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  • Published: 15 March 2007
  • ISBN: 9780091909178
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

Who's the B*****d in the Black?

Confessions of a Premiership Referee


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A no-holds-barred exposé of the colourful and controversial life of a top-class referee, in his own words - updated to cover the World Cup and recent referee scandals!

During his career in the Premiership, Jeff Winter became one of our most high-profile referees – regularly called upon to take action while 40,000 fans screamed abuse at him. Since breaking ties with the FA, Jeff is now free to reveal the true referee experience with utter candidness: his dealings with the most controversial and volatile players, and his famous bust-ups with Sir Alex Ferguson, Sam Allardyce and others. It is a sensational tale, packed with insight and laced with wry humour.
It is also the story of how Jeff transformed himself from terrace boot-boy to lawman on the pitch: a journey of hard knocks and comic episodes as he progressed through the lower leagues to the very top. It is quite simply the most honest account of refereeing ever written.
'Back to your usual self, Jeff, fucking useless' - Sir Alex Ferguson
'He drives me nuts. An absolute prat - and you can print that as well' - Steve Bruce
'I'll get the sack soon enough. Perhaps I'll send Jeff a note when the P45 arrives' - Martin O'Neill

  • Pub date: 15 March 2007
  • ISBN: 9780091909178
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Jeff Winter

Jeff Winter's career as a referee stretched over some 25 years. Since leaving the game he has become a sought after pundit and a regular guest on Sky and BBC Five Live. Bust-ups have continued into his life as a commentator - with both Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce banning him from their grounds for his comments. He also referees BBC Superstars and has appeared as the referee in Sky's football soap Dream Team. He is much in demand as a public speaker.


Praise for Who's the B*****d in the Black?

“Hard to put down”

Sunday Times

“Jeff Winter is happy to speak out and lift the lid on his time in the middle... forthright and frank”

Scotland on Sunday

“Will be enjoyed by all those interested in how football has evolved over the past two decades”

Daily Telegraph

“The book they all wanted”

News of the World

“Great fun”

Daily Mail


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