It seems that talking about referees is commonplace these days.
The ref has been a big talking point from Tuesday night, with the early penalty deciding the game and a string of decisions that incensed the crowd. I wasn’t as angry as many and was a bit shocked to find how many people were getting into him. Still, that’s three or four in a row at home now, so what can we expect from this weekend’s referee?
Referee: MARTIN COY
Assistants: David Avent and Dean Treleaven
Fourth Official: Thomas Harty
Before we go on to Mr Coy and his record, shall we have a nice musical interlude?
Hopefully, you feel better for that.
Right, Martin Coy. We have seen him at a game of ours this season; he was the fourth official when we played away at Morecambe, but he hasn’t officiated one of our games as yet.
We first crossed paths with him during our National League days. Our game with Salisbury in 2013 was only the third of his National League career, and one I’d rather forget; we lost 1-0. He was back later in the season, this time as we won 4-3 at Hyde United. Hopefully, hearing those two names puts a narrow 1-0 defeat against Wimbledon into some perspective. He also took charge of our 4-1 victory over Barnet in 2014/15, our 3-2 reverse at Dover the following season, and a 1-1 with Macclesfield. In 2016/17, he was in charge as we beat Tranmere 1-0 thanks to Bonne’s goal and our 3-3 draw with Aldershot. He also incensed Barrow fans that season, but I’ve never had reason to complain.
Continuing our decent run of form when Mr Coy is in charge, his first visit to Sincil Bank as a Football League referee saw us turn Forest Green over, 2-1 at Christmas 2017. Our title-winning season saw our paths cross once again, and this time it produced the first red card in games of ours he has refereed. He sent James Wilson off as we drew 1-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy at Scunthorpe. He was then also in charge as we beat Morecambe 2-0 with an Andrade double later in the campaign.
After starting off his relationship with us with a 1-0 home defeat, his penultimate game at Bank was another home defeat, losing to Rotherham 1-0 in February 2020. Last season we had him just once, in the 2-2 draw with Accrington, famous for Alex Palmer’s rather horrible early error, which gifted the visitors an early goal. Some things never change, right?
So far this season, he’s given 24 yellow cards in nine matches, fewer than three per game, which suggests he likes to keep them in his pocket. He has awarded two penalties in those nine matches, but only one in a league fixture; that coming for Bradford City as they hammered Stevenage.