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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #30 on: Mon 20 Sep 2021 17:28 »
Thank you once again! I took the names from the league website, which is obviously not to be trusted. Interestingly, it also gave the official's levels. Mr Appleby was shown as 7p, whatever that means - probationer, perhaps.

Think it means he is Level 7 going for promotion.
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« Reply #31 on: Wed 22 Sep 2021 19:26 »
So, having ascertained that the regular through trains would not present a problem, even in the event of penalties, the next step was to check the home club's website. This declared that admission to all matches was strictly by ticket only, to be booked online. Only after this had been done, did it reveal that there would be a pay turnstile (card only) in operation. The booking process required the selection of a seat, so JCFC picked one at random. This time access to the ground was easy, as the direct route through the park was still open for another half hour, when JCFC arrived at

Tuesday 21st September 2021
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay
St Albans City   2   v   0   Concord Rangers
Oliver Mackey; Neil Bailey, Thomas Whay.

The first task, of course, was to obtain sustenance. St Albans is associated in JCFC's mind with a degree of refinement, so the absence of pie and peas was not a surprise, but burgers rather lowered the tone, though the lamb and mint version was a cut above the average. Next job was to find the seat: Block F, seat B1 turned out to be impossible - it should not be sold to anyone over 4 foot 6 tall. Fortunately, having endured the torture of this lack of legroom, JCFC was eventually able to move when it became clear that most seats were unsold - and from that point enjoyed the match.

The Concord goal survived an early scare, but it was a home defender who received a yellow card for a foul on just 4 minutes. Saints had plenty of pace up front and were regularly able to reach the dead-ball line and pull the ball back, but desoerate blocks by Concord defenders kept them at bay - until, that is, the 12th minute, when St Albans took the lead, heading home a corner. Concord, too, were managing to create chances - often the result of some slack marking, and in these cases, it was left to the goalkeeper to save the day. Saints were aggrieved that there was no caution for the Concord number 7, when he made contact with the winger who tried to hurdle his challenge. The "injured" player, despite his cries of pain, did not require treatment and once it became clear that no card was forthcoming, performed a most impressive Lazarus act - well, not quite as impressive as the original. Play continued to fluctuate entertainingly with danger at each end. After 37 minutes a home attacker looked and sounded to be clipped in the penalty area: to JCFC it appeared to be a penalty, but without the benefit of replays, we must bow to the decision of the admirably positioned Mr Mackey, who gave a firm "No penalty" signal, play eventually leading to a corner. At this point, several Saints players gave Mr Mackey the benefit(?) of their opinion. The corner was headed clear - high rather than travelling any great distance - and two players made contact with each other as it came down a few yards outside the box. It looked to be a normal coming together, but Saints were awarded a free-kick and this time Concord players made strong representations. A vague thought that it was a compensatory award was probably inaccurate.

The entertainment continued in the second half, but soon yellow cards began to feature too - deservedly so, let it be said. Fouls by Concord 2,and then Saints 7 set the ball rolling, with another Concord defender joining them midway through the half. At this point there was a decent save at each end. and a good Saints chance was blocked for a corner. Two further visiting players received yellows just after 80 minutes - the second being for dissent. Saints sealed their win on 89 minutes: a long ball was chased, a clearance blocked, the ball rebounding towards the now empty goal. It missed, but the attacker had chased, stopped it from going out for a goal kick and netted from an acute angle. The Concord number 10 wrestled an attacker in lieu of a tackle and received a yellow card in stoppage time. In the end, the better team on the night came out on top.

Mr Mackey was excellent in his rapid coverage of the ground and his adjustment of position. He had created a very favourable impression a few years ago when seen at Basford, and though one or two decisions might not have survived more forensic scrutiny, he communicated well and kept a tight grip on proceedings. A decent performance, despite minor (probably unjustified) reservations. To their credit, all three officials wore their (different) County badges, which is always a pleasing feature of FA Competitions.

