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Referee Watch – Keith Stroud

Barring any late changes, Keith Stroud of Hampshire will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Bristol City at St Andrews on Saturday. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Stroud had taken charge of thirty-seven games this season, showing 124 yellow cards and six cards. Of those games, fourteen have been in the Championship in which he has shown forty-eight yellow cards and one red card. The solitary red card he has shown in the Championship was to Lee Tomlin of Peterborough for a professional foul. Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony was incensed by Stroud’s performance in this game; something the Peterborough Evening Telegraph agreed with in awarding Stroud a 4. The York Press report was much shorter and made no mention of the ref.

Last Blues Game Refereed

The last Blues game that Mr Stroud was in charge of was the 1-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace in December, where he showed two yellow cards (to Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace and Curtis Davies of Blues). In Colin Tattum’s match report there is no mention of the official’s performance and I made no mention either in my match reflections. I take this to be a positive.

Last Championship Game

The last game at this level that Mr Stroud officiated in was the 1-1 draw between Ipswich and Middlesbrough, where he showed two yellow cards. Neither the East Anglian Times nor the Evening Gazette made mention of his performance and I take this to be a positive thing too.

All stats via Soccerbase.

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One Response to “Referee Watch – Keith Stroud”

  • I did assess this official in my report on the game at Palace in December and made the following comment:


    Referee: Keith Stroud 7: Adequate enough. No real contentious decisions to make.

    As you can see it was short and sweet and therefore positive. We lost this game because of our own shortcomings and not because of anything to do with the officials. The fact that he has only issued one red card all season is a positive trait in my view. His average caution rate is 3.35 per game which suggests he is a level headed type of person. Let’s hope so anyway; all any fan expects from the officials is fairness and consistency.


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