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Graham Poll

graham poll

Price Range
£2,500 - £5,000

Type of Entertainment
Speaker - Sporting

Great For...
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies

Graham Poll is said to be the most well known & most experienced English football referee of all time.  Whilst his achievements are considerable, including the last FA Cup Final at the old Wembley stadium in 2000 & the first referee to reach the milestone of refereeing 300 Premier League matches he will always be remembered for issuing one player with 3 yellow cards at a World Cup match during the final in Germany 2006.

After retiring from top flight refereeing after the Championship play-off final at the new Wembley in May 2007, Poll launched his media career with his best-selling autobiography Seeing Red.  He writes his own column in The Daily Mail every week & provides expert insight for both Talksport & BBC Radio 5 Live.  A second book was published in October 2009, giving insight into World Cup controversies & work has now started on his third book, a novel.

Other media activities include refereeing on Superstars & appearances on James Corden’s A League of Their Own.  Graham also referees football specials and provides weekly comments for the Championship Manager Premier League Podcast with Mark Chapman & Kevin Day.

Educated at The Thomas Alleyne School in Stevenage, Poll left education to follow a highly successful sales career in the FMCG marketplace after learning the principles of selling in the business to business world of office equipment with Canon UK Ltd.

An excellent communicator & presenter, he quickly progressed to first & then second line management & for 7 years oversaw a rapidly expanding direct sales force at Coty UK alongside his refereeing career.  Forced to leave full time employment in 1999 due to his dedication to achieving world recognition in football, Poll started his own business with another ex-sales director from Hays & fellow International referee, Graham Barber.  Together they developed an internet site which they negotiated the sale of for £1.5m in 2001 before becoming a full time professional referee.

Now an excellent after dinner speaker, limiting his appearances to 40 per year due to continuing media commitments, Poll is available to speak to businesses where he combines his sporting experiences to those of his sales world producing a humorous & insightful view of the importance of Motivation, Teamwork & Leadership.

Talks include; “Effective Decision Making Under Pressure”, “Strength Through Adversity” & “Controlling the Controllable & the Uncontrollable”.

To enquire about or book Graham Poll for your event contact Arena Entertainment. Either send an email to or speak to one of our booking agents on 0113-239-2222.

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