Officials for Yeovil Town's opening match of the 2012-13 season have been published by the Football League. The home game against Coventry City takes place on Saturday 18th August 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee David Phillips (West Sussex).
He is in his fifth season as a Football League referee, and we have had him six times during that period. The first of those occasions was November 2008's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Mr Phillips dished out a stop-start performance, blowing his whistle far too often, making for a dull encounter in Essex. Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night.
The second occasion was a little less controversial but we still weren't too happy with his part in Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in March 2009. Again the second half deteriorated into a stop-start game, and he wasn't particularly wise to some gamesmanship being carried out by Carlisle players.
Next we had him for the September 2009 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth. Here we were probably glad that he chalked off a goal for the home side, even though it was a somewhat generous decision for us. His decision-making was also questionable in a number of second half decisions against both sides that tended to lead to players taking matters into their own hands and it was probably fortunate that things didn't escalate further.
Two months after the Bournemouth game, he took charge of the home match against Southend United. During that match he sent off Southend's Sean Morrison for a professional foul. We thought it was a decent decision, even after having the BBC Sport highlights to view it on playback, although Morrison himself and Southend captain Adam Barrett were definitely not happy, whilst Shrimpers boss Steve Tilson - one of the more level-headed people in the game - ripped into the officials accusing them of ruining the game. In truth whilst we felt Mr Phillips was spot on with the professional foul, the decision for the free kick that won the Glovers the game, and his tendency to let the game boil over badly did not give us a warm feeling about him either.
There was then a little bit of a gap before we had Mr Phillips again. That next meeting came during the 2010-11 season at Victoria Road, when we lost 2-1 to Dagenham and Redbridge in February 2011. An excellent first half of football was followed by a rather poor second period from a Glovers point of view, but we can't find too much to moan about that which we would pin upon the referee - our defeat was our own undoing on the day.
Most recently he took charge of the October 2011 game against Bury at Huish Park. This was an awful performance ... by the team. He may or may not have irritated the Yeovil faithful - but if he did then all that was eclipsed by the way the Glovers played on the day. So no complaints, and no mention of Mr Phillips in the match report.
Mr Phillips will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).
Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Bury 3.
Link: February 2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.
Link: September 2009 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.
Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.
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