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Meet The Ref - Burnley Vs Latics

Meet The Ref - Burnley Vs Latics


Todays referee at Turf Moor in the Burnley Vs Wigan Athletic Lancashire derby is local (Bolton) lad Lee Mason who began his career in the Northwest Counties League 17 years ago and progressed to the Premier League in 2006.

37 year old Mason is one of the Premier League`s up and coming ref`s and he is getting quite a few top flight games this season, here is a recent interview given by the former Liverpool University student to refworld.com


How did you get introduced into refereeing?

I was introduced to refereeing by my sports teacher at school

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career was being awarded a full time professional contract

What is the best game you have officiated and why?

The best game I have refereed was the League 1 play off final between Swansea and Barnsley played at the millennium stadium, Cardiff. The importance of the game for the teams and supporters meant that the game carried more responsibility and greater pressure than a normal league game/cup tie

What are your aims as a Select Group Referee?

My aims as a select group referee are to be considered the best referee for the big games within the respective competitions and to therefore receive the appropriate appointments that come with this consideration

What skills do you think you need to become a professional referee?

The most important skills you require as a professional referee are your man management ones and also to have supreme awareness of everything that is going on around you on the field.

Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?

The biggest influence on my refereeing career is my wife Debbie. We have been together for 14 years and without her I wouldn't be refereeing today because she is my biggest fan, critic, motivator and calming influence all rolled into one.

In your opinion who is/was the best referee?

This is a difficult question because the game has changed so much. For me, Ken Dagnall who refereed the 1966 world cup semi final is still universally respected and well known throughout the game despite having passed away over 12 years ago as is Jack Taylor who was Ken's predecessor and went onto to referee the 1974 final and is held in similar esteem through the refereeing world.


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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday October 24 2009
Time: 10:39AM

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Here's hoping that there's nothing too controversial from him today
worbo
24/10/2009 11:18:00
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Ref from Bolton?? Would be amazing if he does not have some bias against us. Also with Kirkland and Scharner off and the aging Pollit and lack luster Gomez on I am not feeling to confident today.
mrcrowley
24/10/2009 12:13:00
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Pollitt and Gomez? Is that confirmed?
worbo
24/10/2009 12:31:00
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I read it somewhere I think on SSN. Don't know if its concrete though.
mrcrowley
24/10/2009 13:16:00
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Heard on the official site commentary that the referee actually lives on the bolton/burnley border. No worries now though..... Great win!
mrcrowley
24/10/2009 17:12:00
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