Month: November 2012

Football assault hurts more than referee

Many readers will have no doubt seen the front page headlines in last Friday’s getreading – ‘Player ‘Hit’ Ref in Face, Post-match punch-up in Sunday League’. The referee, Barry Angel, was reported to have suffered a clipped tooth and a cut lip

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Guest speaker Nov 2012: Dean Mohareb – “Team Work”

Dean Mohareb, who is a Football League referee but more importantly is the FA National Referee Development Manager – Workforce, was our guest speaker for November but it was an evening with a difference. To illustrate his theme of teamwork,

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Football league blitz goes unheeded

Last summer the chairmen of Football League clubs, at their annual conference, announced that there was going to be blitz on cheating and gamesmanship. By the unanimous vote of the seventy two clubs, they agreed to tell their managers to

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There can be reasons for extending extra-time

Ever since that incredible Capital One Cup Game against Arsenal, I’ve been tackled by disgruntled Royals supporters complaining about the referee’s timekeeping. I’m sure no one will need reminding that Reading squandered a four goal league, with the Arsenal equaliser

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Open meeting – November 2011

It’s our November monthly meeting this Thursday 17 November, 7.45pm as usual at the Madejski Stadium, and we are very pleased to welcome Graham Scott, Level 1 National List Referee as our guest speaker. Graham is one of our own

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Open meeting – November 2012

This month’s meeting is a day early because of the local elections and our venue being used as a Polling Station. So, this Wednesday 14 November, 7.45pm as usual at the Earley Home Guard Social Club, Pitts Lane, Earley, Reading.

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Should referees’ words be broadcast?

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, for the first time. The thing I hadn’t realised about him is that he has what we would call a very pronounced ‘Geordie’

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