Retired controversial Premier League football referee
In May 2000 Kevin Lynch retired from refereeing Association Football after a career lasting 33 years. For the final 15 years, he officiated at Professional Level, the last 8 of which was spent as a Football League Referee.
During his career, he acted as Assistant Referee at the Semi-Finals of both the FA and Football League Cups, and amongst many appointments overseas as a FIFA Assistant Referee, the highlight was the 1992 UEFA Cup Final between Torino and Ajax. In 1999, Kevin was the Fourth Official at the Football League Centenary Challenge Match between Sunderland and Liverpool.
He officiated on 3 occasions at Wembley: 4th Official at the 1989 FA Charity Shield -Arsenal versus Liverpool; Assistant Referee at the 1992 4th Division Play-Off Final - Blackpool versus Scunthorpe United; and the highlight of his domestic career was his appointment to referee the 2000 AutoWindscreen's Shield Final between Stoke City and Bristol City.
Over the years, Kevin Lynch was involved in some high profile situations:
A 21-man brawl in a game between Norwich City and Crystal Palace;
Sending off 5 players (a Football League record) during a game between Wigan Athletic and Bristol Rovers - 4 of them from the Bristol team!
Being under threat from the Football League after bowing to the crowd, and the conducting their singing, in a match between Leyton Orient and Brentford.
Kevin is a former President of the Association of Premier League and Football League Match Officials; and the Football Association employed him as a Professional Referee Coach. He is currently a consultant to Sky & the Football League on televised games throughout the country.
Kevin has been on the after dinner speaking circuit for many years, specialising in functions at Golf, Cricket and Football Clubs. He has shared the 'bill' with Football Legends such as Nobby Stiles, Duncan McKenzie, Nat Lofthouse, Dave Bassett and Gordon Banks, as well as Entertainers such as Tom O'Connor.
Kevin Lynch doesn't tell jokes - that he leaves to the comedians - his routine is a series of hilarious anecdotes from his refereeing career both home and abroad - and all the stories are absolutely true!