Peter Walton was named general manager of the newly formed Professional Referee Organization (PRO) in March of 2012.
Walton brings a wealth of officiating experience to PRO, working as a professional referee for nearly two decades. A brief biography is below:
Position: PRO General Manager
Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1959
Hometown: Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England
Along with managing games that featured the top teams in England, Walton has shared his officiating knowledge for the betterment of his profession. In January of 2007, Walton and former Premier League referee Ray Olivier led an Advanced Course for Referees’ Instructors in coordination between The Football Association (The FA) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).
Walton started his officiating career in 1986 on a local basis in England, but by 1993 he was an assistant referee in The Football League and an assistant in the Premier League in 1994. In 1998, Walton was promoted to The Football League list of referees, where he served in that capacity until 2003.
Walton returned to the Premier League as a head official with his debut on Oct. 25, 2003, during a Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 victory against Leicester City at the Wolves’ home ground, Molineux Stadium.
Walton has refereed some noteworthy fixtures over the years, including the 2003 Football League Trophy final between Bristol City and Carlisle United and the 2008 FA Community Shield between Manchester United and Portsmouth.
Walton is a former player in the United Counties League, playing for his hometown Long Buckby Association FC.