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27th May 2014

Monday and back home from London by lunchtime. Listened in the car to the news that Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has kept his job after his recently leaked personal emails featuring derogatory comments about females.

Am I surprised - no way, many organisations make noises about sexism, racism, bigotry and other popular PC subjects. At the end of the day MONEY is God, most definitely in football. Scudamore is excellent for the Premier League and its clubs, he has made them a fortune and himself by the way. Now if he'd made a gash of the job, then he'd have been on his way!!

Monday night off to Sunderland to watch the musical Twentieth Century Boy, featuring the life and music of Marc Bolan. Not my usual type of music but my first girlfriend after leaving school was mad on him and after months of nights of baby sitting with her it got drummed into me so eventually I succumbed to her tastes. Fortunately I stuck to my DM's, Levi sta-prests and Ben Sherman checked gingham shirts rather than her Looms!!!

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Lady Ibrox put in a decent show at Southwell, but finished third in a race that if she'd been 100% she would have walked. Experiencing breathing problems that we need to get to the bottom of and get sorted once and for all.

Tuesday and the first of two consecutive days with the little fellah, but first the news that Yaya didn't get a birthday card. Try being me pal, I get fuck all for my birthday, Christmas or come to think of it any other day of the year. My wife doesn't pay me £220,000 a week either!!

Greedy bastard footballers, they are becoming a laughing stock now. Richard Scudamore has made sure that the billions flow into the top clubs and has helped create these individuals who earn more in a week than most supporters will in five years.

Afternoon and the play group, swings and a walk in the sunshine, another nice day forecast for Wednesday so a trip to Saltburn planned before another trip to the theatre, this time Darlington rather than Sunderland this time to listen to definitely my type of music. Geno Washington, Jackie Graham and The Foundations.

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Like all top football sides it sets a good example when the squad turn up for the game smartly dressed in team tracksuits as it suggests that they are coordinated and ready to play as a team. The scruffy bastards of the Methil and Buckhaven RSC prove the exception to the rule. Jimmy the Bucket Watson, who once allegedly impressed Brian Clough, didn't last too long, evidently going off sulking because no one sent him a birthday card!!!

Elsewhere the authorities bring in ridiculous rules preventing players well down the pyramid from betting on football; just how are they going to police it? Anyone can get a bet on nowadays and they can get someone else to put one on. Anyway what harm is there in having an interest bet on a game that you are watching that you have absolutely no influence over.

Thursday morning started with a visit from a photographer to take photos for a campaign to warn against drink driving during the World Cup. Something I firmly believe in - my life would be over without a car and more worryingly so could be the life of a child if I was involved in an accident.

After a couple of days of blistering sunshine sod's law it's pissing down for Wetherby races. The mood is brightened though with the news that Lemon has quit Sellick, trouble is they might get a decent manager who is also a decent human being.

Losing day at the track but a good afternoon out. Amazing, 24 hours earlier I'd been on the beach in shorts and a tee shirt, today its wrapped up to keep out the cold wind and rain. Can't wait to get to the sun.

I'd started the day off by doing the aforementioned photo shoot for a campaign to stop drink driving during the World Cup. The old 'Give the Red card theme' accompanied by the following words, that I suggest all take note of:-

  "I'm looking forward to a summer of great football, where the social side of it is as important as the games being played," said Jeff.

"It's normal for people to want to have a few drinks while they watch a match, and hopefully England fans will have something to celebrate, and we really don't want to spoil that. However, drinking and then driving really isn't a winning formula, so my advice would be for supporters to leave the car at home. Memories of the World Cup should be all about the magic football and results, they should not be marred with regrets about a decision to drive home from the pub.

"Think about the consequences. One daft decision could lead to fatal consequences for you or someone else and could change a lot of lives for ever. Nobody wants that."

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Thursday afternoon at Wetherby, the sunbshine of 24 hours earlier replaced by wind an drain. Stable horse Spiekeroog comes into the winners enclosure after finishing fourth in the seller, probably her last appearance under rules. Good money chasing bad for the connections, which is often the case for racehorse owners. Rangers Racing is likely to be making the same decision over Blue Sea of Ibrox, she will win but its what it costs to keep her in training until she does. The prize money in modest events just doesn't cover the costs.

