Ref Watch: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

There are those out there who think this could be our biggest home game for many years to come. 

If we don’t arrest this slide, and we do continue to drop points whilst those around us do not, then it’s more likely to be Stevenage and Sutton than Sheffield Wednesday next season. However, the refer pool would be the same, so we’re likely to have this man next season, wherever we are.

Assistants: Steven Rushton and Grant Taylor
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson

We have seen Martin Coy this season, ironically as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season. That’s not the only time he’s been part of the officiating team for one of our games: he was the fourth official when we played away at Morecambe.

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. 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 Macauley 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.

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

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?

He likes to keep his cards in his pocket; he’s booked 48 players across 22 games this season, below the average of three cards per game. He has sent three off, but two of those came as recently as Tuesday night when James McLean and Joe Garner were dismissed in the seventh minute of injury time as Wigan beat Fleetwood 2-0. He’s only awarded four penalties all season as well, so expect a game that flows nicely.