Bio
Clive Thomas
Born: 1936-06-22
Intl. since:
Hometown: Porthcawl
Country: Wales
Speaks: English, Welsh
Occupation: High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan
Hobbies:

Known as "The Book" because he always stuck to the rules, Clive Thomas has officiated in many important matches in the 70s, for instance two World Cup finals matches, one in 1974, one in 1978, and a match in the 1976 European Championships.

zico

In his 1978 World Cup match Thomas blew the final whistle just before Zico (Brazil) scored from a corner kick. Brazil would have won the match against Sweden.

The Brazilians had actually been stalling for time in Thomas' view, or at least taking their time with the corner kick and perhaps Thomas was a little irritated by that.

The time stalling by the Brazilians didn't really make sense because a win would have made Brazil group winners and thus give them a relatively easy next match in the knock-out phase.

Thomas

Clive Thomas owned (or perhaps still owns) an office cleaning business.

Did you know
THE BOOK

  • Thomas lives in a house with a pool called Sea Breeze, the house that is, I don't know what the pool is called (R M-S).
  • At EURO 1976 in Yugoslavia Thomas refereed the semi-final between Czechoslovakia and The Netherlands. In extra time he missed a bad foul by Antonín Panenka on Johan Cruyff. After this, Czechoslovakia was able to score the decisive goal. The Dutch were furious and threatened to finish the game by walking off. Thirty years later, in a Dutch TV program, Thomas admitted he made a mistake by not noticing that foul.
  • In 2004 Clive was elected to the position of "High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan". It's the oldest secular office in Britain. Largely ceremonial, though Thomas wants to use the role to help set an example for young people.
  • Thomas used to lift a leg when he whistled for the start of a match. He did this on purpose, a gimmick to make himself noticeable.
    (source: Graham Poll - who clearly from his book doesn't like the Welshman).
Statistics
Statistics for CLIVE THOMAS
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 9 1 10
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 7 10 17
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 3 4
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.22 0.02 0.12
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.17 0.24 0.21
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.02 0.07 0.05

Based on 41 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR CLIVE THOMAS
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
European Cup2 1982 - 1983
1/4 finalsWaterschei ThorPSG1983-03-163 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1982 - 1983
2nd roundAnderlechtPorto1982-10-204 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundWerder BremenVorwärts Frankfurt/Oder1982-09-290 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1981 - 1982
2nd roundFeyenoordDynamo Dresden1981-10-212 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1981 - 1982
1st roundÖsterBayern Munich1981-09-160 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1982 qualifiers - Europe
FinlandAustria1980-09-240 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1980 - 1981
3rd roundReal SociedadLokeren1980-12-102 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundHamburger SVSarajevo1980-09-174 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
IrelandSwitzerland1980-04-302 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1979 - 1980
1/4 finalsLokomotiv SofiaVfB Stuttgart1980-03-190 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1979 - 1980
1st roundOmoniaDifferdange1979-10-036 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1980 qualifiers
IcelandNetherlands1979-09-050 - 4 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1978 - 1979
2nd roundBorussia MönchengladbachBenfica1978-10-312 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundLevski SofiaValencia1978-09-132 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978
group stageSwedenBrazil1978-06-031 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1977 - 1978
3rd roundTorinoBastia SC1977-12-072 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978 qualifiers - Asia/Oceania
final roundIranKuwait1977-10-281 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1977 - 1978
1/2 finalsAnderlechtTwente1978-04-122 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundKöln FCPorto1977-09-142 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1976 - 1977
2nd roundBoavista FCLevski Sofia1976-10-203 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1976 - 1977
2nd roundEspanyolEintracht Braunschweig1976-11-032 - 0 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundUjpestAthletic Bilbao1976-09-151 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1976
1/2 finalsCzechoslovakiaNetherlands1976-06-163 - 1 7 (3-4)3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1975 - 1976
1/2 finalsBayern MunichReal Madrid1976-04-142 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1975 - 1976
3rd roundBarcelonaVasas SC1975-11-263 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1976 qualifiers
Germany FRGreece1975-10-111 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1974 - 1975
1/4 finalsAmsterdam FCKöln FC1975-03-192 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundHamburger SVBohemians1974-09-183 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1974
2nd roundBrazilGermany DR1974-06-261 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePolandArgentina1974-06-153 - 2 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1973 - 1974
1st roundCarl Zeiss JenaMP1973-09-193 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1972 - 1973
1/4 finalsSparta PragueSchalke 041973-03-213 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1972 - 1973
2nd roundHvidovreBorussia Mönchengladbach1972-11-081 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1971 - 1972
1/4 finalsBenficaFeyenoord1972-03-225 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1971 - 1972
1st roundDjurgårdenOFK Beograd1971-09-292 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundADO Den HaagAris Bonnevoie1971-09-145 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
British Championship
Northern IrelandScotland1980-05-161 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandNorthern Ireland1979-05-221 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandNorthern Ireland1976-05-114 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandNorthern Ireland1972-05-202 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandNorthern Ireland1971-05-180 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)