Tony Spreadbury

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Tony Spreadbury (“Spreaders”) is a guest feature here, first published in August 2019.  Tony is Head of Professional Game Match Officials at the RFU

How long have you been refereeing for? I retired last season after my second Hip replacement. I refereed for over 30 years.

First match you can remember refereeing? Combe Down 3rds v Walcot Old Boys 3rds – my Dad was playing

Why did you start refereeing? Injury to shoulder

Favourite ground to ref at? Bath (The Rec)

Best refereeing moment? Refereeing the Quarter final of the RWC 2003 – South Africa v New Zealand.

The last game you refereed? Chard 3rds v Yatton 3rds

Pre match food? Beans on Toast

Any pre match rituals or superstitions?  Brush my hair!

One piece of advice to a new referee? Have fun

Best pieces of advice you were given? Be yourself!


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