Pat Partridge: Former World Cup referee passes away

Referee Pat Patridge (centre)
Partridge shows the Bulgaria keeper who is boss during a World Cup qualifier with Austria in 1981

Former World Cup referee Pat Partridge has died at the age of 81, six months after he was given the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Billingham-born Partridge started refereeing in local non-league football and eventually progressed to take charge of the 1975 FA Cup final.

He was also a Football Association representative for the 1978 World Cup.

There he notably refereed Peru against Poland in the round of 16, and worked as a linesman in two group matches.

Partridge retired from officiating in 1981 but stepped in as a 70-year-old at a Northern Premier League match between Bishop Auckland and Prescot Cables when a linesman was injured.

Referee Pat Partridge (second right) chats with Liverpool manager Bill Shankly (far left)
Referee Pat Partridge (second right) chats with Liverpool manager Bill Shankly (far left)

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