I used to hate Roger Gifford aka Rog the racist more. Roger Milford aka Rog the Perm on the other hand was an excellent ref.It doesn’t matter what we all think of today’s refs, none of them are as bad as Uriah Rennie. That bloke gave us all indigestion.
He would have fitted in seamlessly if he was still reffing nowadays.
I officiated with him in his last season before which, he avowed to referee ,as he was taught,namely using common sense.The powers that be didn’t like it but he said he was going out anyway so he enjoyed it immensely.As we all know the various law changes and the advent of VAR have continued to mess up the game in which he and I qualified inI used to hate Roger Gifford aka Rog the racist more. Roger Milford aka Rog the Perm on the other hand was an excellent ref.
I mentioned this before but in Steve Gordos’s book about Peter Knowles it listed all of his games ,the teams ,results and referees .In the one season in which played ,he was ever present and of the 42 games we had just once referee twice ,Leo Callaghan .
We never new who we would get and there was certainly no familiarity
Back in the day I used to walk from Merry Hill where we lived .I had no thoughts who the Referee might be , he was merely the man in black who blew the whistle.Iwould walk up Bath Road and turn left ,before walking down to the ground ,and the excitement I would feel when I saw the BBC/ITV cameras to denote we would be on TV that weekend .The smell of the embrocation wafting through the dressing room windows,the boliled onions from the Burger vans before going through the North Bank entrance and smelling the Bovril as I walked up the steps.Very true. Back in the day we didn’t know the referee was, and weren’t bothered. Now the elite list referees seem to be on first name terms with a lot of the players.
Another problem is that too many referees nowadays think people turn up to watch them, just watch the antics Mike Dean used to get up to for proof. The old adage that you never notice a good referee is as true now as ever it was.