Counterintuitively, the exit at the end of the ground furthest from the station, proved the best way back and Sutton was reached at 23.46.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #32 on: Thu 23 Sep 2021 16:21 »
I am delighted that your wanderings have brought you to the City I now call home. If I had known you were going to be in Verulamium then I would have toddled along to Clarence Park and provided a fortifying beverage for you.

St Albans probably did have a certain degree of refinement until Whistleblower took up residence. I think we can safely say it has been plummeting ever since.

You seemed to have had a pleasant evening despite the early seating problems.  Haste ye back.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #33 on: Thu 23 Sep 2021 16:24 »
JCFC, perhaps we may call you an author of peace but clearly not a lover of Concord.
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« Reply #34 on: Mon 27 Sep 2021 11:49 »
Though the referee was as originally appointed, several assistants appeared to have fallen by thge waysiude, en route to

Episode 3
Saturday 25th September 2021
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Emley   1   v   1   Chadderton
Umar Ahmed (Wakefield); (Hannah Cottam, Mark Foster)(Charles King, Robert Gatenby) eventually Sam Bayley, Gordon Weir.

The officials were all suitably badged, though in the case of Mr Ahmed, the County badge made only a cameo appearance. It is always a pleasure to visit Emley, where even games lacking something in quality often have a sting in the tail - and this was to be no exception. The home side made a dreadful start, being lucky to get away with some slack defensive work in just the second minute. Indeed, it was 15 minutes before they managed to have possession in the Chadderton half. The visitors, meanwhile, looked stronger, slicker and quicker of thought; but for the tendency to drag shots wide to their left, they could have been well ahead. At this point, however, Emley played a long ball deep into Chadderton territory, an attacker and the keeper raced to get there first and it ended with the keeper handling outside his area. The red card was duly administered. Even with ten men, Chadderton still looked the more likely side, missing one particularly good chance,though at least Emley were able to muster a shot which grazed the post. Mr Ahmed called the visiting number 3 to one side for a warning, and also had a word with their number 11 five minutes later. At the half-time whistle, Mr Bayley started to run towards his colleague, but turned back in a vain attempt to head off and placate the Emley manager, who once again proved to be lacking in self-control - he is turning out to be the one thing that is not pleasant about Emley. He made it through to Mr Ahmed, however, and for no obvious reason continued to berate him for some time as he blocked the way to the dressing rooms. It was a disappointment that he was able to take his place on the bench for the second half, though he was somewhat chastened.

The second half saw an early good save by the replacement Chadderton keeper and a yellow card for the home number 8.  On 69 minutes the Emley keeper collected a through ball, but seemed to make an unnatural sideways movement of his leg into the path of the chasing attacker. Play was allowed to continue, despite Chadderton protests, but6 when the ball went out of play, the visiting number 9 received a sin-bin yellow. It was left to JCFC to explain to the nearby occupants of the stand what was happening. Even against nine men, Emley did not convince, but the return to ten opponents led to a controversial incident. On 80 minutes a foul by a Chadderton defender looked to be well inside the penalty area, but was given outside. Cue consternation in the home dugout, with some justification in his case, with Mr Bayley in the firing line. The remaks continued as play went on. After three minutes of this, Mr Bayley eventually flagged and Mr Ahmed showed a yellow to a different member of the Emley staff. On 87 minutes, Emley at last created a decent opening with a series of tidy passes and took the lead they did not deserve on the balance of the play. Celebrations, though, were premature as a Chadderton penalty as the game went into time added brought the equaliser. There was still time for an Emley defender to pick up a yellow card. And so to penalties: Chadderton's second was not the most convincing, but still counted, while the nine others among the chosen fives were all excellent.So to the more reluctant takers, Chadderton's first producing a weak effort against the post, leaving Emley to score their sixth to proceed to the next round. They will have to play much better if they are to go any further. Meanwhile, sympathy to Chadderton, who showed a lot of promise.

