The Man in the Middle - David EllerayTime Warner, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper nicked at the top corner of the upper panel, slightly rubbed at the edges. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Until his retirement at the end of the 2002-3 season, David Elleray was for many years Britain’s best-known and highest profile referee. An admired and widely respected figure throughout the game, his candid and revealing autobiography looks back on his many seasons as the ‘man in the middle’. Inspired by the 1966 World Cup, but hindered by his own footballing skills, David quickly decided that his place in the game was as the man in black. David describes the highs and lows of his remarkable career: the thrill of refereeing the FA Cup Final at Wembley, and the drama of awarding a controversial penalty; Ryan Giggs’ wonder goal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final and Roy Keane’s infamous tackle on Alf-lnge Haaland; the opulent hospitality, and the high esteem that English referees are held in abroad, and the abuse and threats they are subject to at home. Uniquely placed to witness the changes that have occurred in football over the last twenty years, David describes what it’s like to referee players such as David Beckham and Vinnie Jones, and how increased money and an ever-intrusive media have affected both the game and refereeing. He looks back on the controversial decisions he made in his own career, and whether new technology could have made a difference.”