The Referee chosn to officiate the game between Gillingham and Rotherham United at The Priestfield Stadium on Saturday is…
Mr Richard Beeby from Northamptonshire
Born on 11th February 1962 Richard works as a planning officer in local government and is a life member at Northamptonshire CCC, whilst also enjoying a game of golf.
He was promoted to The National List of Referees in 1999 and has had a successful career to date refereeing FL Play Off Semi Finals in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and a final in 2004.
In season 2004-05 he refereed matches in the Premier League and in 2005 he refereed the FA Vase Final.
When asked why he became a Referee, he said,
‘I played locally in Northampton as a goalkeeper and broke my neck in a challenge. I couldn’t play following this incident so became an Assistant Manager but whilst I enjoyed the coaching, I was bored during the game itself. I wanted to be active during the match so I attended the referee`s course and loved it’.
His most recent appointments to Millers games are as follows…
27th October 2007….Dagenham 0-2 Millers….1 yellow
3rd January 2005….Millwall 1-2 Millers….3 yellows
4th December 2004….Brighton 1-0 Millers….3 yellows
7th February 2004….Millers 5-1 Reading….3 yellows
So far this season Richard has taken charge of 15 games, showing 33 yellows and 4 reds.
His most recent red card was for violent conduct by Watford’s Tamas Priskin for lashing out at Cardiff’s Darren Purse during the 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road on October 21st
Record in Recent Years
2008-09….15 games….33 yellows….4 reds
2007-08….36 games….76 yellows….5 reds
2006-07….38 games….111 yellows….9 reds
2005-06….30 games….84 yellows….8 reds
2004-05….38 games….99 yellows….8 reds
2003-04….34 games….95 yellows….10 reds
Richard will be assisted at Gillingham by…
Gary JN Jerden from Essex
Paul W Mellin from Surrey
The Fourth Official will be…
Ian J Crouch from London
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