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Ref-Watch: Blackpool (H)

Gagging for your #RefWatch fix? Look no further. Here's all the Gavinformation you need on Saturday's referee, GAVIN WARD.

That door is in dire need of a lick of paint. Oh, and shoutout to Bhandal Dental Practice.
That door is in dire need of a lick of paint. Oh, and shoutout to Bhandal Dental Practice.
Michael Regan

Take me down to #RefWatch city. Where the grass is green, and the referees are pretty.

And the cards are yellow. And red.



First, the bad news: Surrey-based football official Gavin Ward and death-metal guitarist Gavin Ward (of Bolt Thrower* semi-fame) are not, in fact, the one and same person. Gutting.

And now, the good news: Reading have never lost a game on Gavin's watch - with Gav in charge, we've drawn once and *gasp* won (yes, WON) on three occasions, all at home. Ward you believe it.

In fact, it's even better than you think. The last time that Gavin Ward refereed a Royals match, on the 17th of April 2012, Reading secured automatic promotion back to the promised land of the Premier League. Antiguan juggernaut Mikele Leigertwood registered a now-famous goal in the 81st minute, seeing off a resolute Nottingham Forest 1-0, and sending a ram-packed Madejski Stadium into raptures. Good times, eh.

Ward is into his eighth term as a Football League official, but this season he's found Championship games hard to come by - taking charge of only two before this weekend.

Goals (well, goal...singular) have also been a rarity on Gavin's travels**. Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas volleyed in from close range to record a 1-0 win over Brentford in September...but that's all. No more goals. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

Discipline-wise, Ward isn't one to wave cards around willy-nilly. He's produced (Alan Dedicoat: "Len Goodman") 7 yellow cards, of which the accumulation of two resulted in an early bath for Middlesborough's Albert Adomah, in their 0-0 stalemate at Charlton.

No penalty decisions to report. *insert appropriate flatulent sound-effect*

Oh well, let's all hope Saturday's clash at the Stad du Mad is slightly more Gavinteresting. Fine, I'll fetch my coat.


*Fret not, I've never heard of them either. Gavin (Death-Metal Gavin), on the wafer-slim chance that you're reading this, I apologise profusely. Actually, Gavin (Referee Gavin), I'd like to apologise to you too, but for entirely different reasons.

**It's like Gulliver's Travels, but really, really not.