John Beaton

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John Beaton
Full name John Beaton
Born (1982-01-09) 9 January 1982 (age 38)
Other occupation Communications Officer
Years League Role
2001– Scottish Football Association Referee
2009–2013 SFL / SPL Referee
2013– SPFL Referee
Years League Role
2012– FIFA listed Referee

John William Beaton (born 9 January 1982 in Motherwell) is a FIFA referee and currently a referee in the SPFL.



Beaton became a referee in 2001 and was admitted to the SFA senior list in 2005 before becoming a Category 1 referee in 2009.[1]

He has refereed at the UEFA U17 Championship Qualifying Tournament in 2009[2] and the Scottish Junior Cup Final.[3] He refereed two games at UEFA u19 Elite Round in Serbia in May 2012. His first Europa League match appointment is 5 July 2012 Elsborg v Floriana.

In March 2010 he was stuck in snow gates overnight on the A9 in Scotland after refereeing an Elgin City match, along with the Queen's Park team.[4]

Beaton became a FIFA referee in 2012.[5] He appeared as a fourth official in the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Romania and the Netherlands.[6]

Non football[edit]

Outside of football Beaton started his career as a journalist before becoming communications officer for Strathclyde Police. He is currently media relations manager at ScotRail Alliance having previously been a communications officer for the University of Strathclyde.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He is cousin of fellow referee Steven Nicholls.[3]


  1. ^ "SFA Profile". Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  2. ^ "John Beaton and Andy Tait appointed to UEFA". INSIDE FOOTBALL. Scottish Football Association. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Cup final honour for whistler John". Motherwell Times. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Snow way through for Queen's Park team and referee". Scottish Television. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Scotland: Referees". Retrieved on 6 June 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Romania - Netherlands 1:4 (1:3)". 16 October 2012. Retrieved on 6 June 2013.
  7. ^ "MR John Beaton Communications Officer". Strathclyde University. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.