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What exam do you have to do then?
Basically it's on the Laws of the game.
The Referees Association conduct courses over six to eight weeks, for one night a week and lasting about two hours.
After doing that, promotion up through the ranks is judged on continually assessed performance.
What level did that allow you to referee at?
From there I moved to what was the Great Mills Western League, and that then allowed me to run the line in what is now the Nationwide Conference.
And when did you move up to the Football league?
The same year I was promoted to the Football League referees list and three years later I moved up to the Premier League.
I even moved on to the international list of referees.