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Meet The Ref – Middlesbrough

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Gavin Ward will take charge of the Swans for the third time this season. He was the man in the middle for the 0-0 draw at home to Birmingham back in September, a game that saw him issue just one yellow card.

However, it was a match remembered for a half-time incident involving Swans coach Alan Tate who was later charged and punished by the FA for the incident that went unpunished on the day by Ward.

Alan Tate - Swansea v Birmingham

He was also referee for our 2-0 defeat to the newly named “Wayne Rooney’s Derby” back in December – a game again with just one yellow card. His total Championship record this season is 21 appearances, 64 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

Ward has been an EFL official for 13 years and was appointed to the Select 2 Group officials ahead of the 2018/19 season after over ten years as an EFL referee in League One and League Two.

During that time, he took charge of the 2017/18 EFL Trophy Final between Shrewsbury Town and Lincoln City, as well as being the Fourth Official for the FA Vase Final in 2011.

Ward also attracted earlier this season this brilliant quote from Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray – “I thought he started the game poorly and he finished the game poorly. And was poorly in between.”

Ward will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Matthew Jones while Trevor Kettle is the fourth official.

Gavin Ward Championship Stats 2020/21

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Phil Sumblerhttp://www.planetswans.co.uk
Been watching the Swans since the very late 1970s and running the Planet Swans website (in all its current and previous guises since the summer of 2001 As it stood JackArmy.net was right at the forefront of some of the activity against Tony Petty back in 2001, breaking many of the stories of the day as fans stood against the actions where the local media failed. Was involved with the Swans Supporters Trust from 2005, for the large part as Chairman before standing down in the summer of 2020.

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