... but for the next few nights, he will be overseeing some of the international greats from yesteryear at London’s O2 arena.
Cumbrian referee Anthony Backhouse is one of the officials on duty at the Star Sixes – the first ever competitive world football tournament for former international players – and he’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Desailly, Pires, Djorkaeff, Ballack, Hamann, Del Piero, Di Canio, Borgetti, Okocha, Deco, Postiga, Gomes, Mendieta, Salgado and some of England’s and Scotland’s ‘old boys’.
Recently promoted to the EFL middle, Anthony will become the first referee from Cumbria since Colin Seel (an adopted Cumbrian) to control a game at Football League level.
Colin was at Borough Park for the Carlisle United game and would have been suitably impressed with the man-in-the-middle’s performance.
After his busman’s holiday in the capital, Brampton’s man in black will referee at Holker Street and Brunton Park before awaiting his first Football League appointment.
Updated 08:31 - 14 Jul 2017 by Paul Armstrong