Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Brentford have been announced. The game takes place on January 8th 2011 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but for unknown reasons only had him sporadically since we've got into the Football League.
Both were in the 2005-06 season. One of those was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.
Mr woolmer's saving grace is that Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, Woolmer was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch. The postman's name is consequently mud in that part of the Welsh borders.
We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. Why we've rarely had an official who is in a fairly central-southern based location isn't clear - just one of those things as he certainly clocks up the matches each season, having done 19 games already.
Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Tony Horton (Wolverhampton) and Neil Radford (Worcester). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).
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