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Darren Drysdale (born 18 February 1971, Lincolnshire[1]) is an English football referee who officiates in the Football League, and is a sergeant in the RAF at Waddington.[citation needed]

Darren Drysdale
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Full name Darren Drysdale
Born (1971-02-18) 18 February 1971 (age 48)
Other occupation RAF sergeant
Years League Role
? - ? Northern Alliance Referee
? –1997 Northern Premier League Referee
1997–2004 Conference North Referee
1996–1998 Football League Asst. referee
1998–2004 Premier League Asst. referee
2004– Football League Referee
Years League Role
2002–2004 UEFA listed Asst. referee


He has been refereeing since 1988, officiating in the Northern Alliance and Northern Premier League. He became an assistant referee for the Football League in 1996, and in 1997 progressed to Conference North referee.[1]

He was appointed as an assistant referee for the Premier League in 1998.[1]

Darren was an assistant referee to Graham Poll in the 2000 FA Cup Final,[2] and became a FIFA assistant referee in the same year.[1]

In 2002, he became a UEFA assistant referee, one of only 3 from the UK at the time.[1]

He was appointed to the (Football League) National List of referees in 2004.[1] Also in 2004, on 6 March, he was named Combined Services Sports Official of the Year, due to his work for sport within the RAF. He had been posted to the Middle East at this time, so his parents travelled to London to receive the award from the Princess Royal on his behalf.[citation needed]

His first Football League game was a 0-0 draw between Rushden & Diamonds and Kidderminster Harriers on 7 August 2004.[3] His first game at Championship level was the 2-0 home win for Leicester City against Gillingham on 22 January 2005.[4]

He attracted some media attention in 2007 after Bradford City's Dean Windass received a five match ban for swearing at him in the car park after a home game against Brentford on 2 January.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Birthdate and profile Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
  2. ^ Appointed to 2000 FA Cup Final, assistant referee: from an article at the BBC News website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
  3. ^ First ever Football League game in charge: website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
  4. ^ First Championship match as referee: website. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Car park rage..." Archived 8 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine: the Dean Windass ban for verbal abuse, 2007: Sky Sports website report. Retrieved on 24 March 2008.

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