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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
This is the 62nd and final Refwatch for this season ......

The first three visits of Bristol Rovers, one of our more regular opponents over the years, to Roots Hall ended 3-2, 3-4 and then 6-3. The last one was particularly remarkable as we won two consecutive home league matches by that same 6-3 score (John McKinven got 5, Bobby Gilfillan 4, Ray Smith a couple and one for Andy Smillie in those two matches).

More recently this fixture has developed in to a whole series of mainly low scoring draws with the odd one goal victory.

The last referee and certainly least, in terms of experience.

Man in charge is the inexperienced first year League referee Antony Coggins from Bicester. He progressed remarkably quickly through the non-league ranks. Just 5 years after refereeing his first kiddies' match he was refereeing in the Conference South and still a teenager. He is now just about 30 and was previously a teaching assistant.

After just one year in the middle of the Conference Premier (or National League as it is now) he was promoted to the Football League List at the end of last season.

He has already taken charge at Roots Hall twice this season. Firstly, as a late replacement for the customary first round League Cup defeat, this time to Newport when our defence was run ragged by, yes, Nouble in his 25 minute appearance. Coggins did okay without being totally convincing and the match's two yellows both went to them.

His second visit was for the Fleetwood match earlier this year when we lost 2-1 and Wabo got a good run out. Again not totally convincing and again both of the match's yellow cards went to the visitors.

He had previously been an Assistant Referee at Wembley for the 2016 FA Vase Final. His matches in the National League last season included Braintree's relegation clincher at Aldershot, the high profile Lincoln v Forest Green match and Dagenham's home play-off also against Forest Green. In fact over a third of his matches last season featured Dagenham or Forest Green or both. Those 23 matches produced a very average 77 yellow cards and slightly high 6 reds. He appears not to be one to shirk extreme decisions. He was roundly condemned for abandoning a match at Macclesfield just after the fog had lifted!

His 33 matches this season have produced a below average 83 yellows and 5 reds. As you would expect the majority of his matches have been League Two or Checkatrade.

Here's a clip of him in one of his few previous League One games:


His assistants will be Callum Walchester a young looking police officer from Lowestoft also making his 3rd visit to Roots Hall and Andrew Williams from Pinner. Walchester was here with Coggins for that Fleetwood match. Fourth Official will be Kevin Howick from Abingdon in Oxfordshire.