Friday and instead of the usual preparation of a breakfast for my son, sadly it was funeral to attend. A guy I went to junior school with and then onto Middlesbrough High School. During the summer holidays the playing fields of Breckon Hill was the home for cricket and football with Ray Watton and other pals, David Woodgate, Brian Rodgers, Colin and Malcolm Straker.

During the winter months we visited each others houses as the fixture list dictated to fulfil our Subbuteo league fixtures. Ray was Chelsea and the best player, though there were many arguments about his style of play that was more push than flick. Believe it or not I was Newcastle United and did okay until a disastrous day at mine against Chelsea when Frank Clark fell off the table and was then stood on.

After a week long operation and recuperation featuring Super Glue the left back was back in action, but was never the same player. Ray remained an avid football fan and got himself involved on the committee at Billingham Synthonia. Quiet, gentle man who didn't deserve to go so young. RIP Pud.

More bad news, my son Craig informed that another school mate Jimmy Smith has only an estimated week to live. Jinky was on my dinner table at High School, a few years older than me, a cracking local league footballer and Boro Boot Boy like myself, he too got involved with non league football and was heavily involved with Marske United. Should his demise be as predicted I am likely to be away by the time of his funeral, but I will still have some good memories of him from my youth.

That's TWO, fucking hell, they say it comes in threes, perhaps a sign of my age, but were all getting closer to the inevitable. Hard to believe it's a year since the brutal murder of Gunner Lee Rigby. At least my pals had enjoyed a fairly full life and didn't have theirs stolen by murdering bastard scumbags.

Ray's young niece said a few words at the funeral which always gets me going. At funerals my mind tends to wander and I think about it being me in the box. That's going to happen sooner rather than later so an afternoon with Oliver was what was needed to lift my spirits, which needed doing as I wasn't working on the evening so that meant another night at home. It's not the money and the banter I like best about speaking its just that it means I'm not at home!!! Wasting my life but stuck with no alternatives, hopefully the lottery numbers might come up this weekend.

In the meantime I will continue to live life to the full and in so doing try and help others. Another three fundraising dinners in the diary for what is becoming a very busy autumn.

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Running scared???

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Just a thought, nowadays many smaller organisations have stopped doing Sportman's evenings mainly due to the economic recession and the increasing costs. If your club doesn't have the numbers to support the traditional speakers evening then why not book me for a one man show, I regularly do these, my normal After Dinner slot followed by a Q & A session and fundraising activities. I can assure you there is more than enough content to fill the night.

I have a booking coming up that is for an organisation that is very close to my heart, MND Scotland. I know a lot of readers have asked me to let them know when and where I am speaking in Scotland, so here's an opportunity and in so doing helping a brilliant cause.

The event is at the Gailes Hotel, Irvine on Friday 27th June, the speakers as well as myself include Willie Young and John Gahagan. Tickets are £45 each or £400 for a table of ten and can be ordered via

Motor Neurone Disease is a debilitating illness that took the life of former Boro hero Willie Maddren and recently former Rangers star Fernando Ricksen has been diagnosed with the same disease. When I was refereeing I was well known for sporting a goatee beard. So during the month of last November to try and raise funds for the society that works so hard to help people suffering from the disease it made a comeback before being removed at Ibrox stadium along with the hair on my head. The charity account is still open and I am still hoping people will contribute. Please help me help them.

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Manager of the year in Fife, Scott Greig shows off his trophy presented by former Rangers star Davie Smith. It was to mark a magnificent ten in a row. Not titles!!! Ten different women on ten consecutive nights. Message from the manager: "My team talk was to give everyone a straight vodka, tell them they should be honoured to represent a great bus and remember the war cry of 'No Surrender'."

I don't do politics but someone sent me this which is supposedly written by Nigel Farage. Whether it is or not I don't think I disagree with much of its content.


"I am the Tory Party's Worst Nightmare. I am a White, Tax-Paying, God fearing English man. I am a hard working Brit and I work long hours to earn a living.

