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Geoff Eltringham to ref Ipswich game

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Fulham vrs Ipswich Town

Championship Match Day 41 1617 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 8th April 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham)

Referee Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham)
Geoff Eltringham
Referee Geoff Eltringham, 36, a talented footballer in his youth and, after leaving school, decided he still wanted to be involved in the game and thought refereeing was the best way to do that.

He came through the through the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Youth League, Northern and UniBond leagues and then, the Blue Square North and Blue Square Premier, being promoted to the National List of Referees in 2009. In 2016 he was appointed to the new elite group of full-time referees to officiate at Championship matches.

The last time Ref Eltringham bossed a Fulham game was the 1-1 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday when he booked 4 Wednesday players and two Fulham players, Johansen and Parker both for fouls.

Prior to that game Mr Eltringham had only reffed one Fulham game before, which was the 3-1 away win at Rotherham last seasonin Aug 2015. He yellow carded 3 players, two were Fulham players, McCormack and Christensen, both for fouls. Ref Eltringham also gave us a penalty in the 16th minute which was converted by McCormack.

Eltringham last reffed Ipswich in a 2-2 home draw with Reading in February this year. He booked two visiting players and an Ipswich player, Knudsen.

Last season he reffed 37 games and dished out 93 yellows, so a low 2.5 yellows per game, and an above average 8 red cards. This season so far he has reffed 35 games and dished out 99 yellows, about 2.8 yellows a game, and 5 red cards, so not a lot of change from last season.

His busiest game this season was the 1-1 draw between Aston Villa and Cardiff when he booked three Villa players and four Cardiff players while also sending off a Cardiff player late on in the game for two yellows.

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