Ref Watch: Walsall v Posh
The man in charge of the Sky Bet League One match between Walsall and Peterborough United is DAVID COOTE.
Posh will have fond memories of the last time they were officiated by David Coote. On that occasion, Posh travelled to the unbeaten leaders of the Championship, Cardiff City, and came away with a 2-1 victory!
Defender Michael Bostwick [pictured above] slammed in the first goal from a freekick before Dwight Gayle scored Posh`s second goal.
Coote started out as a referee as a teenager and was refereeing adults at aged just 16. He progressed at pace through the Notts Alliance, the Northern Counties East League, Evo-Stik League and Blue Square North and in 2006, he was promoted on to the League list as an assistant.
"That was massive for me. To walk out on to the pitch, for the first time, for a Football League match - what a dream come true.
"I was told that I'd never forget it and I haven't."
Coote ran the line for the npower League 2 match between Stockport County and Hereford United at Edgeley Park, which Hereford won 2-0. Darren Drysdale performed the man-in-the-middle duties on the day.
"With all my nerves and everything else, I was exhausted even after Darren's pre-match warm-up.
"Just standing in the tunnel before kick-off, not even moving, my heart monitor was racing. It was also a baking hot day but, thankfully, not much happened during the game."
Just three years later, in 2009, Coote ran out at Wembley to run the line in the FA Vase final. Whitley Bay defeated Glossop North End 2-0. "It was the most special day of my refereeing career. To walk out at Wembley was just fantastic. I had a photo taken of me as I went up the steps at the end, to collect my memento, and I just had the biggest grin on my face."
In 2010, Coote returned to Wembley twice! Firstly as fifth official for the FA Cup semi final between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, which Pompey won 2-0 after extra time, and secondly as an assistant for the FA Trophy final between Barrow and Stevenage, which Barrow won 2-1 after extra time.
Promotion to the referees' list in the same year, combined with his experience from running the line at major Premier League venues around the country, has whetted ambitious David's appetite further.
He has the Premier in his sights again - this time as a full-time referee alongside England's elite officials.
"I'd like to think that I have started to consolidate my position in The Football League and, with a third season for me now and age still on my side, I'd like to go on and consolidate further. That's the short-term goal. But long term, I'd love to get on to the Select Group."
Walsall last officiated Coote on Boxing Day in 2011 when Walsall beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 thanks to two 90th minute goals!! Three yellow cards were issued during the game with two of them going to Walsall players, one of whom was Claude Gnakpa!
Coote has taken charge of 12 matches this season issuing 32 yellow cards and just one red card which went to Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Allsop in their 2-1 defeat at Leeds United!
The last match he took charge of was the goalless draw between Grimsby and Scunthorpe in the FA Cup. One yellow card was issued which went to the visitors.
The last League One match he took charge of was a month ago when Preston North End and Bradford fought out a 2-2 draw. Two yellow cards were shown in that match with Preston receiving both of them.
The assistant referees for the Walsall v Posh clash are Mark Jones and Steven Plane. The fourth official is Philip Gibbs.
Walsall v Peterborough United
Location: Banks` Stadium
Date:18th November, 2013
Photos courtesy of www.football-league.co.uk and www.theposhpics.com.
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