Paul Trevillion (biography)Medium:
Pen & Ink on BoardSize:
9" x 16" (220mm x 405mm)Date:
c. 1975This is the original Pen & Ink drawing by Paul Trevillion.
'You are the Ref': this enduring football feature originated in 1952 in the pages of 'Lillywhite', the Tottenham Hotspur magazine, when Paul Trevillion was asked to provide a cartoon quiz strip.
Five years later the strip, now called 'Hey Ref', appeared in The People newspaper. By the mid 1960s Trevillion was working on the 'Roy of the Rovers' strip in Tiger along with more factual football material. He was therefore a natural to continue the quiz strip in the new magazine Shoot when it launched in 1969 and ran until 1983.
The referees who posed the questions were Stan Lover followed by Clive Thomas and it continues today under the guidance of Keith Hackett. The examples we have are mainly from the mid 1970s and some contain likenesses of famous footballers of the era such as Everton, Arsenal and Southampton legend Alan Ball.