Graham Poll to be star guest at next Armchair Club sporting dinner

Referee Graham Poll  during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Colchester and Barnsley at Layer Road, Colchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 12, 2006. Photo credit should read: Mark Lees/PA.''THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO UNOFFICIAL CLUB WEBSITE USE.
Referee Graham Poll during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Colchester and Barnsley at Layer Road, Colchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 12, 2006. Photo credit should read: Mark Lees/PA.''THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO UNOFFICIAL CLUB WEBSITE USE.

Former World Cup referee Graham Poll is to be the star attraction at The Armchair Club’s next Sporting dinner.

As part of the event, which takes place on 27th September at the John Fretwell Centre in Sookholme, Poll will lift the lid on the high-pressure environment of being a top football referee.

During his career the Hertfordshire-based referee officiated in a number of high-profile matches, including the 2005 Uefa Cup final between CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon.

Poll was also the English representative at two World Cups and UEFA Euro 2000 and was considered to be the best referee in the country for a number of seasons.

But he will perhaps be best remembered for a blunder in the 2006 World Cup when he cautioned Croatian Josip Šimunić three times before sending the player off in their match against Australia.

His final domestic game in a career spanning 1,544 matches was the Championship play-off final on 28 May 2007 between Derby County and West Bromwich Albion.

The Armchair club was established to provide financial support to budding sports stars of the future around Mansfield, with funds previously being used to support Rebecca Adlington, Ollie Hynd and Oliver Wilson.

Ticket prices are £35 per person and we can arrange individual tickets or multiples, and of course tables of 8, 10, and 12 for groups or companies.

For further information, call 01623 627247 or e-mail to enquiries@armchairclub.org