Edward K. Wolstenholme (also known as Eddie Wolstenholme) is a former football referee English football. In his career, the referee has managed the Football Association and the English Premier League. He is remembered as the referee of the “Battle of Bramall Lane” which occurred in 2002.
About Eddie Wolstenholme
Eddie Wolstenholme was born on January 1, 1954, in Lancashire City, which is located in Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom. He now lives in Blackburn, Lancashire. Before becoming a specialist for PGMOL in 2001, his other occupation was as a tuning engineer.
The referee career of Eddie Wolstenholme
In 1978, Eddie Wolstenholme got an injury that forced him to give up playing non-League football and took up refereeing. He then officiated in the West Lancashire Football League after starting off refereeing for Sunday Leagues. In season 1992–93 the Football League lists his first match after being promoted in the match between Crewe and Torquay in the old Second Division on 15 August 1992.
During the 1997–98 season, he refereed not only the old First Division play-off semi-final second leg, but also the Final. The semi-final second leg occurred on May 13, 1998 when Charlton Athletic won over Ipswich Town for a 2–0 aggregate score. The final took place at Wembley on May 25, 1998, between Charlton and Sunderland.
Eddie Wolstenholme‘s job was trading engineering fitter in Preston, Lancashire before he became a full-time referee in 2001.
At the end of the 2000–01 season, it was a very busy time for Wolstenholme. He was first appointed to oversee the FA Vase Final on May 6, 2001 played between Berkhamsted Town and Taunton Town. On May 13, 2001, he was in charge of the League Two play-off semi-final first leg where Hull City and Leyton Orient played the match.
In 2002, Wolstenholme was involved in a famous game, which did not last fully 90 minutes but still remains in the records. Sheffield United had a match with West Bromwich Albion at their home ground, Bramall Lane, in the old Football League First Division.
On February 12, 2003, Eddie Wolstenholme was the fourth official during the 3–1 home defeat for England against Australia in a friendly match at Upton Park, London. This was the most remarkable match throughout his sparse international involvement.
The match on 12 February 2003 was his fourth official match, when England faced Australia in a friendly match at Upton Park, London. This is a remarkable match throughout his sparse international involvement.
Eddie Wolstenholme then took up the role of a referee’s assessor. The England referee suffered a heart attack while in that position prior to a Premier League match of Burnley against Newcastle United at Turf Moor in November 2018. They had to delay the match by 30 minutes and the referee was hospitalized.
The Battle of Bramall Lane
In the match between Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion in 2022, Wolstenholme dismissed three players during the game, and all of them were from Sheffield United. First, Simon Tracey, the goalkeeper, after 9 minutes for a handball outside the penalty area. After that was Georges Santos who crashed into Andy Johnson of Albion on 65 minutes, Eddie Wolstenholme was also sent off the course. A minute later, Patrick Suffo of Sheffield United was dismissed after a head-to-head confrontation with Derek McInnes.
Because of no replacement available after two other players had to be withdrawn from injury after the 77th minute, Eddie Wolstenholme had to abandon the game due to Sheffield United having less than 7 players left on the field.
Amongst other sanctions taken by the Football Association, Sheffield United was fined £10,000 and Neil Warnock (their manager) £300. Santos had been given a two-match ban and Suffo was fined £3,000, they never played for United again. The result was allowed to stand with the score of 0–3 at the time of the abandonment, despite the game not being completed. After that, the match was called “the Battle of Bramall Lane”.
Wolstenholme’s life-changing night at Turf Moor
In November 2018, Eddie Wolstenholme collapsed in the tunnel who had a heart attack on the night of the match between Burnley and Newcastle United. According to what he said, he only remembered he was rushing because he was late, so he went into the dressing room. Then the managers and the captains came in after him. After that he felt like tin foil went over his glasses, the only thing he can remember is he ended up in a stretcher in the tunnel going to hospital.
The cards used by the referee
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