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Meet The Ref – Preston North End


Monday afternoon’s referee at the Liberty is Peter Bankes who makes his third trip to South West Wales this season having already overseen our games with Manchester City and Bournemouth, neither of which the Swans won.

As a Premier League official it will be just his 6th Championship appearance of the season with 14 yellows and 1 red cards being a fairly small return from his games to date.

Bankes and Swansea do have some controversy which involved a game between us and Charlton, a game the Swans won 2-1 but caused then Charlton boss Lee Bowyer to question the integrity of the official.

The Charlton manager was quoted saying: “You were absolutely horrendous you tonight. I bet you are pleased. I see you looked after your mate from your academy days tonight” – comments which earned Bowyer a £4,000 fine and a three match touchline ban.

At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Bowyer said he was talking to Swansea boss Steve Cooper ahead of the game, before Bankes engaged in a lengthy conversation with the Welshman.

At the end of the chat, Cooper said to Bowyer: “Don’t worry we’re not best mates, he just used to do all our academy games.”

Bankes was appointed as a Select Group 1 referee ahead of the 2019/20 season and he will be assisted by James Mainwairing and Nick Greenhalgh whilst Sam Allison is the fourth official.

Championship 2020/2021 - Appearances as Referee yellow second yellow red
19/09/2020 Blackburn Rovers - Wycombe Wanderers 5:0 1 - 1
03/11/2020 Huddersfield Town - Bristol City 1:2 3 - -
25/11/2020 Middlesbrough FC - Derby County 3:0 4 - -
08/12/2020 Swansea City - AFC Bournemouth 0:0 4 - -
20/01/2021 Huddersfield Town - Millwall FC 0:1 2 - -
05/04/2021 Swansea City - Preston North End 0:1 2 - -

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Phil Sumbler
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 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.