Ever the showman! Mike Dean filmed singing his own farewell song that references his previous career as a poultry slaughterer – with the ‘funniest ref we’ve ever seen’ living up to its title
Mike Dean has been filmed singing his own farewell song – written as a tribute to the maverick umpire following his decision to leave the pitch in May this year.
The maverick referee retired in mid-career late last season, bringing the curtain to one of the more intriguing officiating careers, as he retired to the much less public VAR room at Stockley Park.
A previous guest on the That Peter Crouch Podcast, Dean became a fan favorite for many listeners with his stories of tough players, run-ins with managers and his previous job in a poultry factory.
Mike Dean – ‘the funniest ref we’ve ever seen’ – retired at the end of last season
Dean appeared to be performing at a branch of Sam’s Chicken, perhaps on the Merseyside where he lives, and took great pleasure in mimicking the song by talented musician Joel Stewart himself.
With the shop assistants behind him taking the spotlight from their mobile phones, Dean immediately plunged into an expert rendition of the song.
“Mike Dean, Mike Dean,” is a video he mimics. The funniest ref we’ve ever seen.
It ended a career full of ‘panache’, controversy and some funny moments
“Mike Dean, Mike Dean,” he continues. ‘The chicken-killing machine’, he concludes, referring to his previous job in a poultry factory before his big break as a referee.
Known to be a bit of a showman as a referee, Dean seemed to take great pleasure in singing the song to a captive audience.
Notable moments in Dean’s on-field career include a number of no-look red cards and celebrations for successfully playing a lead that led to a goal.
Peter Crouch had Dean on his podcast over two years ago and seemed to befriend the former umpire
Peter Crouch and Chris Stark, co-hosts of the podcast who was initially on the BBC before moving to Acast, were particularly fans of Dean and his utter honesty when they appeared on their show over two years ago.
Writing for Sportsmail in April this year, Crouch referred to how Dean’s story had instilled in him a “new-found” respect for umpires as he realized how much effort he had put into reaching the pinnacle of play.
“As I became aware of that toil and the sacrifices (of his time, not chickens) he made to rise to the top of his favorite profession, I gained a newfound respect for umpires,” Crouch wrote.
‘Mike blows his last whistle, swings his last card theatrically – celebrates his last goal from an advantage! — in May and the Premier League will be worse for his absence.
“He’s a bit unique in modern football. Sure, the product is polished, but it lacks characters like Mike and that’s a big annoyance of mine. Where are the guys who would happily spend a night at the pub, on a podcast, chatting with me about gutting poultry? The game is gone!’
Dean said Wenger was the strongest because of his “presence” on the sidelines in big games