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Lee S. Mason (born 29 October 1971) is an Englishmarker football referee originating from Boltonmarker, Lancashiremarker. He is chairman of the Bolton Referees Society, and still lives locally. His younger brother Andy is a former professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers, among others.


Lee attended Liverpool Institute of Higher Education between 1990-1993 where he gained his degree. Whilst there he played for his college football team as well as being a regular compere, hosting a variety of social events at the Student Union club, The Derwent. Lee is an old boy of the exclusive Newman Hall.


He took up the whistle in 1988, officiating in the Bolton Boys Fed. In 1992 he was added to the North West Counties Football League assistant referees' list, and progressed to full referee for that competition four years later. He was included on the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998, and fulfulled that role once more in the Premier League from 2000.

In 2002, he was promoted to referee for the Football League, and his first match at that level was the Football League Third Division encounter at Gay Meadowmarker between Shrewsbury and Exeter on August 10 2002, the match finishing 1-0 to the home side.

He also took charge of the 2002 FA County Youth Cup Final between Birmingham and Durham, which Birmingham won 2-1.

Mason became a "Development Group" referee in 2003, and finally reached the Premier League list of Select Group referees in 2006. His first ever match in that league as man-in-the-middle came on 4 February 2006, when Middlesbrough lost 4-0 at home to Aston Villa, the goals coming via a Luke Moore hat-trick, and Kevin Phillips.

He was also chosen to control the League One Play-Off Final between Barnsley and Swansea at the Millennium Stadiummarker, Cardiffmarker, on 27 May 2006, which Barnsley won on penalties after a 2-2 scoreline following extra time.

Mason also took charge of the 2009 FA Youth Cup final first leg between Arsenal and Liverpool

Career statistics

Season Games Total per game Total per game
2002/2003 24 94 3.92 3 0.13
2003/2004 30 118 3.93 6 0.20
2004/2005 36 108 3.00 3 0.08
2005/2006 37 90 2.43 3 0.08
2006/2007 33 87 2.64 3 0.09
2007/2008 30 110 3.66 4 0.13


  1. Birthdate confirmation and biography: the Football League Official website.
  2. Andy Mason (ex-footballer), Lee's brother: Boston United website.
  3. First Football League match, Shrewsbury v. Exeter, Division Three, 2002: website.
  4. FA Youth Cup Final 2002, Birmingham v. Durham: website.
  5. First Premier League match, Middlesbrough v. Aston Villa, 2006: website.
  6. League One Play-Off Final 2006, Barnsley v. Swansea: website.

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