Jeff Winter is one of the best known football referees of recent years, he began refereeing in the local leagues around his home town of Middlesbrough and Teesside in the late 70s and soon found himself progressing to the National List via local leagues, Northern League and various levels of amateur football before reaching what was then known as the G.M.Vauxhall Conference. Jeff’s first taste of league football came as a linesman, something he did for six seasons before making the step to becoming a Football League referee for 3 seasons. His performances as an official soon got noticed and within three seasons he was refereeing in the top flight. Prior to his retirement, Jeff completed nine seasons as referee in the Premier League and was on the first professional referees in the 2001/2002 season. Throughout his career, he officiated for some of the biggest games in football, including the 2004 FA Cup final. Since leaving the pitch he has gone on to release his autobiography “Who’s the Bastard in the Black”, worked with local and national television, radio and newspapers and he was awarded Soccer Speaker of the Year in 2006.
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