William "Willie" Collum (born 18 January 1979)[1] is a Scottish football referee.[2]

Willie Collum
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Full name William Collum
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 41)
Glasgow, Scotland
Other occupation Teacher
Years League Role
2000– Scottish Football Association Referee
2000–2008 Scottish Football League Referee
2005–2013 Scottish Premier League Referee
2013– Scottish Professional Football League Referee
Years League Role
2006– FIFA listed Referee


Collum officiated his first Scottish Football League match in November 2004, and his first SPL match in April 2006. He took charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in September 2010, overseeing FC Copenhagen's 2–0 win away at Panathinaikos, and has also officiated several high profile international matches and UEFA Europa League matches.[3][4] On 11 June 2012 it was announced that Collum had been elevated to FIFA Elite Referee level joining Craig Thomson on the 24-strong list of the world’s leading referees.

His major domestic appointments include the Scottish Cup finals of 2013, 2015 and 2019, and the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final.[5]

Teaching careerEdit

Collum was previously the principal teacher of the Religious Education department at Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill,[6] He then taught R.E. at St Aidan's High School in Wishaw, eventually returning to Cardinal Newman High School as an R.E. teacher in August 2012. He started his teaching career in 2000 at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge working alongside notable teachers including John Cushley[7] and Bob Winslow.[8][9]


  1. ^ Profile on the SFA website
  2. ^ "Hibernian 0–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  3. ^ William Collum, WorldReferee
  4. ^ W. Collum, Soccerway
  5. ^ Scottish Cup final: Willie Collum to referee as holders Celtic face Hearts at Hampden, BBC Sport, 23 May 2019
  6. ^ Pattullo, Alan (25 October 2010). "Man in the middle can't get away from fact that penalty call defined his game". The Scotsman. Scotland. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  7. ^ O'Brien, Joe (1 July 2012). "Tommy Burns leads tributes to Celtic legend John Cushley". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Former Childline Worker Denies Boys' Trip Incident" HighBeam Research. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Teacher cleared of class trip sex abuse allegation". The Herald. 17 November 1999. Retrieved 17 May 2017.

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