Richard Beeby

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Richard Beeby
Full name Richard J Beeby
Born (1962-01-11) 11 January 1962 (age 52)
Northampton, Northants, England
Domestic
Years League Role
1999– Football League Referee
International
Years League Role
2005–2007 UEFA Fourth official

Richard J. Beeby[1] (born 11 January 1962, Northampton, Northants[2]) is an English association football referee who operates in the Football League, and has also previously handled Premier League games.

Career[edit]

Beeby began his refereeing career in the local Northampton leagues, eventually attaining Football League status in 1999.[2]

His first ever match as a Football League referee was the 2–1 home win by Southend over Plymouth in the old Third Division on 7 August 1999, and resulted in him having to dismiss a player, Mick Heathcote of Plymouth.[3]

During the Second Division match played between Colchester and Bournemouth at Layer Road on 2 September 2000,[4] Beeby was surrounded by away side players following a decision in their 3–1 defeat. This resulted in a £2,500 fine for the Dorset club, due to "a failure to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".[5]

In 2004, he took charge of the old First Division Play-off Semi-final, first leg, between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on 14 May 2004,[6] and was then appointed to control the old Second Division Play-off Final between Brighton & Hove Albion and Bristol City[2] at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 30 May 2004, when a late Leon Knight penalty secured promotion for the South coast team.[7]

Although not on the Premier League list of referees, Beeby was given a "trial run" in that league on 7 May 2005, when he was man-in-the-middle for the Aston Villa versus Manchester City tie at Villa Park, which ended 2–1 to City.[8] In that year, he was also given the honour of being the referee for the FA Vase Final. This was played on 14 May 2005 at White Hart Lane in London, between A.F.C. Sudbury and Didcot Town.[9] He also handled a Semi-final second leg in the Football League Championship Play-offs, when Preston drew 0–0 at Derby to ensure their place in the Final, thanks to a 2–0 first leg victory.[10]

However, much controversy was perceived by the media in Lancashire regarding the Championship match he took charge of on 1 November 2005 at Turf Moor, Burnley, when the visitors were Millwall.[11] After a quiet first half, "racist comments aimed at Frank Sinclair saw visiting striker Ben May sent off in the players tunnel at half time". Added to this, another two Millwall players were dismissed in the second half, James O'Connor of Burnley left the field after a second yellow card, and a further five yellow cards were also issued. The Bolton News accused Beeby of "attempting to ruin another game as a spectacle as a quite staggering second half unravelled". The game ended 2–1 to the home side.[12] May was subsequently reported to have been "considering suing referee Richard Beeby" over the circumstances of his dismissal.[13]

Despite having already refereed his first Premier League match, and subsequently being given two more fixtures in that league during the 2005-06 season,[14] Beeby has since been confined to operating in the three divisions of the Football League. Incidentally, on 28 December 2005, he should have taken up his next Premiership appointment at Craven Cottage, when Fulham met Aston Villa,[15] but he suffered an injury in the "warm-up", and was replaced by fourth official Andy D'Urso.[16]

He was given further responsibility in the Play-offs in season 2006-07, when he took control of the Football League Two Play-offs Semi-final, first leg, between Bristol Rovers and Lincoln City at the Memorial Stadium on 12 May 2007.[17]

Only fifteen minutes into his FA Cup appointment on 11 November 2007 at Gainsborough, who were entertaining Hartlepool,[18] Beeby "had to go off with a calf strain and was replaced by linesman Michael Naylor with the fourth official taking the flag".[19]

On 18 February 2008, when Bristol City met Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate in a Championship game,[20] Beeby was heavily criticised by Palace manager Neil Warnock after allowing one more minute above the announced four minutes injury time at the end of the match. During this final 60 seconds, Bristol City's Jamie McCombe equalised Lee Hills' second half goal for Palace. "I didn't think anybody should shake the referee's hand tonight if I am honest", Warnock said. "I think they all wanted to talk to him the ones that did, I don't think they were shaking it with any loving care. The first half he played one minute and blew on the dot as we were attacking outside their box and then he puts four up in the second half and it's four minutes and 55 seconds when they score and they are attacking. I just think it is totally out of order." Warnock was subsequently charged with "improper conduct" by the FA.[21] In response, he "admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing".[22]

Beeby is also listed by the Football Association as their Northamptonshire fitness coach, based in Kettering.[23]

UEFA involvement[edit]

Since 2005, he acted as fourth official in European club matches under the jurisdiction of UEFA,[24] until his compulsory retirement from that activity at the age of 45 in 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Middle initial: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Birthdate confirmation and profile: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  3. ^ First ever Football League match in charge, Southend v. Plymouth, 1999: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  4. ^ Colchester v. Bournemouth, Second Division, 2000: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Cherries charged over player 'conduct'", A.F.C. Bournemouth player misconduct v. Colchester, 2000: from an article at the Bournemouth Daily Echo website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  6. ^ Crystal Palace v. Sunderland, First Division Play-off Semi-final, first leg, 2004: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  7. ^ Brighton v. Bristol City, Second Division Play-off Final, 2004: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  8. ^ First ever Premier League match, Aston Villa v. Man. City, 2005: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  9. ^ FA Vase Final 2005, referee: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  10. ^ Derby v. Preston, Championship Play-off Semi-final, second leg, 2005: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  11. ^ Burnley v. Millwall, Championship, 2005: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  12. ^ 4 red cards, 6 yellows, Burnley v. Millwall, 2005: from an article at The Bolton News website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  13. ^ "May ready to pursue legal action", over the circumstances of his dismissal: from an article at the ThisIsLancashire.co.uk website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  14. ^ Two more Premier League matches in 2005-06, then no more since: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  15. ^ Fulham v. Aston Villa, Premier League, 2005 (injured): soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  16. ^ D'Urso replaces Beeby due to injury, Fulham v. Aston Villa, 2005: from a match report at the BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  17. ^ Bristol Rovers v. Lincoln, Football League Two Play-offs Semi-final, first leg, 2007: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  18. ^ Gainsborough v. Hartlepool, FA Cup, 2007: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  19. ^ Injury after 15 minutes, Gainsborough v. Hartlepool, 2007: from an article at the Lincolnshire Echo website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  20. ^ Bristol City v. Crystal Palace, Championship, referee: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  21. ^ "Warnock charged with improper conduct", Bristol City v. Crystal Palace, 2008: from an article at the Your Local Guardian website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  22. ^ Warnock admits charge, requests personal hearing: TheFA.com official website. Retrieved on 18 March 2008.
  23. ^ Fitness coach (Kettering, Northants): TheFA.com official website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  24. ^ Fourth official in Europe, 2005: TheFA.com official website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.

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