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referee mobbed 1897

Pity poor William Hay, referee of a match involving Moffat FC in Dumfries in 1897, who was ‘mobbed and shamefully treated’ at the final whistle, an incident depicted in this typically vivid image from the Illustrated Police News. In a subsequent court session it was revealed that he had been threatened, seized, and pelted with eggs. Five defendants were fined a pound each for throwing eggs, while another was fined two pounds for attempting to pull the ref’s nose.

As featured in The Victorian Football Miscellany by Paul Brown.

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