Ian Stokes

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For the English cricketer, see Ian Stokes (cricketer).
Ian Stokes
Born Dublin, Ireland
Other occupation unknown
Years League Role
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2006–present League of Ireland Referee
Years League Role
2004 - present FIFA listed Referee

Ian Stokes is an Irish FIFA-level[1][2] soccer referee from Dublin. An experienced League of Ireland official,[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] he took charge of the 2005 FAI Cup Final at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. He has also taken charge of one of the semi-finals of the 2007 Setanta Sports Cup. At international level, Stokes refereed one UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier. In October 2008, he refereed at the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.


Stokes received his FIFA badge in 2004. He officiated the 2005 FAI Cup Final and the semi-final of the 2007 Setanta Sports Cup 2007. In 2006, Stokes was appointed to the Elite Phase of the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in Croatia[10] and later took charge of a Euro 2008 qualifier, Andorra v. Israel in the Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall. The match was attended by 680 spectators.[11]

UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship 2008[edit]

In October 2008, Stokes attended the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in a professional capacity. On 7 October 2008, he took charge of the Group 2 match in which Belgium beat Estonia 5 – 0 at Kadriorg in Tallinn, Estonia.[12] On 10 October 2008, he took charge of the Group 2 match in which Belgium and Croatia drew 2 – 2 at Kuusalu in Kuusalu, Estonia.[13]


In May 2006, Stokes refereed an FAI Cup match between Cork City and Longford Town in which City lost 2–1. Following the game, City manager Damien Richardson criticised the FAI and its disciplinary commission. He claimed that football in Ireland was being run by "an old boys' network" and expressed his anger at the suspensions which had just previously been handed out to his defender Danny Murphy. The FAI received the reports of Stokes and match observer Pat Quigley and spent the following day collecting newspaper clippings and transcripts of Richardson's post-match press conference.[14]

In July 2008, Stokes awarded a penalty to Cobh Ramblers against Bray Wanderers in a Premier Division match, only to over-rule and give a free kick to Bray as Kevin Murray prepared to take the spot-kick. Earlier in the match he had disallowed a Daryl Kavanagh goal, Cobh conceded a late goal to lose the match and were subsequently relegated at the end of the season.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kelly blows the whistle on Ireland's referee bashers". Irish Independent. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ "FIFA awards 17 badges to Irish referees and assistants". BreakingNews.ie. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Galway take a giant step to survival". Irish Independent. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Gypsies in driving seat as McGill strike denies Sligo". Irish Independent. 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Foran sees red in dull stalemate". Irish Independent. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Purcell's double blow leaves Drogs' title hopes in disarray". Irish Independent. 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  7. ^ "McCourt on the mark to boost struggling Candystripes". Irish Independent. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Keegan and Barrett shine for new-look Drogheda". Irish Independent. 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Vikings ready to make their mark". Irish Independent. 2006-04-21. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  10. ^ UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Fixtures & Results
  11. ^ Ian Stokes's profile at WorldReferee.com. Accessed 24 November 2008.
  12. ^ Match details. UEFA. Accessed 24 November 2008.
  13. ^ Match details. UEFA. Accessed 24 November 2008.
  14. ^ "Richardson defiant in face of gagging order". Irish Independent. 2006-05-30. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  15. ^ "Eircom League weekend review". Irish Independent. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-11-24.