Bio
David Elleray
Born: 1954-09-03
Intl. since: 1992-01-01
Hometown: Kent
Country: England
Speaks: English
Occupation: Geography teacher
Hobbies:

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.

Merits:

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

World Cup

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.

numbers

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

After retirement Elleray became a FIFA and UEFA referee assessor and instructor.

Did you know
LOSE-LOSE

  • Elleray was in awe by the King Fahd stadium where he was for the World Cup qualifier SA - China. Full size gyms for both dressing rooms, the VIP room made of marble and gold and even a huge bedroom underneath the stands where the officials could stay the night if the crowd became too hostile.
    There was also a small hospital and an operating room.
  • Elleray's life was featured in a Channel 4 documentary named "The Man in Black".
  • In 1998 he was invited to take charge of the first leg of the Brazilian League championship final Sao Paolo vs Corinthians at Morumbi stadium. In his book Elleray writes he had no idea who the players were. He didn't do any research and almost booked the same person twice without sending him off. Amazing (and shocking too), but the Brazilians were happy with him and all went well.
  • Elleray was all for what he called "the sinbin", instead of being sent off a player could get a temporary cooling off period, as in Ice hockey.
  • Paul Durkin went to the World Cup instead of him, but Elleray and Durkin are not good friends and Elleray thinks Durkin said bad things about him because he was only sent to France after Elleray had turned the appointment down.
    Durkin's World Cup was not a success, he didn't do very well and got only one match.
  • He managed to live a kind of double life: until 2009 he was the house master of Druries, part of a famous public school for boys called Harrow. The school is very upper class and traditional (boys wearing straw hats to class, dressing up for dinner etc), but as a referee he was part of a completely different world. A world where he had to deal with players like Paul Gascoigne and with fans on the train on the way back after a match.
    A house master has 60 boys (13-18) who spend two years in his house. The master chooses which boys come to his house.
  • For anyone else but the English, public schools seem coming from another planet, or straight from a Harry Potter novel. There are "houses¬?" with names like Moretons, Druries The Grove, The Knoll. They play their own ball game, with their own ball (large and heavy) and their own rules (when you catch the ball you must yell "yards!"¬?¬Ě which is followed by three strides while wiggling a wand and saying the magic words).
    "¬?We had a magnificent victory over the Knoll in the Torpids"¬?¬Ě, Elleray writes in his book Referee! which is a sort of diary, a one year in the life of a referee / house master.
    The fact that the house master sends and receives many letters and even uses a fax machine (in 1997 and 1998, when normal people were already accustomed to computers and e-mail) adds to the Harry Potterishy feeling of it all.

    At Harrow they do semi-military exercises, go to church often and sing Harrow songs. Everything seems to be done in competition - music, choir singing, theatre, debating, reading and of course all kinds of sports - and everything always ends with dinner and drinks till late. (There seems to be a lot of champagne).
    Not a bad life at all. But a life without women. Only twice women are mentioned in Referee!: New Year's eve is spent with a lady friend, eating salmon and drinking champagne, and later in the year Elleray drives to visit a former girlfriend with whom he has lunch.
Statistics
Statistics for DAVID ELLERAY
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 10 4 14
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 41 72 113
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 8 11 19
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.2 0.08 0.14
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.84 1.47 1.15
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.16 0.22 0.19

Based on 49 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR DAVID ELLERAY
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Champions League 1999-2000
2nd group stageDynamo KyivReal Madrid1999-11-231 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageLeverkusenMaribor1999-11-020 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stagePortoOlympiakos1999-09-212 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
play-offsIsraelDenmark1999-11-130 - 5 5 (4-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
RussiaUkraine1999-10-091 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelSpain1998-10-141 - 2 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
COSAFA Cup 1999
final (2nd leg)NamibiaAngola1999-10-021 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1998-1999
group stageKaiserslauternPSV1998-11-043 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlympiakosCroatia Zagreb1998-09-302 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
DenmarkCameroon1998-06-051 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanyBrazil1998-03-251 - 2 8 (3-5)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BarcelonaDortmund1998-01-072 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Tottenham HotspurFiorentina1997-08-020 - 2 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwedenSlovakia1996-05-092 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsHungary1994-06-017 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Asia
2nd roundSaudi ArabiaChina1997-11-061 - 1 8 (2-6)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1997-1998
group stageSparta PragueGalatasaray1997-10-223 - 0 6 (2-4)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMonacoLeverkusen1997-10-014 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Europe
RomaniaIceland1997-09-104 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
HungaryNorway1997-06-081 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumTurkey1996-08-312 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 1997
1/2 finalsDuisburgDinamo Moskva1997-07-303 - 1 4 (1-3)2 (0-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1996 - 1997
1/2 finalsTenerifeSchalke 041997-04-081 - 0 6 (1-5)2 (2-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundKarlsruheBr√ɬłndby1996-12-030 - 5 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1996 - 1997
1/4 finalsBarcelonaAIK Solna1997-03-063 - 1 0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1996-1997
group stageRosenborgAC Milan1996-09-251 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996
group stageGermanyCzech Republic1996-06-092 - 0 10 (6-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Mandela Inauguration Challenge Cup
South AfricaBrazil1996-04-242 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
AjaxGremio1995-11-280 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1995-1996
group stageAaBNantes1995-11-010 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersGöteborgLegia Warszawa1995-08-231 - 2 0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1995 - 1996
1st roundNeuch√ɬĘtel XamaxAS Roma1995-09-121 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 qualifiers
BelgiumCyprus1995-04-262 - 0 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandSweden1994-10-124 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1994 - 1995
1/4 finalsSampdoriaPorto1995-03-020 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1994 - 1995
3rd roundParmaAthletic Bilbao1994-12-064 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1994-1995
group stageBenficaHajduk1994-10-192 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSGBayern Munich1994-09-142 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersHajdukLegia Warszawa1994-08-244 - 0 6 (4-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1993 - 1994
1/4 finalsEintracht FrankfurtCasino Salzburg1994-03-151 - 0 10 (3-7)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundAuxerreTenerife1993-09-290 - 1 8 (2-6)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1993-1994
group stagePortoWerder Bremen1993-11-243 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundMonacoSteaua1993-10-204 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1992-1993
group stagePortoGöteborg1993-04-212 - 0 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundCSKA SofiaAustria Wien1992-09-303 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1992 - 1993
1/4 finalsReal MadridPSG1993-03-023 - 1 6 (3-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundDortmundReal Zaragoza1992-11-243 - 1 5 (1-4)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1994 qualifiers - Europe
MaltaPortugal1993-01-240 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1992 - 1993
1st roundWerder BremenHannover1992-09-153 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)