|Year of birth||1963|
|County FA||Staffordshire FA|
|First Premier League Match||8 December 2001: Fulham v Everton|
Phil Dowd started refereeing at the age of 21 and has enjoyed a lengthy career at the top level of English football since being promoted to the Premier League list in 2001.
He was first appointed as a Football League official in 1997 and quickly progressed. Four years later, he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and took charge of his first Premier League match when Fulham met Everton in December of that year.
Arguably his two biggest honours on the national stage came in major cup finals. Dowd officiated the 2010 League Cup showdown between Manchester United and Aston Villa, then two years later he was in charge as Chelsea defeated Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup Final. The match came in his 11th consecutive season as a referee in the top flight of English football.