Month: November 2014

Why QPR missed out on beating the champions

There were many who watched the game between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City, particularly those fans who watched it live at the stadium, who felt that QPR were robbed.  The most mystifying incident was after the visitors had been

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Even the best referees must obey the rules, even Mark Clattenburg

One of the talking points amongst referees in the last couple of weeks has been the suspension of Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, who with the retirement of Howard Webb in now considered England’s Number One referee. Whereas Webb refereed

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The Fair Play Award

The club in the local men’s adult leagues marked by members as winners of our annual Fair Play was Woodley Town Reserves of the Reading Football League Premier Division. Their team manager, Jock Mowat, attended our August meeting to receive

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The Fred Porton Award

The Fred Porton Award is presented to the most promising Lave 7 referee in his or her first two seasons. This annual award is name after Fred Porton who was a great supporter of new and up and coming referees.

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Let’s get down to business – risk stagnation or create greater customer satisfaction?

The guest speaker for our October monthly meeting was our own President Brian Wratten, who addressed a topic that he could never remember any of our speakers tackling before – Self Evaluation. Brain started by considering that the benefits of self evaluation can stimulate

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Graham Scott gets the season off to a great start

Our season of monthly meetings got off to an excellent start with Football League referee Graham Scott. Graham, who took as his subject ‘Foul Recognition’ bravely, showed video clips of seven of his matches in the Football League, including one

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Videos & Articles — Fri 14th Nov 2014

  YOU-ARE-THE-REF.COM discusses some of last weekend’s games https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUvMLQtPp_Y&feature=youtu.be   YOU-ARE-THE-REF.COM – Questions & Answers Forum at Sheffield Hallam University on Sunday 16th November https://you-are-the-ref.com/its-question-time-for-referees-as-fans-quiz-football-panel/   GERALD SINDSTADT : ‘Grey area’ calls will decide if referees have bright future http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Gerald-Sinstadt-Grey-area-calls-decide-referees/story-24506052-detail/story.html?   PAUL REJER

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How long does it need to take advantage?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Howard Webb’s new job as Technical Director of the PGMOL, I understand now that he also has a sideline. Together with another former Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, he will be viewing

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The ambiguity of taking free kicks

Former Reading goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy who was transferred to Queens Park Rangers earlier this season, made his debut for his new club against Liverpool. It probably wasn’t the debut he wanted for his new team lost 3-2. No blame could

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Howard Webb’s resignation

One of the surprises in the world of refereeing at the start of this season was the resignation of Howard Webb, from the referees’ list of the Premier League. Howard was the number one referee on Fifa’s list and will

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