ENGLAND’S earliest referee continues to be blowing his whistle at age 81.
Peter Phillimore, referred to as Pete the Ref, has officiated at greater than 1,000 matches.
The upon the market glass beveller required up refereeing within the 1980s and it has spent greater than 4 decades within the Southern Amateur League.
Grandad-of-three Pete, from Bermondsey, South London, transported on despite a cancer diagnosis 3 years ago.
Daughter Joanne Brooks, 47, stated: “Football continues to be Dad’s existence and it has been the factor that’s stored him going while he’s been poorly.
“Every Saturday or sunday for a long time he’s been lower around the pitch running games. He loves it.
And she or he added: “Outside of his family, football and refereeing continues to be his greatest factor, his absolute passion.
“Dad only has ever wanted individuals to have a great time and revel in everything this unique sport provides.”
The Amateur Football Alliance lately honoured Millwall fan Pete having a lengthy-service award – along with a standing ovation.