Month: December 2012

Serious injury can be a difficult judgement

Refereeing is all about making decisions. In an average match a referees make in the region of five hundred decisions. Sometimes, thankfully very rarely, those decisions might be a matter of life and death. Few football fans will need reminding

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Not fair that referees face psychological warfare

Tony Pullis is the outspoken, straight talking manager of Stoke City in the Premier League and recently he has had plenty to say about referees. Stoke’s players have picked up more cautions than any other team in the league so

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Open meeting – December 2012

It’s our Christmas meeting this Thursday 20 December, 7.45pm as usual at the Earley Home Guard Social Club, Pitts Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 1B We’ve got some festive cheer laid on for everyone as well as a special monthly raffle with some

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The shirt-pullers that get away with it

One of the more unpleasant practices that’s taken hold in recent years is that of players taking hold of their opponents, particularly in the penalty area, with shirt pulling, and wrapping round of arms. There was a noticeable situation on

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It’s no sinecure running the line

One of the most under-rated skills in football is that of the assistant referee, although it may seem to spectators as an easy task. One of the greatest exponents of running the line came to Reading last month to talk

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RRA magazine for Oct/Nov 2012

The Oct/Nov 2012 edition of the RRA magazine is now available for download. RRA magazine Oct/Nov 2012 (vol 55 no. 2)  (193 views)

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