Ron Challis

Ronald Challis (born c1932, died January 2001) was an English football referee in the Football League. During his time on the List he was based in Tonbridge, Kent.


Challis became a Football League referee in 1968 at the age of only thirty five. In 1975 he was senior linesman to Pat Partridge for the FA Cup Final. He took charge of the Final itself in 1979. This match between Arsenal and Manchester United is remembered for three goals being scored in the last four minutes, as United pulled level to two goals each, before Arsenal scored their winner. [ [ 1979 FA Cup Final] report and memories: website.]

He had two more years as a League referee before retiring in 1981.



*Football League Handbooks, 1968-1970
*Rothmans Football Yearbooks, 1971-1981
*Rothmans Football Yearbook (2001), Headline, p944 (approximate birthyear and month/year of death)
*"Oh, Ref!", by Pat Partridge & John Gibson, (Souvenir Press Ltd 1979), ISBN 0285624237


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