FIFA World Cup referee Graham Poll stops off in Stevenage for mural picture on home turf

Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll from Stevenage stands next to his photo on the walkway in

Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll from Stevenage stands next to his photo on the walkway in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A former FIFA World Cup and Premier League referee was on home turf this week as he posed for a picture on a walkway displaying famous faces from Stevenage.

Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll from Stevenage signs a photo at Gordon Craig Theatre

Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll from Stevenage signs a photo at Gordon Craig Theatre - Credit: Archant

Graham Poll, who refereed his last football match in 2007, was back in his home town on Tuesday when he paid a visit to a mural between Stevenage railway station and the town centre which showcases success stories in the world of sport and the arts.

The 52-year-old, who attended Thomas Alleyne and went on to referee in the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006, signed a portrait of himself and posed for pictures in the walkway.

Councillor Richard Henry, who oversees leisure services at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “As one of the many famous faces on the walkway at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, it was great that Graham stopped by. We have such a rich sporting and cultural heritage in Stevenage that I hope people who walk past and see the pictures will continue to be inspired to go on and fulfil their own ambitions, just like Graham.”

Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll from Stevenage

Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll from Stevenage - Credit: Archant


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