David Roland Elleray started refereeing in 1968 at the age of 13. He became a Football League referee in 1983 and held his FIFA badge between 1992 and 1999. Ellery retired from the Premier League in 2003.
1994: FA Cup Final: Manchester United and Chelsea.
1995: World Club Championship final; Ajax and Gremio in Tokyo.
1996: Nelson Mandela Inauguration Trophy in Johannesburg: South Africa and Brazil.
1996: EURO 1996 Final: Germany and Czech Repulblic.
1998: UEFA Super Cup Final: Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
1998:Brazilian Cup Final in Sao Paulo: Sao Paulo and Corinthians
Considered the number one at that time, his nomination for the 1998 World Cup was a public secret. Elleray himself however wasn't sure he could make it, being in the run for a promotion to become school head-master, a long road filled with interviews that would end during the World Cup. He had to choose: if he was selected for France and he wouldn't be able to go, England wouldn't have a ref at the World Cup. Too late to assign another one.
Elleray declined before he got the nomination. And then he didn't get the job either. A classic lose-lose.
2195 matches: 1582 as a referee, 17 as a reserve ref, 596 on the line.
He sent off 201 players and booked 1592.
There were 64 international matches and he stood 10 times in Wembley.
After retirement Elleray became a FIFA and UEFA referee assessor and instructor.