The brief for this article started out with a simple working title of "a day in the life of a football referee", with the objective being to track a top whistler in his winter Saturday duties.

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But by 5pm on Saturday June 22, at Allen Hill Stadium in Devonport, that had all changed.

Turned out it was more a case of the bizarre "life in a day" of a ref.

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Because Fifa-badged referee Nick Waldron suddenly found himself in uncharted waters as a keenly contested Northern Premier League match between North Shore United

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