Mark Halsey and Ian Ridley

Mark Halsey was the longest-serving full-time professional referee in the English game when he retired at the end of the 2012-13 season after a 20-year career that included a remarkable 14 years in the Premier League. An inspiring survivor of throat cancer, he grew up in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire but now lives with wife Michelle and daughter Lucy near Bolton, Lancashire. Since hanging up his whistle he is a refereeing pundit on TV and radio and has his own national newspaper column.

Ian Ridley is the author of 10 football books, including the number one best-selling Addicted with former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams. Over a 35-year career he has written on the game for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer and The Mail on Sunday for whom he was Chief Football Writer and is a regular contributor on both TV and radio. He was named Sports Journalist of the Year in the 2007 British Press Awards and has been nominated on two other occasions. He now has his own publishing company Floodlit Dreams.