and deny the team any penalties until the final day of the season (when it doesn’t really matter- but it’ll stop ’em moaning), for having the temerity to challenge the ’Sky 4’.
Tony Williams
3   Posted 29/05/2008 at 11:31:36

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ToffeeDan is a poster on another forum I go on and is extremely knowledgeable.

He won the BBC fan of the month last season, probably in the archives somewhere.
Micky Norman
4   Posted 29/05/2008 at 11:24:09

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As a Premier league ref you are offered the opportunity to go on a tour of the far east with a famous team. Staying in top hotels and flying first class private. Do you
A - turn down the offer as it might compromise your neutrality for matches with this team
B- go but stay away from the players, remaining neutral and keeping your professional integrity
C- Yes please sir, can I have a shirt sir, Oh Stevie can I sit next to you and be your friend.
Like the Murphy’s- I’m not bitter!
Daniel Miller
5   Posted 29/05/2008 at 12:45:23

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Shaun, Tony

Thanks for the kind words!

Bitter - not me sir, no, but can’t wait for the look on the faces of the RS when it all goes down the pan.


You forgot

D: Do you declare the the Referee’s Association that one of these teams are your first love in order that you don’t referee their games again. Never mind Chris Foy (a well known Blue) is going to ref all their games next season!

Keep up the good work.

Nick Entwistle
6   Posted 29/05/2008 at 13:14:25

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You are arguably the best referee in the world who has been the man in middle for World Cup and European Cup finals. Respected by players, clubs, fans and authorities the world over, you have the chance to referee a Champions League qualifier. Do you?

A, Do so continuing the same high standards you set for yourself throughout your long and illustrious career?


B, Screw over the least wanted of five English teams in the competition, blow for free kicks against a Scotsman simply for him being tall, be lenient towards the Spaniards, rule out a late goal because it wasn?t in your game plan, and despite starting a new season quickly retire with Sep Blatter shaking your hand then off you go to the sell your autobiography you bald headed sod.
Daniel Miller
7   Posted 29/05/2008 at 16:04:54

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You are Wale’s most respected referee.

Do you call time on a vital World Cup match as the favourites are taking a corner or let them take the corner in order that you might make a name for yourself by disallowing the goal as time runs out (oh and set a precedent for another British referee to mess up in a World Cup finals and call time on a match as a legitmate goal comes off the backside of an attacking player in a local Derby).

Do you also allow a legitimate goal to stand in an FA Cup Semi Final or do you disallow it because the scorer once played for Ipswich Town and you were once a winger for Norwich City?

Toffee Dan
ron leith
8   Posted 29/05/2008 at 19:46:31

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The worst ref has to be Wiley. He is not only responsible for EFC finishing below Liverpool thanks to the Blackburn on side goal. He also failed to send off Scholes when they beat us 1-0. Remember Scholes was booked before cynically cything down Arteta. Man Utd get 3 points instead of 1. Then against Wigan Man Utd have Scholes on another yellow. He cynically pulls down another player and Wiley fails once more to do anything. So single handedly he also wins the Premier League for Man Utd. The guy is a No 1 arse par excellance.

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