“I remember getting the call for my first Saturday game, Kirdford vs. Wisborough Green, and as it was local to me, I even knew a few of the players.
“The game was quite intense from the start, but then suddenly a challenge went in, which saw one end up in the air and then back on the ground.
“Two of the players didn’t like it and they started to square up, and I’m shouting, ‘steady on boys!’, but it’s too late and they’re in it together and having a right old go.
“Then out of nowhere, a gentleman from the side-lines comes onto the pitch, grabs Kirdford player, pulls him to the ground, and they start tussling.
“And that still wasn’t the end of it, because then the player that had been pulled to the ground, his mother runs on with her dog, and starts hitting the spectator with her stick with the dog yapping at his ankles!
“Meanwhile I’m watching this, my first ever game for the West Sussex League, thinking to myself, ‘what have I done?’”
The other memorable game that springs to Saxton's mind, clearly stuck out for a very different reason.
“It was the sixth round of the Intermediate Cup, and one of the gentlemen playing for Peacehaven second, was the cricketer Bill Athey.
“We’d kicked-off and then, 20 minutes in, whack! The fist came around and the opposition player went down, and I thought ‘oh my God I’ve seen that.’”
“So naturally I shout, ‘come here lad’ and he gives me his name ‘Bill Athey’ and he goes to me, ‘Oh he’s been saying some nasty things to me referee’, but it was violent conduct, so off he went.
“Now I didn’t realise, but because Bill was there, there’d been photographers at the game, and the next thing I knew people were ringing me saying I’m in the back pages of magazines!
“This was seen by Tony West, who was then the Head of Refereeing, and he wrote me this spoof letter, that said ‘we’ve noted this incident in the cup... how dare you send off one of our more respected cricketers, we are now reviewing the matter regarding your promotion for next season, we think it’s best if we keep you down one more season.’”
“I thought this was brilliant, because something like that really shows the friendship and the banter within football.”
As anyone who’s been refereed by Saxton will testify, that bit of banter, and the gift of the gab, go part and parcel with his brash northern style out on the pitch. But, just how useful is it to have a good line or two up your sleeve?
“Well, what helps me, can also go against me,” admits Saxton.
“When I’d hit them with a ‘come here lad!’ or as I used to, a ‘shut your gob!’ that can sound quite abrasive, but it can also sound quite humorous, when it’s delivered with my northern brashness.
“But it does come in handy when I’m running down the lines, and you get lines from the crowd about who ate all the pies, and I’d shout back ‘cheers, not heard that one before!’”
“Or when on the days when I’m getting some torrid abuse, I’d sometimes turn and quip, ‘I thought I left the wife at home, it’s nice to see she’s here!’”
“And if lines like that are used at the right time and in the right environment, it can take the pressure off and it can warm a crowd to you.”
But of course, being a referee with such a unique on field presence, will bring with it a certain degree of notoriety, which, like that humour that brought it to him, is something of a mixed blessing.