Bio
Neil Midgley
Born: 1942-09-09
Intl. since: 1982-01-01
Hometown: Kearsley
Country: England
Speaks: English
Occupation: retired sales man
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Neil Midgley was a referee from 1977 until 1992 and on the FIFA panel from1982 until 1991. He died in 2001.

FA Cup final

Midgley considers the FA Cup final of 1987 the highlight of his career.

Did you know
NEIL MIDGLEY

  • After he retired as a referee Midgley was an assessor for UEFA and the FA until 1999 when referee boss Philip Don fired him. (Midgley was no friend of Don).
  • In the 1990s, when writing about collegues and what happened was still possible (compare those books with Frank de Bleeckere's from 2012) David Elleray wrote about Midgley that he was one of what he called "alternative" referees. According to Elleray, a good friend of Philip Don, Midgley "rarely arrives on time".
  • With "altenative" Elleray and Don meant referees who didn't whistle by the book. Midgley said things weren't always black or white, but that there was a huge gray area. To Don the gray area meant inconsistency, but Midgley had different ideas.
    For instance he only used his whistle if it wasn't absolutely necessary. Often a nod and pointing with an arm was enough.
    Midgley had ideas about controlling "the herd". Take out the main guy and talk to him.
    Cards are only to stop explosive situations.
  • Imagine the two upper-class school masters (Elleray and Don) writing books, making rules and appointing referees and the head strong self-made battery sales man Midgley.
Statistics
Statistics for NEIL MIDGLEY
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 2 2 4
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 6 5 11
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.07 0.07 0.07
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.21 0.17 0.19
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 29 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR NEIL MIDGLEY
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
European Cup 1991 - 1992
2nd roundPanathinaikosGöteborg1991-10-232 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundGrasshopperAnderlecht1991-10-020 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1992 qualifiers
DenmarkYugolsavia1990-11-140 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1990 - 1991
1st roundSampdoriaKaiserslautern1990-10-032 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
FrancePoland1990-08-150 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Germany FRDenmark1990-05-301 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandGermany DR1990-04-250 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceSpain1988-03-232 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandIsrael1987-11-105 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1989 - 1990
1/4 finalsKöln FCRoyal Antwerp1990-03-062 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundDundee UnitedGlentoran1989-09-272 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1989 u20
1/2 finalsNigeria u20USA u201989-02-282 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
1st stageBrazil u20Germany DR u201989-02-172 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1990 qualifiers - Europe
CzechoslovakiaBelgium1988-11-160 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1988 - 1989
3rd roundNapoliBordeaux1988-12-070 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundJuventusAthletic Bilbao1988-10-265 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundDniproBordeaux1988-09-071 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1988 qualifiers
FinlandCzechoslovakia1987-09-093 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1986 - 1987
2nd roundTorpedo MoskvaVfB Stuttgart1986-10-222 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1986 - 1987
3rd roundAA GentGöteborg1986-11-260 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSparta PragueVitoria Guimarães1986-09-171 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1985 - 1986
1/2 finalsBayer UerdingenAtlético de Madrid1986-04-162 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1985 - 1986
3rd roundSpartak MoskvaNantes1985-11-270 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundPSVDnipro1985-10-232 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1986 qualifiers - Europe
SwitzerlandDenmark1984-10-171 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
British Championship
Northern IrelandScotland1983-12-132 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1984 u21
Germany FR u21Austria u211983-10-042 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1983 - 1984
1st roundRapid WienNantes1983-09-143 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1984 qualifiers
CyprusSweden1982-11-130 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)