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1966 Football Association Xmas Card signed from Dickie and Phyllis Bird

1966 Football Association Xmas Card signed from Dickie and Phyllis Bird
From the Ken Aston collection

1966 Football Association Xmas Card signed from Dickie and Phyllis Bird. Picture of the England Team (22 members) prior to the championship minor crease on the front of the card. Aston was in charge of all the referees for the 1966 World Cup competition. On the card is printed England Winners 1966



Is this the Dickie Bird of cricket fame? Sorry we do not know.





We will put on the certificate of authenticity this was owned and the posession of Ken Aston



This will have appeal from all over the world due to Aston's role in refereeing not only with Fifa, the FA and the olympics





KEN ASTON



Ken Aston worked in an era where football transcended from being quite amateurish in some of its rules, regulations and conduct and it suddenly transformed to the monster that we are seeing today. Aston was certainly instrumental in helping to create a tiny part of the game we see today. Ken Aston was best known for introducing the Red and Yellow Match Cards. This is not only is used in Football but also in Rugby.



After qualifying as referee in 1936 and becoming a football league linesman in 1949, he was the first referee to wear the black uniform with white trim, which became a standard for referees.



In 1946 he introduced the bright yellow linesmanís flag in place of the colours of the home team.



As refereeing was an amateur occupation he in time became a head teacher at Newbury Park School, Near Ilford, London and he progressed to refereeing senior league matches.



In 1957 he was linesman for the FA Cup Final, Aston Villa v Manchester United. Aston Villa won 2-1.



In 1960 and this seems to be a conflict of facts, some references say that he refereed the European Nations Cup Final, others say he didnít.



However, he refereed the Sweden v Norway 1961 World Cup Qualifier and refereed 2 games in the 1962 World Cup championship. The most famous of these being the infamous match The Battle of Santiago match between Chile and Italy. This was the first ever match where FIFA intervened on the basis of video evidence.



Ken Aston was then appointed to the FIFA referee committee, chairing it for 4 years, he was in charge of all the refereeís for the World Cupís of 1966, 1970 and 1974. He refereed the FA Cup Final Manchester United v Leicester 1963.



Rumour has it that in 1966, during the World Cup competition when sitting at some traffic lights in Kensington High Street Aston after watching the changing lights thought, the use of Red and Yellow card would help in the translation and language difficulties between refereeís and players, which had occurred following Jack Charlton incident in the England v Argentina 1966 World Cup Game. A nice story however there is no fiction that Aston introduced them into the professional game of football.



This then saved confusion with players and spectators and both then knew if a player had either been booked or sent off.



The cards were first used in 1970 World Cup competition.



In 1966 Ken Ashton introduced having a fourth official at all games, which could cover a referee or linesman if required.



Ken Ashton proposed the pressure of the ball should be specified in the laws of the game. In 1974 he introduced a number board that could be used for substitutes, so players could understand if they were being required to leave the pitch for a substitution.



Ashton became the senior lecturer of the Football Association on the refereeís panel. In the USA Chief refereeís instructor for the American Youth Soccer Organization.



In 1997 he was awarded the MBE.



He was honored all over the World as a Ground Breaking Referee and in football terms he changed the face of football.

He died in 2001.
 
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