John Rowbotham

Former Scottish Grade 1 Referee

John was appointed to referee the 2005 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Dundee United. He said the feeling he had when appointed resulted in him speaking to spacemen for days! Now retired, John was also a FIFA referee and has officiated at 4 World Cup qualifiers. Instantly recognisable for his 6’3”frame and shaved head, he was a favourite with both home and away fans.

John is happy speaking to audiences of 50 to 500. Recent speaking engagements have included St Mirran FC dinner with 500 guests, the boxing promoter Tommy Gilmour’s monthly sportsman’s evening and Dundee United’s corporate dinner at the Hilton in Glasgow.

He also spoke at the recent East Fife all-time greats awards in Kirkaldy and the Central Amateurs dinner in Motherwell with over 200 guests in attendance.

To book and football speaker, John Rowbotham for your corporate event, conference or function, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, John is known to cover the following topics:

  • Scottish Cup
  • Scottish League
  • The Premier League
  • Football Management
  • Refereeing