Mr Ahmed may have got a couple of important decisions wrong - or so it seemed from the stand - but the manner of his control was good, and he dealt firmly with player dissent, not that there was a great deal of that, isolated incident apart. It would have been good to see him pushing himself a little harder to get into position in the closing stages, when there was the possibility of an important decision looming, but otherwise his approach was to JCFC's liking. Mr Bayley had a busy time and fulfilled his responsibilities effectively. Mr Weir had a quiet time, grazing on the cricket field side - the fence is due to be up again this week.

Eavesdropping of the week: "I think I know more about cricket than I do about women." How many wives, one wonders, might roll their eyes and nod in recognition of that view?
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #35 on: Mon 27 Sep 2021 18:16 »
JCFC, thanks for your reports, they are always enjoyable and are a very good read.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #36 on: Tue 28 Sep 2021 14:17 »
Once again, JCFC had checked and seen that Sunday's match was scheduled for 14.00 and had arrievd in good time, but as it turned out, the visitors had been held up in traffic, so the start was delayed until 14.15 for

Episode 4

Sunday 26th September 2021
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Albion Sports   1   v   8   Newcastle Benfield
Daniel Brown (S&H FA);appointments show Jack Andrews and Ben Curry, but who knows? (Ref Watcher does! See below.)

The warm-up showed that the well-groomed referee was not the original scruffy-haired appointee, but his identity was gleaned from a Benfield official, who unfortunately had no information on the assistants. Never mind - "A rose by any other name ..." No clues could be obtained from County badges, as only Mr Brown wore his.

It was very surprising that Albion dominated the opening quarter hour, scoring on 11 minutes after the Benfield keeper had parried a long shot. After that Benfield began to exert their superiority. When an excellent cross was well headed into the net on 23 minutes, the reaction of the crowd indicated that the supporters from Tyneside were in the majority. Their cheers were premature, however, as AR1 flagged for offside - the scorer checking with fans in line behind him, before signalling his disagreement to the assistant. Shortly afterwards a Benfield attacker looked to be winning a chase for the ball against the Albion number 7, who caught him from behind and down they went. Mr Brown awarded the free-kick to Albion: it was either a ridiculous error or a brilliant decision, and the fact that protests were muted suggests that it may have been the latter. The next Benfield attack produced a header onto the top of the net. The pressure had to tell, and from the third in a succession of corners the home keeper fumbled when leaping for the ball and Benfield had their equaliser. Albion were not happy, but the goal was correctly allowed to stand. There was ayellow card on 35 minutes for the Albion number 7, who kicked the ball away when caught clearly offside. The Benfield number 3 received a stern rebuke for some unparliamentary language. There had been a number of quite rugged challenges, not always easy for Mr Brown to sort out, and one on the far touchline led to a free and frank exchange of views at a mass rally of the players, though little more. Mr Brown took up position to observe, went for a word with AR1 once things had settled, returning to show a yellow card to an Albion player - number 5 or his captain -it was not made entirely clear. The whistle for half-time brought representations from the Benfield boss.

The first minute of the second half produced a corner for Benfield, leading in turn to two headers and their second goal. A further corner on 48 minutes was countered by a silly handball, the penalty giving Benfield their third. Things became increasingly towsy, and another mass meeting ensued on 58 minutes. Mr Brown extricated himself to take up position once more, though for a few seconds he walked away with his back to events, rather than walking backwards. AR 2 from the opposite side made a tentative move towards events, but was not required as once again Mr Brown had a chat with AR1 and eventually showed a yellow card to an Albion player - hopefully the one who ran furthest to get involved: AR2 could have pointed him out. There was a yellow for the Benfield number 8 on 65 minutes. There was a sense that it was proving difficult for Mr Brown and on 75 minutes he called the Benfield boss to one side for a protracted warning, which appeared to be a two-way process. A minute later there was a red card for an Albion defender: he had jumped into an opponent's back under a high ball, an offence which did not of itself seem worthy of a straight red: perhaps there had been illicit use of an elbow, not apparent from the other side of the pitch. Albion were not convinced. From 83 t0 90+2 minutes Benfield added five goals, and this time the representations were made by Albion as the officials left the field.

