Mark Halsey

Mark Halsey, who is most famous as a referee, had before taking up refereeing had been a non league goalkeeper and one of the clubs he played for was the Lilywhites.

Born in Welwyn Garden City on July 8th, 1961, 

After leaving Spurs in 1977, Mark played for Welwyn Garden United.

In 1979, he joined Hertford Town and while here held them reach the last 32 of the F.A. Trophy.

He then joins St Albans City before joining Cambridge City, Mark made his first team debut for the Lilywhites in their F.A. Trophy tie against Sudbury Town on September 6th, 1980. Despite them losing by 3 goals to 2, he became a regular member of the side, playing in nearly 90 consectitive matches. His last appearances was against Bridgend Town on March 27th, 1981 at Milton Road. The match ended in a 2 all draw. 

Mark's world was turned upside down when after feeling under the weather for some time, he was found to have cancerous tumber on one of this tounsiles. Having beaten cancer he returned to refereeing and returned to the Premier League for the match between Wigan and Blackpool.

After fourteen years at the top level of the game he put away his whistle in 2013 and the following year his auto-biography, "Added Time: Surviving cancer, death treats and the Premier League" was published.

Sources Inc:                                                                                                                                                                                        Added Time: Surviving cancer, death treats and the Premier League by Mark Halsey and Ian Ridley                                  The Non League Paper (August 3rd, 2013)