Stroud to referee at the Turf for first time in eight years
Our home game against Blackpool tomorrow with be refereed by Keith Stroud and it will be this particular referee’s first Burnley game since 2015 and his first at the Turf since 2014.
That most recent game came in October 2015 and if I was to suggest it was the day that Scotty Arfield put the ball in the opposition team’s net, I don’t need to go into any detail as to which fixture it was. He had a somewhat strange day too; a referee at the time with a reputation for waving his cards around, there were none that day.
His first Burnley game was at Plymouth in 2005 when seven names went into his book. He’s also sent off two Burnley defenders in games. Steven Caldwell got his marching orders in that memorable League Cup penalty shoot-out win at Chelsea in 2008. Almost two years later, he dismissed Clarke Carlisle ridiculously at Millwall on an afternoon when he missed an elbow by Steve Morison on Andre Bikey. With ten minutes gone, we’d lost both central defenders. Burnley boss Brian Laws was cautious when asked about Stroud. “I’ll just say he was different,” said the Burnley manager. We lost the appeal which was even more ridiculous than the decision itself.
At the time of the Chelsea game, he was a Select Group official, but was axed in 2010 and things went worse for him in 2017 when he astonishingly ruled out a Newcastle goal from the penalty spot for encroachment but awarded a free kick to Burton instead of ordering a re-take. He didn’t referee again until a month Into the following season.
Stroud has always had a reputation for using his cards more than most officials. This season he’s managed fourteen yellow cards in three Championship games, recording seven of them this week in Reading’s 3-0 win against Blackburn. Our local rivals had both Harry Pickering and Daniel Ayala carded while Reading saw all of Joe Lumley, Thomas Holmes, Nesta Guinness-Walker, Tyrese Fornah and Mamadou Ndiaye receive yellow cards.
Of the current Select Group 2 officials to have refereed a Burnley game, he sits third in RATE THE REF with a rating of 67.18 out of a hundred.
The fourth official tomorrow is Seb Stockbridge who is still to referee a Burnley game.
Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Phil Dermott & Sam Lewis
Fourth Official: Seb Stockbridge
Previous Burnley Games – Keith Stroud
|Season||Opponents||V||Res||Y||R||Burnley Players Carded|
|2005/06||Plymouth||a||0-1||7||0||Y: Duff, Harley|
|2005/06||QPR||a||1-1||2||0||Y: McGreal, Sinclair|
|2008/09||Chelsea||a||1-1||4||1||Y: Akinbiyi, Eagles R: Caldwell|
|2008/09||Birmingham||a||1-1||4||0||Y: Kalvenes, Thompson|
|2010/11||Millwall||a||1-1||3||1||Y: Eagles R: Carlisle|
|2013/14||Wigan||h||2-0||6||0||Y: Barnes, Mee|
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