The tie was perhaps a little above Mr Brown's usual pay grade and for all his efforts and good intentions he did seem to find it a bit of a struggle.at times, but stuck at the task and maintained a degree of order. He will doubtless have more straightforward matches and better days. He deserves an easier ride in his next match.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #37 on: Tue 28 Sep 2021 14:28 »
MOAS lists the assistants as Jack Andrews and James Barker.

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« Reply #38 on: Tue 28 Sep 2021 14:40 »
Thank you. I really should have recognised young Mr Barker, having been seated behind his line at Eccleshill in August.

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« Reply #39 on: Sun 03 Oct 2021 14:53 »
An 11.50 appointment at the Old Codgers' flu jab session rather limited the choice of Cup Ties in this round. Fortunately the most convenient tie offered the chance to see a young official who had impressed in his early days at Level 3 a couple of years ago. And so it was that JCFC crossed the Pennines once more to

Saturday 2nd October 2021
FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Atherton Collieries   0   v   0   Marine
Jordan Crossley (Rochdale); Ian Claridge, Matthew Moss.

Fortunately, the morning rain had left Atherton behind as JCFC walked to the ground. Nevertheless, common sense suggested that with the grass still wet, Mr Claridge would not be indulging in his contortions. Common sense was, however, wrong. No sooner had the trio completed their preliminary lap-and-three-quarters (unusually in a clockwise direction), than Mr Claridge fell to his knees, bowed his head in lengthy prayer before turning over and treating the world to a few minutes of artistic writhing. His colleagues were clearly used to this procedure, as rather than calling for an ambulance, they stood patiently with an air of embarrassed detachment; "He's not with us, honest." There was a sizeable following from Crosby - visiting another place, so to speak.

There was a decent display of badges from the officials, though by the second half it was time for Mr Crossley's  to take its afternoon nap.  Marine, who despite their Cup heroics last year, are a step lower than Colls, played downhill in the first half and for five minutes the home side could not escape their own half. Colls then produced an attack and claimed a penalty on 6 minutes. Mr Crossley had remained pretty central and did not therefore have trhe best of angles, but arrived at the correct decision (defender and attacker both using their arms, but nothing to constitute a foul) though his "no penalty" signal was a rather airy-fairy affair, in comparison with the usual decisive gesture. Marine had an appeal of their own on the quarter hour, a shot being blasted against a defender. From the far end of the field, this rejection again looked correct. Atherton put several high balls into the box, but the Marine keeper looked secure and his defenders generally coped well. A foul by the Marine number 2 brought him a yellow card; an almost identical one in the opposite corner brought the same result for an Atherton defender, while another went just before the break to an Atherton player, who compounded a foul by some injudicious placement of his boot.

On 48 minutes a Colls foul brought a strong and instantaneous flag from Mr Moss -  so instantaneous that he had not had time to switch his flag over - and players converged to discuss the price of fish, but nothing more untoward. Mr Crossley studiously avoided having any communication with Mr Moss, prompting the question whether the offender had bee one of those previously cautioned, though that is probably JCFC's suspicious mind. Just how deceptive angles can be was illustrated on 57 minutes, when a Marine player, having fouled his opponent, appeared, from the stand, to punch him in the stomach: there was no reaction of any sort, however, so it must have been a fist-bump. There was no doubt, however, that soon afterwards the Marine number 8 struck out with his arm at an opponent's leg. As play continued over the next few minutes there was a little shoulder pushing between the two, and when number 8 was next in possession, he was firmly clattered, at which point honours seemed to be considered even. Play was direct, leading to chances at either end. Colls had a couple of efforts cleared fgrom the line, while after the Marine keeper had failed with an attempted clearance a home attacker headed wide of the unguarded goal. The Colls keeper had not always looked secure under high balls, struggling to get a hand to one to turn it for a corner, but did well as a shot-stopper. The closing stages saw Atherton pressing for a winner, with a number of corners and free-kicks, but twice Marine broke at pace on their right and the keeper needed to be at his best. A draw a pretty fair result of an always exciting game, and Atherton folks can indeed see Another Place on Tuesday.

