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Seeing Red Hardcover – 13 Aug 2007
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'Undoubtedly Graham Poll has been this country's top referee over the past ten years' Sir Alex Ferguson
‘England’s No 1 match official has lifted the lid on the disillusionment shared by many colleagues’ Daily Mail
'Poll's story is an interesting one. His behind-the-scenes material is frequently insightful and often funny.' Birmingham Post
‘Poll's fascinating response to years of criticism as one of England's top officials is far more interesting than the standard fare trotted out by most players these days - it also evokes the rarest of things in a football fan: sympathy for the refeee.' 442 Magazine
About the Author
Graham Poll was born in 1963. A one-time employee of Nike – where he turned down a Sales Directorship to pursue a refereeing career – he has over 27 years of experience as an FA Premier League and international referee. As well as refereeing the 2006/07 UEFA Cup final, he has been the English representative at two World Cups and Euro 2000, and has handled games from the Bernebeu to the San Siro, and from Old Trafford to Stamford Bridge. He retired from refereeing in the summer of 2007.
Mick Dennis has worked as sports editor of the Evening Standard and football correspondent for the Daily Express. In his spare time, he is also a football referee.
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Graham Poll is no wall flower. He does sound like he liked the attention of his job, but why not? Overall a really good book.
It is in a way, quite depressing as it reflects badly on today's society, the media, the totally useless football authorities and the players themselves. And as a qualified ref, I fear the worst for English refereeing, given the appalling lack of support the FA gives even its top referees.
The book pulls no punches, and its interesting to see what happens behind closed doors, particularly concerning John Terry and Jose Mourinho, two equally unpleasant characters.
Graham wanted to be the best, I think he wanted to be a human being rather than a robot on the pitch. Because of this perhaps his actions were misunderstood.
Some of the stories recounted are great but I wish we had a little bit more on the characters he encountered. There
looked to be more, for instance, to the row between Keane and Vierra.
Despite this lack of detail, I certainly enjoyed the read and would recommend.
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