Referee, 85, says he is Britain’s oldest and is not hanging up his whistle

BRITAIN’S oldest referee continues to hand out red and yellow cards — at 85.

Alfred Nassau even cautioned us after we told last month how Peter Phillimore was reffing at 81.

Alfred Nassau says he has refereed more than 2,000 matches


Alfred Nassau says he has refereed more than 2,000 matchesCredit: NNP

He revealed he, in fact, holds the title as the oldest man in the middle.

Grandad Alfred told The Sun: “I’ve been a referee since 1983.

“I went on a course to keep a pal company and since then I’ve done 2,091 matches — and that doesn’t include the two friendlies I’ve done recently.

“I’ve kept a record of every single match and scoreline.

“During my career I’ve shown the red card 86 times and 134 yellows. I love every minute of it.

“There have been all sorts of matches — cup finals, the lot.”

He insisted: “I won’t take any rubbish on the pitch.

“Before the start of each match, I warn both teams that they’ll be sent off for swearing.”

Alfred, from Middlesbrough, who has been married to wife Eileen for 60 years, goes to the gym twice a week.

And he has no intention of hanging up his whistle yet.

The ex-goalie referees in the North Riding County League.

He said: “I reached a point where I wasn’t happy handing out red and yellow cards to the same players week in, week out.

“My son suggested I referee youngsters so now I do teams from the under-8s to the under-15s.

“I really enjoy it. I’ll carry on as long as the legs last out and the mind is active.”

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