The configuration of the ground meant that Mr Claridge could not be seen most of the time - a great loss to humanity, no doubt - but Mr Moss was in JCFC's line of vision, calling one very tight offside correctly. This was perhaps one of the biggest games Mr Crossley has had to date, and he handled it well, emertging with credit. If JCFC was not quite as enthusiastic as he had been at Brighouse two years ago, this can perhaps be put down to the fact that Mr Crossley allowed the interval to stretch to 17 minutes. Even so,the train was once more reached in time - snails would have had no chance, this time - so he is forgiven.
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« Reply #40 on: Tue 05 Oct 2021 20:46 »
At roughly the same time as the first encouraging sighting of Mr Crossley, a couple of years ago, another young referee at the same stage of his career was seen in action at Liversedge. His work was described as competent and his decision-making sound, but overall, despite his high academic qualifications, did not inspire the same enthusiasm, though the report here did say that he could well develop with time. It would be interesting to see whether he had done so, when he took charge of

Monday 4th October 2021
NPL East
Brighouse Town   2   v   1   Stocksbridge Park Steels
Dane McCarrick; James Gallagher, Joshua Brayshaw.

One prediction made two years ago certainly proved correct, Mr McCarrick having bowed gracefully to the inexorable inroads of his forehead. Stocksbridge bossed the early stages, but Brighouse established themselves in the visitors' half. On 11 minutes the raffle seller was heard approaching; JCFC looked for a pound coin and, not finding one, began to sort out his change. Tipping his hand slightly to make use of the floodlights, he contrived to drop several coins on the ground. Bending to pick them up, he suddenly heard a cheer as Town opened the scoring. Those who witnessed the goal say that it was a decent shot into the foot of the opposite corner. The  Stocksbridge number 8 was spoken to for a mistimed tackle and when he repeated the offence midway through the half, he inevitably received a yellow card. His number 4 followed some ten minutes later. On 37 minutes a Brighouse attacker was running into the penalty area when there was a tangle of legs. Mr McCarrick had a very good position and pointed to the spot, Brighouse making it 2-0.

The second half produced considerable Brighouse pressure, with a string of corners, but they were at times slack with their marking - a stronger attack would have punished them. On 82 minutes the visitors were guilty of a dreadful miss, but just as the PA announced the additional time, they finally got a goal back. Mr McCarrick was impressive with the speed at which he headed towards the goal, successfully preventing any grappling for the ball. There were a couple of Stocksbridge fouls and a yellow card for the Stocksbridge number 2, before Town could breathe a sigh of relief at mthe final whistle.

Mr McCarrick certainly appeared to have developed his refereeing, with good anticipation, firm control and excellent triage, giving little scope for dissent. His close-quarters chivvying of the Brighouse keeper to deter time-wasting was well-judged. His in-depth study of psychology has, it seems, taught him to employ the full range of facial expressions from stern to grim. On this evidence, though, it definitely seems to be a successful approach.

Brighouse briefly found themselves towards the top end of the table, having the best goal difference of the clubs on 13 points - the result of not having played any of the division's strongest sides. Their next match is at Marske - things will doubtless change then!
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« Reply #41 on: Tue 05 Oct 2021 23:56 »
FA Cup - 3rd Qualifying Round Replay
Wingate and Finchley v Corinthian Casuals
Tuesday 5th October 2021

Referee:- Daniel Simpson (Middlesex) assisted by
Colman O’Meara and James Sedley.

On a cold, blustery night, I made my way across North London to watch this replay along with 221 other supporters.

Very good game of football, no histrionics by the players, the players seemed interested in playing competitively and properly and consequently made the referee’s life extremely straightforward.

