Officials for Yeovil Town's Saturday home fixture against Milton Keynes Dons have been announced. The man in charge will be Graham Salisbury (Lanchashire).
Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, and all five have been away from home. It's not been long since we have last seen him, given that he took charge of last month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so he has been quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Having seen photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch on the day of that postponement, his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.
The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. The last time we saw him was for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008. An emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.
A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.
Hence five matches, and five good performances from the Lancashire official, so hopefully that run can continue. Finally after skirting around Bristol and Swindon, he will make his first ever visit to Huish Park - hopefully his 'home form' is as good as his away form.
Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Neil Radford (Worcestershire).
Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.
Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.
Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.
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