Born in Scotland in 1959, Eddie Lennie officiated in 165 Scottish senior games before coming to Australia in 1991.
Following his arrival, he controlled 195 NSL matches including four grand finals.
Other career highlights include refereeing three matches at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and officiating at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Eddie was the man in the middle as highly-rated Italy beat Cameroon 3-0 in front of nearly 30,000 in Montpellier - and he was in charge when Romania and Tunisia drew 1-1 in the Stade De France in Paris, with a crowd of 77,000 ensuring an electric atmosphere.
"My memories of France '98 is the camaraderie that we struck up with each other (as this was the first time FIFA had us all stay together as one unit) which still lasts today," Eddie said.
"Also obviously refereeing the great Italian team in their match against Cameroon. Many of these players have become legends in their clubs as well as their national associations."
He was named the Australian Referee of the Year three times (1994, 1995 and 1995) and won the WA Referee of the Year on five occasions. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2005, before being inducted into the Football Australia Hall of Fame .
Since retiring in 2004, Lennie has been a FIFA referee’s instructor for Oceania and held numerous positions in Western Australia.