Graham Poll – Former Premiership and World Cup Football Referee. Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker.
Graham Poll is said to be the most well-known and most experienced English football referee of all time. Whilst his achievements are considerable, including the last FA Cup Final at Wembley stadium in 2000 and the first referee to reach the milestone of refereeing 300 Premier League matches he will always be remembered for issuing one player with 3 yellow cards at a World Cup match during the 2006 final competition in Germany 2006.
Educated at Alleyne’s School in Stevenage, Graham Poll achieved 8 GCE O level passes and 2 A level passes in Mathematics and English. Motivated to achieve at the earliest possible age, Poll left education to follow a highly successful sales career in the FMCG marketplace after learning the principles of selling in the business to business world of office equipment with Canon UK Ltd.
An excellent communicator and presenter, Graham Poll quickly progressed to first and then second line management and for 7 years oversaw a rapidly expanding direct sales force at Coty UK alongside his refereeing career. Forced to leave full time employment in 1999 due to his dedication to achieving world recognition in football, Poll started his own business with another ex- sales director from Hays and fellow International referee, Graham Barber. Together they developed an internet site which they negotiated the sale of for £1.5m in 2001 before becoming a full time professional referee.
Now an excellent after-dinner speaker, limiting his appearances to 20 per year due to continuing refereeing commitments.
Poll is also available to speak to businesses where he combines his sporting experiences to those of his sales world producing a humorous and insightful view of the importance of MOTIVATION, TEAMWORK and LEADERSHIP.
Major Refereeing Appointments have included:
- FIFA WORLD CUP KOREA/JAPAN 2002
- FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY 2006
- UEFA CUP FINAL 2005
- UEFA EURO 2000
- UEFA U16 FINAL TOURNAMENT
- FA Challenge Cup Final 2000
- Worthington Cup Final 2002
- FA Charity Shield 1998
- FA Vase Final 1997
- UEFA Champions League Semi Final 2000
- UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 2003
- UEFA Cup Semi Final 2002
- UEFA Cup Quarter Final 2001
- 26 A International Matches
- 320 FA Premier League Matches
- 42 UEFA Champions League Matches