A tribute to John Key

A tribute to John Key

You Are The Ref sends our condolences to the family of former Football League referee John Key who passed away over the weekend at his home in Cyprus. John was a real character and was certainly straight talking.

After a terrific lecture delivered at an Association of Premier League and Football League Conference some years ago by a top journalist from the Sunday People when an invitation was made for questions from the audience, John was the first on his feet.

He thanked the journalist and his newspaper for giving him a ten out of ten mark. The journalist beamed in a positive manner to be cut short when John said: "Just a minute I got to ten over three games.

"A three out of ten, a two out of ten and a five out of ten." His comment had the audience in raptures for catching the guest speaker out.

A real character who was on hand to look after the referees appointed to Rotherham United games for several years.