FourFourTwo meets Lucy Clark, the world’s first openly transgender football referee

Football Referee Lucy Clark is presented with a Rainbow Laces Arsenal home shirt by Kim Little, Captain of Arsenal prior to the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Meadow Park on October 30, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Lucy Clark is presented with a Rainbow Laces Arsenal home shirt by Kim Little (Image credit: Getty Images)

Every referee worries about being abused from the stands. But while the majority of officials accept that their on-field decisions will be the cause, Lucy Clark feared her very identity would become the issue. 

This was back before 2018, when Lucy was publicly known as Nick – an ex-footballer-turned-referee who’d run the rule over hundreds of non league matches during her career. Lucy had always felt at home walking out onto a pitch – the problem was, she felt trapped inside a man’s body. 

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Arthur Renard has been writing for FourFourTwo since 2013, when Ronald Koeman hosted him for a Readers interview in a small room in stadium De Kuip. Two years later Arthur moved to London, where he still lives and from where he covers English football, while he has also been travelling the world to cover events like the World Cup and Copa America.