Month: January 2012

Guest speaker Jan 2012: Phil Knight – “managing the temperature”

  At our January meeting we were pleased to welcome Phil Knight who has a mixed role in football. He is a level 3 referee (probably his last season she said) and assistant referee on the Football League, an assessor,

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Different type of bravery on the football field

A couple of Sunday’s ago on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, the pundits were discussing Swansea City’s win against Arsenal and they praised the bravery of Brendon Roger’s players. There were, they said, different types of bravery in football.

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Who should be blamed if a referee is deceived?

The phenomenon of Twitter seems to have become an addiction with many professional footballers; I suppose they have plenty of spare time. National newspapers therefore are able to gain access and publish their thoughts. I’m not sure what you call

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Open meeting – January 2012

Our monthly meeting is this Thursday, 19 January, 7.45pm as usual at the Madejski Stadium. This month’s guest is Phil Knight, Football League Assistant Referee, Level 2B Referee, Level 4 Tutor and assessor in Kent. Phil is also Chief Executive

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The FA break their rules for Rooney

Regular readers of this column may remember at the beginning of the season I wrote about the introduction by the FA of new suspension rules for players sent off. The idea was that players at all levels of the game

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Assistant referees don’t make decisions

There was some consternation just before Christmas when the assistant referee in the Manchester United v Newcastle game appeared to give a penalty, after the referee had already awarded a corner. The first thing to say is that assistant referees

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