Yarmouth referee Alf Grey receives England cap

Alf Grey has received an England cap to mark his contribution to English football during his time as a FIFA Referee. Alf received the cap in London from FA Referees Committee chairman David Elleray.

After starting his refereeing career in 1960, Alf was appointed to the Football League eight years later. He became a FIFA referee in 1977 until he retired in 1983. His swansong was the Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Wembley FA Cup final which United won 4-0 after a replay.

The final match of his career was an international between Switzerland and Brazil. During his time as a referee he always found time to referee local school finals and the PIGGY charity matches each year on the Wellesley between a Dennis Waterman's XI and a team made up from the Press.

He also officiated at Wembley on four other occasions – the Amateur Cup Final in 1971; The FA Cup Final in 1976; the Charity Shield in 1981 and the FA Trophy Final in 1978.

Once his playing days had finished he went on to become a referee assessor on the Football and Premier Leagues and a UEFA delegate/referees observer controlling matches throughout Europe.


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