Chris Foy (referee)

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Chris Foy
Chris Foy.jpg
Full name Christopher J Foy
Born (1962-11-20) 20 November 1962 (age 52)
St. Helens, Lancashire, England
Domestic
Years League Role
1994–95 The Football League Assistant referee
1995–96 Premier League Assistant referee
1996–2001 The Football League Referee
2001–2015 Premier League Referee
International
Years League Role
2002–07 FIFA listed Referee

Christopher J. Foy (born 20 November 1962[1] in St. Helens, Lancashire)[2] is a former English professional football referee. Following his first appointment as an official in the Football League in 1994 and his promotion in 2001 to the list of Select Group Referees who officiate in the Premier League, Foy refereed a number of notable matches, including the FA Community Shield and the finals of the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Trophy.

In 2015 Foy retired to become a senior referees' coach for the Professional Game Match Officials Board.[3]

Career[edit]

Foy first started refereeing in 1983. In 1994 he was promoted to the Football League list of assistant referees and progressed to the Premier League assistant referees' list in 1995.[1]

He made the step up to the role of referee in the Football League in 1996 and became a Premier League referee in 2001,[1] his first appointment being a 0–0 draw between Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic in December 2001.[4] Earlier in that year Foy was appointed fourth official for the FA Trophy final at Villa Park, where Canvey Island defeated Forest Green Rovers 1–0.[5][6]

He was also fourth official during the international friendly match when England lost 2–1 to Italy at Elland Road in March 2002,[7] and in May 2006 for the Football League Championship play-off between Leeds United and Watford, the latter winning 3–0.[8]

Nine days after the Championship play-off he was fourth official again when England played Hungary at Old Trafford, the home team winning 3–1.[9] Foy subsequently retired from international activities at the complusory age of 45 in 2007.

In 2007, he was selected to referee the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium between Stevenage Borough and Kidderminster Harriers. The match was won 3–2 by Stevenage, with Foy issuing four yellow cards.[10]

In 2008 Foy was chosen to carry out fourth official duties at the FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium, with Mike Dean refereeing.[11]

Foy refereed the 2009 Football League Cup Final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with United securing victory on penalties after a goalless draw.[12] He also took charge of the 2009 FA Community Shield later that year, contested by Chelsea and Manchester United, with Chelsea winning 4–1 on penalties after extra-time finished 2–2.[13]

Foy's highest refereeing honour was to officiate the FA Cup final in 2010, won 1–0 by Chelsea and during which he issued three cautions to Portsmouth players and awarded Portsmouth a penalty kick which was missed by Kevin-Prince Boateng four minutes prior to Didier Drogba's winning goal.

Foy retired from professional refereeing at the end of the 2014-15 season to become a senior referees' coach for the Professional Game Match Officials Board, working under Howard Webb.[14]

Personal information[edit]

As an Everton fan,[15] Foy did not referee competitive games involving that club[16] although he did take charge of an Everton away game at Aston Villa in 2002 before he had declared his interest in the team.[17]

Foy was actively involved in the "Don't X The Line"[18] campaign to eradicate abusive or aggressive behaviour from players and spectators at junior and youth matches.[19] He has also supported Knowsley Housing Trust's "Give Rent Arrears the Red Card".[20]

Statistics[edit]

Season Games Total Booked Booked per game Total Red card Red card per game
1997-98 41 106 2.59 6 0.15
1998-99 40 91 2.28 4 0.10
1999-00 34 101 2.97 7 0.21
2000-01 34 116 3.41 8 0.24
2001-02 30 100 3.34 9 0.30
2002-03 18 78 4.34 5 0.28
2003-04 23 68 2.96 4 0.17
2004-05 28 53 1.89 1 0.04
2005-06 43 103 2.40 10 0.23
2006-07 41 111 2.71 7 0.17
2007-08 34 99 2.91 6 0.17
2008-09 36 117 3.25 3 0.08
2009-10 36 107 2.97 5 0.14
2010-11 34 89 2.62 4 0.12
2011-12 35 86 2.46 8 0.23
2012-13 31 64 2.06 2 0.06
2013-14 32 89 2.78 6 0.19
Total 570 1,578 2.77 95 0.17

There are no available records prior to 1997-98.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Birthdate confirmation at the Football League official website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  2. ^ Confirmation of place of residence: Newcastle-Online.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2014-15/may/180515-chris-foy-to-take-up-new-pgmol-coaching-position.htm
  4. ^ First match in the Premier League: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  5. ^ FA Trophy Final 2001 result: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on 27 March 2008.
  6. ^ FA Trophy Final 2001 report: report from The Independent, through the FindArticles service. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  7. ^ Fourth official, England v. Italy, 2002: EnglandFootballOnline website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  8. ^ Championship Play-off result: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  9. ^ Fourth official, England v. Hungary, 2006: EnglandFootballOnline website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  10. ^ FA Trophy Final result: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  11. ^ FA Cup Final 2008, fourth official: TheFA.com official website. Retrieved on 8 April 2008.
  12. ^ Calring Cup Final, Manchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur, referee: Refworld.com website. Retrieved on 1 August 2009.
  13. ^ Community Shield, Chelsea v. Manchester United, referee: Refworld.com website. Retrieved on 1 August 2009.
  14. ^ http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2014-15/may/180515-chris-foy-to-take-up-new-pgmol-coaching-position.htm
  15. ^ Everton fan: Toffeeweb.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  16. ^ Friendly match involving Everton, his favourite team, 2007: BlueKipper.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  17. ^ Refereeing his own team v. Aston Villa, Premier League, 2002: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  18. ^ "Don't X The Line" campaign objectives. Retrieved on 27 March 2008.
  19. ^ "Respect is due in football": article, BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ "Chris Foy | Latest Football Betting Odds". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Howard Webb
FA Trophy Final
2007
Succeeded by
Martin Atkinson
Preceded by
Mark Halsey
League Cup Final
2009
Succeeded by
Phil Dowd
Preceded by
Howard Webb
FA Cup Final
2010
Succeeded by
Martin Atkinson