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Leslie "Les" William Mottram (born 5 March 1951) is a Scottish retired football referee best known for supervising two matches in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.[1][2] Mottram also officiated at UEFA Euro 1996 in England, including the semifinal match between France and the Czech Republic.[3] He is known to have served as a FIFA referee during the period from 1991[4] to 1996.[3]

Les Mottram
Full name Leslie William Mottram
Born (1951-03-05) March 5, 1951 (age 68)
Years League Role
1989–2001 Scottish Premier League / Scottish Football League Referee
Years League Role
1991–1996 FIFA-listed Referee

Mottram turned to refereeing after a brief professional playing career at Airdrie.[5]

He became a professional referee when he left Scotland to officiate in the Japanese J. League in 1996.[6] Although his original contract was only for three-months,[7] J. League organisers, who were impressed by his refereeing ability, offered long term contracts. He refereed 147 matches in J1, 15 in J2 and 25 in the J. League Cup[8] from 1996 to 2001, including each playoff game from 1997 to 2001, and received four "most excellent referee" awards in the 1998 to 2002 seasons.

He retired from refereeing top league matches in 2002 and was appointed as the chief refereeing instructor by the Japan Football Association. He worked in this job for next four years and also had a seat on the discipline committee of the league for a short time. He was awarded a merit medal[9] in the 2005 seasonal ceremony, then left Japan and went back to Scotland.


  1. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Korea Republic - Bolivia 0:0". 23 June 1994. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  2. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Greece - Nigeria 0:2 (0:1)". 30 June 1994. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b UEFA. "France 0-0 Czech Republic". 26 June 1996. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ Kutschera, Ambrosius. "International Matches 1991 - Europe, July-December". RSSSF, 2 February 2005. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ Paul, Ian (27 May 1995). "Mottram puts blunder behind him on road to Hampden Final goal for ref who missed one". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Les Mottram interview".
  7. ^ "レスリー故郷に帰る". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  8. ^ LESLIE MOTTRAM(レスリー・モットラム) Archived 20 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, ZICO Official Site
  9. ^ 2005Jリーグアウォーズ功労賞につい Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine(05.11.15)]

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