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Referee Watch – Gavin Ward

Barring any late changes Gavin Ward of Surrey will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Peterborough United at St Andrews tomorrow. Here is a look at his stats.

Previous Performance

Mr Ward has taken charge of four games so far this season – two in League Two and two in the Capital One Cup – and has shown twelve yellow cards and one red. Last season Mr Ward was in the middle for thirty-five games, showing one hundred and ten yellow cards and five reds. Nine of those games were in the Championship, where he showed twenty-four yellows and one red. Curiously enough, that red was shown to a Peterborough United player – Lee Frecklington (for a second bookable offence) in their 2-1 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s last year.

Last Blues Game Refereed

Not only has Mr Ward shown a red to a Peterborough player in his last game involving them, he has also shown a red in the only Blues game he has ever officiated, to a Blues player. Mehdi Nafti was sent off for a two-footed challenge in the 1-0 win over Doncaster back in September 2008 which raised no eyebrows in the BBC report of the game.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game in the Championship that was officiated by Mr Ward was Reading’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium in April of this year. In that game, Mr Ward showed yellow cards to Jimmy Kebe of Reading and Scott Wootton and Joel Lynch of Forest. There were no complaints about the ref in the Reading Chronicle although the local newspaper in Nottingham did think that Mr Ward favoured the home side.

All stats from Soccerbase

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3 Responses to “Referee Watch – Gavin Ward”

  • DoctorD says:

    So that’ll be one red card per side tomorrow along with a couple of yellers for good measure. At least the red will be a diversion from the imminent defeat.

  • David says:

    I may be totally delusional but for some reason I feel confident that we will totally thrash the posh tomorrow 1-0 with our winning goal coming in injury time following a deflection. off their centre half’s backside ! What’s sad is ..I’dtake that at this stage.


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