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I have to say I have watched a lot of referees in my time but I did see Mr Singh Gill this season and was rather struck by his lack of movement. Whether it is an attempt to appear in control or not Iím not sure but a lazier looking referee at that level I have not seen.
Hopefully his coach has pointed this out and you see a marked improvement.
It was such an ĎI donít careí body language it was quite startling.

I did see his father referee a number of times also but I donít remember anything negative about him which is always a good sign isnít it. Perhaps he could offer some tips on looking interested at least

I couldnít agree more. Andy Madley has certainly established himself as being in that next bracket after Oliver and Taylor and can clearly be trusted with any game now.

Iím just waiting for someone to say how that wasnít a challenge with it being 7-0. Before anyone does please letís remember that Liverpool v Man United is Liverpool v Man United haha.

Excellent performance and whilst one or two I am sure will disagree on here I have to say there must have been something in the Madley water as they grew up as thatís both that have proven themselves as excellent referees at the highest level.

Football League - L1 & L2 / Re: Sat 28th - Wed 31st JAN 2023
« on: Mon 23 Jan 2023 18:04 »
What is your issue with Mr Madley, Hendo?
Have you met him in person and had a falling out because itís so clear that itís more than just you thinking he isnít a good referee, thereís something clearly personal

Select Group 2 / Re: Sat 10th Ė Mon 12th DEC 2022
« on: Thu 08 Dec 2022 19:05 »
R Madley hadnít been seen since his PL game at Brentford at the end of October according to previous post and is not on this set of fixtures either. Injury?

Very unfair to say any championship game is Ďeasyí for any referee. I get what youíre saying though. Madley is a very safe pair of hands and I also think he will be back in the PL after one season.

Good games for Smith and Linnington. Both starting off where they finished and it seems these two and maybe Madley will be the ones they will push this season to move on to better things

General Discussion / Re: Mike Riley
« on: Sat 25 Jun 2022 23:55 »
Hendo do you have anything positive to say about anyone in refereeing?? For a profession that brings such negativity to you I do wonder why you keep following it.

Mike Riley seems to be a marmite character but I donít think anybody could argue that it has been a vast improvement from the days of Hackett pandering to clubs and publicly shaming his own referees. Best wishes to Mike in whatever comes next

General Discussion / Re: Promotions 2022
« on: Tue 21 Jun 2022 07:20 »
Congratulations to both James and Bobby. I am surprised Ben Toner missed out but I suppose we will never know what happened in the interview process for how these decisions were made. I very much look forward to seeing James Bell referee next season. Not sure how old he is but perhaps one for the future?

I have to say though some of the above comments are terrible. I find the comments of Hendo particularly poor form. Either congratulate the pair or say nothing, thatís my opinion.
I too have never detected arrogance from Madley and whilst I havenít met him personally I have only ever heard positive things about how decent a person he is off the field. I believe BMB said she has met him several times and has said exactly this.
Clearly he made a mistake a few years ago but does one mistake make a bad person? To suggest that as a result of this mistake he shouldnít have the opportunity to return to the upper echelons of refereeing is frankly laughable.
To then suggest that he is somehow the chosen one is equally laughable. This Ďchosen oneí was sacked from his job and had to move abroad to continue his life. I remember watching the Football Focus piece he did which very much explained that. Clearly someone on here has an axe to grind with Madley. Have you actually met him in person Hendo?

Anyway, congratulations to them both. Bell will look to prove himself next season and good luck to him, Madley will be an excellent addition to the Championship group and having officiated at the top of the game for a number of years I would expect there could be a return to that level in the near future. Maybe Hendo simply doesnít like the fact that it appears the cream does rise to the top as it seems to have done with Madley this time. One assumes he finished in the top three this season to be considered for promotion and having refereed the Play Off Final last season one assumes he was probably top then as well. He canít be as bad as some of here make out can he if thatís the case.

Well done James and Bobby and very best wishes

General Discussion / Re: Promotions 2022
« on: Tue 14 Jun 2022 11:50 »
Thanks Nowayref

Madley really not a surprise and I would expect him to be promoted, Toner also had good appointments later in the season, but Bell is a surprise for me. Not because I donít think he is deserving but I did expect maybe Barratt or Backhouse to be in there.
It will be interesting to see how many places there are now that Josh Smith didnít go to the interview day.

It seems very strange that all the other promotions are out except this group, I wonder what the logic behind this delay is

General Discussion / Re: Promotions 2022
« on: Sun 12 Jun 2022 00:37 »
Oh I thought somebody said that three FL Referees had gone for interview for promotion to SG2?

Perhaps I misread that but I assumed thatís what was meant so I wondered who those three were

General Discussion / Re: Promotions 2022
« on: Sat 11 Jun 2022 19:12 »
There was a single comment earlier in this thread about 3 referees having gone to the promotion interviews for SG2.

Do we have names of who that was? Sorry if Iíve missed them elsewhere

General Discussion / Re: Promotions 2022
« on: Tue 31 May 2022 23:10 »
I heard on the grapevine that PGMOL interviews are this week.

Does anybody know who was invited to these interviews?

General Discussion / Promotions 2022
« on: Sat 21 May 2022 12:02 »
I donít know if this is usually done once the Play Offs are all completed but I just wondered when it is likely that we will hear who will have the interviews or promotions from National League to EFL, EFL to Championship and Championship to Premier League

Football League - L1 & L2 / Re: Playoffs 2021/22
« on: Mon 09 May 2022 22:45 »
I believe Madley refereed the final last year which possibly rules him out this year anyway?

Toners name isnít in these fixtures so one can assume he will play some part, probably as referee. I did think Bell would be in the play offs so perhaps he will be 4th Official?

Have to say Iím very surprised to see Barrott not refereeing a game unless he is destined to referee the final instead?


Final: Moss

League 2:
R Madley

Final: Barratt

So only League 2 semi finals for these referees. By my reckoning that would be four referees on the semi finals and one for the final? Or would they choose the final referee from the four semi final referees? Not sure what the past format has been for selection for the final referee.

Just wondering who people think would be the four referees on semi finals and who the final referee would be? Personally I think Sam Barratt seems to be well rated on here so I think he may be the selection for the final. Saw him at Stockport v Bolton in the FA Cup earlier this year and I was very impressed

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