Gerald Ashby

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Gerald R. Ashby (November 6, 1949 – December 17, 2001: website.) was an English former football referee, who operated in the Football League and the Premier League. He was an accountant by profession, and was based in Worcester.


He became a Football League linesman in 1982, and three years later graduated to the referees' list at the age of thirty five.<sup>†</sup> His breakthrough came when the retirement age for FIFA referees was reduced to 45. This created five vacancies on the English allocation for the FIFA List in 1992, and he was one of the officials to be promoted. At the same time, he became a member of the new Premier League list.<sup>‡</sup>

His first match in the new League was the 2-1 home victory by Leeds United over Wimbledon at Elland Road on August 15, 1992.: website.

He only had three years as an international referee before he also reached FIFA's retirement age at the end of 1994. However, he was able to carry on in English football, and on May 20, 1995, at Wembley, he took charge of the FA Cup Final between Everton and Manchester United. Everton won the match 1-0 via a headed goal by Paul Rideout.

On March 24, 1997, during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool, Ashby awarded a penalty to the away side, despite there appearing to be no contact between Robbie Fowler and the Arsenal...
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