I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don't push it on others.

  I believe in British products and buy them whenever I can.

  I believe the money I make belongs to me and not to some governmental functionary, to share with others who don't work!

I think owning a home doesn't make you a capitalist; it makes you a smart Brit.

I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it. Join in with the majority!

I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, you should do it in English. I believe there should be no other language option.

I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

My heroes are fellow Brits like Freddy Flintoff and Winston Churchill and I know I've missed a few thousand!!!

I don't hate the rich. What I hate is the way they always manage to avoid d paying proper taxes. I don't pity the poor, I just hate the way they are always moaning that they are hard done by!!

I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time watching or arguing about it.

I believe if you don't like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country!

This is ENGLAND... We like it the way it is and even more so the way it was... so stop trying to change it to look like some other socialist country!

If you were born or legally migrated here and don't like it... you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the House of Commons, the seat of our biggest problems.

I want to know where the "Do Gooders" get their money from, and why are they always part of the problem and not the solution? Can I get an AMEN on that one?

I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what race, colour or creed you are. And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my driving licence. I think it's good....

I dislike those people trying to guilt me into making 'donations' to their cause... Get a job and support yourself and your family!

I believe 'illegal' is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!

I believe the Union Jack flag should be allowed to be flown anywhere in the United Kingdom!

If this makes me a BAD Brit, then yes, I'm a BAD Brit. If you are a BAD Brit too, please forward this to everyone you know...

We want our country back! My Country...

I hope this offends all illegal aliens.

My great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Boer War. My grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in World Wars 1&2. I watched as my friends died in Sierra Leone Bosnia, & Desert Storm. Our sons and daughters watched & bled as their friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq. None of them died for the Afghanistan and Iraq Flag. Every Briton died for the British flag.

At one high school, foreign students raised a Middle East flag on a school flag pole. British students took it down. Guess who was expelled... the students who took it down.

West London high school students were sent home, because they wore T-shirts with the Union Jack flag printed on them...

What is going on?? What idiots do we have in authority?? Enough is enough.

This message needs to be viewed by every Brit; and every Briton needs to stand up for Britain. We've bent over to appease the Brit-haters long enough. I'm taking a stand.

I'm standing up because of the millions who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the British flag.

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message. IT IS NOT!

Britons, stop giving away Your RIGHTS!


This statement DOES NOT mean I'm against immigration!

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally:

1. Get a sponsor!

2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!

3. Live by OUR rules! Dress as we Britons Do

4. Get a job!

5. Pay YOUR Taxes!

6. No Social Security until you have earned it and paid for it!

7. Find a place to lay your head!

If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

We've gone so far the other way... bent over backwards not to offend anyone.


If you do not Pass this on, may your fingers cramp!



Nigel Farage UKIP


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The greatest team in football the world has ever seen, NOT!!! The athletic alcohol fuelled men of the Methil and Buckhaven RSC bus. Victorious on penalties against the Glenrothes RSC. My God, they must be shite!!

Saturday's play off final proved that crime does pay. We'll never know if Johnny Russell would have scored before Gary O'Neil cynically brought him down, but they weathered the Derby storm and snatched the most unlikely late winner that sees QPR back in the Greed is Good League.

The £120 million foul!!! I doubt that Tony Fernandes, Harry Redknapp, Gary O'Neil or any QPR fan will care as the end justifies the means. That my friends is what is wrong with football!!

After a fairly tepid start the Champions League Final also had an amazing ending. Gareth Bale, who had had a mare, pops up to give Real the lead and is a hero. Manager wanting to fight player!!

I had a cracking night on the in play market, placing my free in play bet on header for the second match goal @ 10/1, followed it up with backing Real to win in extra time @ 12/5, then at 2-1 backed another match goal @ 12/5. the FA haven't brought a rule out preventing former Refs from having a bet, have they??

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Wednesday afternoon, on the beach at Saltburn, Oliver is confused by his shadow that follows us everywhere!!


Another show to attend at Darlington Civic, Carnaby Street featuring the music of the 60s, a speaking event in Barrow then a couple of weeks in the sun before the World Cup.

Have a good week.

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