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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Meet The Ref – Sheffield United

Keith Stroud will take charge of the Swans first home league game of the campaign tomorrow evening when Sheffield United at the visitors at the newly named Swansea.com Stadium.

He has been an International FIFA assistant referee and ran the line in the 2003 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Southampton.

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He also served as a Premier League referee for two seasons before returning to the EFL list in 2009/10. Keith has refereed over 300 EFL games, including the League Two Play-Off Final in 2013 between Bradford City and Northampton Town.

In 2012 Keith was the referee for the Cerebral Palsy Paralympics Final between Russia and Ukraine, and in 2015 refereed the Cerebral Palsy World Championships Final with the same teams as the finalists.

Stroud was in charge of the first leg of our play off semi final two seasons ago when he awarded us a penalty (which Ayew missed) and also sent off Brentford’s Rico Henry – a decision that was later on overturned on appeal although it was a decision that the manager Steve Cooper agreed with at the time “You look at the Jake Bidwell one against Bristol City earlier on in the season. I don’t think you can if you compare it to that and if you do what you do you’re endorsing dangerous and reckless challenges” he said after the game.

“There’s a lot of contention. You saw some in the Premier League too. The fact is it was 50:50 and there’s no way it can be overturned.”

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Cooper blasted Stroud as well the same season after failing to show a second yellow card to Reading’s Lucas Boye at the Liberty – saying after the game: “I politely spoke with the ref at half-time. I’ve come across him before. He’s a really experienced referee and a decent guy but I think he knew he let himself down a bit.

“I asked him and he’s obviously going to have his excuses and reasons, and the fourth official’s reaction as well, they knew they probably weren’t at their best.”

Stroud will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Sam Lewis whilst Sam Allison is the fourth official.

Championship 2020/2021 - Appearances as Referee yellow second yellow red
11/09/2020 Watford FC - Middlesbrough FC 1:0 1 - -
03/10/2020 Nottingham Forest - Bristol City 1:2 2 - -
18/10/2020 Preston North End - Cardiff City 0:1 1 - -
20/10/2020 Coventry City - Swansea City 1:1 1 - -
24/10/2020 Stoke City - Brentford FC 3:2 3 - -
31/10/2020 Wycombe Wanderers - Sheffield Wednesday 1:0 4 - -
07/11/2020 Reading FC - Stoke City 0:3 2 - -
21/11/2020 Bristol City - Derby County 1:0 2 - -
28/11/2020 Norwich City - Coventry City 1:1 2 - -
02/12/2020 Middlesbrough FC - Swansea City 2:1 4 - -
04/12/2020 Barnsley FC - AFC Bournemouth 0:4 3 - -
08/12/2020 Huddersfield Town - Sheffield Wednesday 2:0 4 - -
15/12/2020 Queens Park Rangers - Stoke City 0:0 3 - -
19/12/2020 Brentford FC - Reading FC 3:1 3 - -
26/12/2020 Bristol City - Wycombe Wanderers 2:1 2 - -
29/12/2020 Preston North End - Coventry City 2:0 3 - -
16/01/2021 Nottingham Forest - Millwall FC 3:1 1 - -
30/01/2021 Norwich City - Middlesbrough FC 0:0 2 1 -
13/02/2021 Huddersfield Town - Wycombe Wanderers 2:3 8 - -
17/02/2021 AFC Bournemouth - Rotherham United 1:0 3 - -
20/02/2021 Nottingham Forest - Blackburn Rovers 1:0 3 - -
27/02/2021 Swansea City - Bristol City 1:3 3 - -
02/03/2021 Millwall FC - Preston North End 2:1 2 - -
10/03/2021 Barnsley FC - Derby County 0:0 2 - -
13/03/2021 Cardiff City - Watford FC 1:2 6 - -
20/03/2021 Norwich City - Blackburn Rovers 1:1 - - -
05/04/2021 Nottingham Forest - Queens Park Rangers 3:1 4 - -
10/04/2021 Barnsley FC - Middlesbrough FC 2:0 1 - -
17/04/2021 Swansea City - Wycombe Wanderers 2:2 4 - -
21/04/2021 Millwall FC - AFC Bournemouth 1:4 4 - -
01/05/2021 Huddersfield Town - Coventry City 1:1 3 - -
08/05/2021 Blackburn Rovers - Birmingham City 5:2 3 - -

Content retrieved from: https://www.worldfootball.net/referee_summary/keith-stroud/3/1/eng-championship-2020-2021/.

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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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