Very impressed by Mr. Simpson. Tall, with bleached blond hair and had a presence and natural authority which ensured a smooth flowing game. He put in a foot perfect performance, positioned himself well and only issued one yellow card, which was fair enough for a late challenge. He added on 7 minutes to the first half for a nasty looking injury to a Wingate and Finchley player, and only 2 minutes at the end.

Corinthian Casuals were worthy winners by 3-0, all three goals well taken, including a 35 yard worldy that wouldn’t look out of place at a higher level. As I said, the referee let the players play, and they let him referee, helping to make a good, fair contest.

Not sure what League Mr. Simpson officiates in, but doing some detective work, he is at Level 3. One to watch out for in the next few years on the strength of tonight’s display.

Very nice evening, and good to be watching live sport after the last 18 months we’ve all endured. Wingate and Finchley are a very decent, welcoming club and it’s good to take in a grass roots game played in the right manner.
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« Reply #42 on: Wed 06 Oct 2021 19:25 »
I enjoyed reading JCFC's account of Mr McCarrick officiating at Brighouse Town. Presumably his match fee is called Danegeld.
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« Reply #43 on: Wed 06 Oct 2021 20:17 »
I enjoyed reading JCFC's account of Mr McCarrick officiating at Brighouse Town. Presumably his match fee is called Danegeld.

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« Reply #44 on: Thu 07 Oct 2021 10:15 »
Selston FC v Heanor Tn FC
Uhlsport United Counties League
Premier ( North)

Referee James Tewson L4
Assisted by Steve Davis and Brett Hovey
Att: 180 approx


Let's start with a " Did you know ? ". Gypsy king Dan Boswell is buried in St Helen's Churchyard in Selston. He lived from 1737 until 1827, dying aged 76, which mathematically takes some getting your head around, but hey!

The ground, under local Parish control, was opened in 1934 by Harold Larwood and Sam Staples. The famous Umpire and cricketer Arthur Jepson played here too; he of the " you can see the moon, how far do you want to see" after a player wondered if the light was good enough! An Umpire in the 1975 World Cup, one of just nine Nottinghamshire men to1000+ First Class wickets..oh, and 100 odd Football League apoearances for Stoke City and Port Vale as Goalkeeper. Some guy Arthur!

Selston play in Inter Milan colours, which is where any similarity stops. Thus is is very difficult to pick up where the referee is at any given moment. A 21st Century F. A. might think about banning this kit, or leagues give the referees alternative coloured options?

Three first half Selston cautions were fair enough, but Mr Tewson's (James hereafter) caution technique seems a little long winded, to me anyway. I get the " take the heat out, ensure the injured player gets treatment etc" but fetching a full back forty yards to return to be cautioned! ..there may be an argument for not letting him get forty yards away in the first place?

This lack of what one might say dealing with incidents in good time surfaced again late on. James stopped play, with the ball in play, for Selston to attend to an injury in front of the dugouts. It was lengthy, but fair enough. Before play can restart another Selston player hits the floor. Let's not call it a dive, let's just say it surprised many of those watching, and i went to fetch my spare trunks from the car!

James allows the Trainer time to deal with this, and then finally FINALLY decides who should receive the drop ball, and away we go. I didn't time the two incidents, but wouldn't have got change out of seven or eight minutes! My view would be that had James shown a little more urgency in getting the ball dropped in the first place, the second incident may not have had time to brew. Just a thoughts James?

James got around well, did not appear to make many errors, and nor did he unduly get involved ( which always finds favour with me), and ably supported by both Assistants. The odd good advantage, in a game with little opportunity..

This was a dire match, shots were few, arguments were plenty. Without any free flow it would be hard to shine. A performance to be put into a category below a referee's best, but not to be disappointed about either perhaps?

Heanor edged this scrappy game 2-1, and not one of the goals had the strength to actually hit the back of the net! I don't know what the definition of a scrambled goal is, but if i had a video to post...




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