Phil Dowd selected to referee FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea
Phil Dowd was today appointed referee for this season's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.
The 49-year-old will take charge of the Wembley showpiece for the first time in his career on Saturday, May 5 (kick-off 5.15pm).
The former miner from Staffordshire was also the man in the middle for this season's Community Shield, as well as the 2010 Carling Cup final.
Dowd, who has been refereeing for 28 years, said: "I was honoured and privileged when I found out.
"You obviously hope as a referee that you might one day be considered for the FA Cup final, so it will certainly be the highlight of my career so far.
"I would never have thought in my wildest dreams that when I first started refereeing that one day I'd be refereeing the FA Cup final.
"Watching the final as a boy was something I always loved to do."
The married father of four will also spare a thought on cup final day for his own father, who passed away three years ago.
"It was always an ambition of his to see me referee the FA Cup final, so I'll have a special thought for him on the day," he said.
Dowd will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Andrew Garratt, along with fourth official Michael Jones and reserve assistant referee Simon Long.
Latest in Sport
New day (slowly) rising – As Brasileirão gets underway, Brazilian football stumbles, rather than leaps into the future
The average Serie A crowd last year was 13,000 - comparable to Australia’s A-League.
by James Young
24 May 2013 04:31 PM
Monaco is a street circuit where driver ability is more important than anywhere else and if we take ...
by Gareth Purnell
24 May 2013 02:00 AM
Three weeks ago as I drove off the Eurostar, I remember thinking what a very long time it was until ...
by Martin Ayres
23 May 2013 05:29 PM
'Too expensive and too corporate' – ITV presenter Adrian Chiles says of English football as he praises the German Bundesliga ahead of Bayern Munich facing Borussia Dortmund
Why Manchester City were willing to fork out $500m on stake in MLS
Champions League final: Biggest German invasion since the fifth century as Borussia Dortmund face Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: 50 things you should know about the Champions League final
Champions League Final: Can Jürgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund stop the Bayern Munich machine?
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.