What exactly do Premier League referees perform off the field? One official has obtained a career turn distinct for his weekend whistle-blowing – and – swapped red cards such as documents.
There are few greater joys than whiling away a spare half hour. Tucked away in Headingley, the student funding of Leeds, is a record shop run by a recognizable face at the Premier League. The Vinyl Whistle is a labor of love including referee Jon Moss, who first set foot on the streets of Headingley.
“I was very lucky when I had been at college since it was that Manchester scene just taking off,” states that the Select Group referee.
“James, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, all really great bands that are still moving now. It just had a scene in Leeds and Manchester. We used to head over to get a night out to the Hacienda. If they went through a bit of a rock phase, I saw Primal Scream at Huddersfield Uni once.
“My wife wanted a coffee shop, and we toyed with that idea. Then we were on vacation in February and I said,’Shall we take a go in a record shop with a bit of coffee?’ So we found this property and it went out of there. We wanted it to maintain Headingley since we love this place”
Moss is firmly rooted in the indie category, so has opening the store opened his eyes to genres he neglected?
“Absolutely. I am out from my comfort zone with matters such as jazz,” he admits. “I’m really attempting to get into jazz but the most I can hear is approximately 30 minutes. One of the men who works this is a pupil who is right into his jazz so he is trying to train me there is a little that.”
Now to the question, what do the referees like listening to?
“In the Select Group we have got a real mixture of music,” Moss explains. “I did an interview a while ago and explained that Kevin Friend was into his dance music, I found him and he said,’It is not dancing, it is trance!’
“Then we’ve got Craig Pawson into indie songs, like me. Anthony Taylor is into some really dodgy music, things like this and those guilty pleasures such as Miley Cyrus. Martin Atkinson is into The Jam and Graham Scott likes a bit of Queen. There is a true mix throughout the board”
The thought of booting into Kevin Buddy at a Cream Ibiza night, hands in the air, as Binary Finary’s 1998 (Paul van Dyk remix, naturally ) pumps out across the dance floor is surely an honorable one.
On television, we’re used to hearing the music pumped from their rooms and then watching the pictures of gamers wandering through the tunnel on coming . Referees are different.
“We have got a team of four men in the dressing room,” Moss explains. “The players’ve got a music-off between the two dressing rooms and we’re in the center of everything. 2pm is audio time at the area in which you’ve got history music.
“Then you’ve got your accumulation last tune before you go out. I’ve got a playlist of approximately an hour. In general, it’s The Courteeners before we go out -‘Not Nineteen Forever’. Take That since the tune before we go out. I’m not a Take That fan but it’s a mickey take from years back that’s just stuck.”
For Moss and a lot of his colleagues, music is a portion of a job that pressurised every year along with is currently getting more and more high profile.
“Refereeing is changing, obviously we have got a great deal of technologies, VAR and goal-line technologies,” says Moss. “But additionally social websites. Generally, when you’re writing something on social websites it is not to mention although there are several parody accounts out there, so we’re not permitted to have a social media account, the referee has a excellent game.
“I think it’s becoming increasingly more challenging for referees to get away from that other side as well. For the referees, it’s something that they will have to deal with more and more.
“Once I did a match past Saturday I was at Brighton, therefore it’s a very long drive back to Leeds. I put a load of music on all the way up and before I knew it I was at Leicester with a hundred miles to visit home.
“I don’t wish to do a match and listen to television shows, phone-ins assessing everything, therefore I think it’s great just to switch off. If you’ve had a fantastic game you’re buzzing with the audio but if things have not gone to program it may be more of a reflective playlist.”
You can see our feature with Jon Moss at The Vinyl Whistle on this weekend’s Soccer Saturday.
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