Geoff Eltringham (L1)(SG2)

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Name: Geoff Eltringham
Age: 38
Refereeing Level: 1
Began Refereeing: 1998
Occupation: SG2 Referee

How where you introduced into refereeing?

I played for the school football team, the referee for our home game didn’t turn up so as I was a substitute I offered to referee the game, I got the refereeing bug from there!!

What has been the highlight of your career so far and why?

My highlight Is undoubtedly being selected to the SG2 list of referees. To have something that you love doing so much as an occupation Is stuff dreams are made of and I’m very grateful and thankful for the opportunity.

What is the biggest game you have officiated and why?

Tranmere Vs Hartlepool a few seasons ago, they were the bottom two teams in the football league and If either lost on the day they would have been relegated to the national league. It ended In a draw with Tranmere relegated the following week.

What are your aims and ambitions as a referee?

To be promoted to SG1!!

What/Who has been the biggest influence on your career and why?  

Malcolm Langley offered me the best piece of advice in my career and without that advice I don’t think I’d be in the position that I’m In now. The advice was to give up my Sunderland AFC season ticket and concentrate on my refereeing. Thanks, Mal!!!

In your opinion who is / was the best referee?

There has been a lot of fantastic referees over the years, but I think the key Is to believe in yourself and have the self-belief to achieve your goals and targets!!

Accurate as of March 2018

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