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Paul Alcock (referee)


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Jan 30, 2018, 4:53 PM

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An absolute gentleman who I spoke to on a few occasions when he was manager of the shopping centre in Maidstone. I knew he had been ill for sometime. RIP

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He was a pleasure to talk with. I got to know him when he started to become a referees' assessor. His opinion of certain Premier League managers were very interesting to hear.

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Former Premier League referee Paul Alcock has died after a long battle with cancer, aged 64.

Alcock passed away at Maidstone Hospital on Monday 29th January 2018, just over two years after being diagnosed with the disease, which ravaged his body and forced his weight to plummet dramatically.

The Premier League great, famed for showing Paolo Di Canio red and receiving a solid shove in return, was also manager of the Mall Chequers Centre in Maidstone and raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity following his retirement from top flight football.

It is understood Alcock and Di Canio met at a promotional event shortly after the incident in 1998 and "had a good laugh about it".

After he retired, which he had to do aged 47, he stuck with it and became a referee assessor.

Initially diagnosed in August 2015, Alcock, who lived in Church Street, Boughton Monchelsea, underwent an intensive period of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and lost three stone in 24 days while at Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury.

Paul E. Alcock
born 27th October 1953 Redhill, Surrey

He was originally based in the Redhill area before moving to Halstead, Kent.

Alcock became a Football League linesman in 1982 at the age of twenty eight. He spent six years at this level before progressing to full referee status. He joined the Premier League list in 1995.

His first premier match was the 21 home win by Coventry City over Manchester City at Highfield Road on 23rd August 1995.

On 26th September 1998, in a match between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal at Hillsborough, he was pushed over by home team striker Paolo Di Canio after having issued the player with a red card. Di Canio was given an extended ban of 11 matches for his actions.

Alcock continued refereeing Premier League matches until his 94th and final match being the 00 draw between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on 7th May 2000.

He returned to refereeing in the Football League, where he spent his final two seasons, retiring after the Norwich City versus Stockport County match in Division One on 21st April 2002.

19821988 Football League Assistant Referee
19881995 Football League Referee
19952000 Premier League Referee
20002002 Football League Referee

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Very sad to hear the news of the death of Paul.

In the 90s I used to captain and play in a team in the lunch time 5-a-side league at Doyngs leisure centre in Redhill/Surrey, whilst I worked in nearby Reigate for BT.

Even though Paul was a FL official at the time, he often used to referee our 14 minute lunch time games. I understood he was something to do with the management of the sports centre.


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