Every football fan has at one time been bemused, angered or felt betrayed by the man in black, but how well do you know the rules of the game?
If you think you know more than the ref then this is your chance to prove it.
The Robins Trust is hosting a unique event at the LCI Rail Stadium featuring three very special guests.
Chris Foy spent 14 years as a Premier League official and took charge of more than 500 professional games – including the Robins’ memorable Neil Grayson-inspired win against Cardiff City in 2000.
Now, the former Fifa elite list official is working as head of community engagement with the Professional Game Match Officials and he wants to know well you know the laws of the game.
On Thursday June 1 from 7pm, Chris will be making his second trip to Whaddon Road for an evening with the Robins Trust.
He will be joined by Select Group 2 referee, Simon Hooper, who has been with the EFL for eight years and has been in charge of over 100 Championship games.
He is also refereeing this weekend’s League One play-off final between Bradford and Millwall at Wembley.
In a fascinating, entertaining and interactive session, Chris and Simon will explain the latest updates to the laws of football and give an insight in to why, and how, referees make the decisions they do.
They will also put you on the spot and ask you to make the tough calls that the man in the whistle has to make on a weekly basis.
Afterwards you will also get the chance to ask the questions you have always wanted to two of the country’s leading referees alongside our third special guest.
Foy will be joined by Robins Trust member Nathan Mattick (above), who made national headlines in 2015 when he overcame the odds to became the UK’s first powerchair referee.
Not one to be deterred by his wheelchair, Nathan is FA qualified to officiate in able-bodied and disabled matches, both indoors and outside.
The 21-year-old has cerebral palsy and found the first match he officiated to be a big challenge but with the help of the Gloucestershire FA, he has been able to achieve his dream of refereeing.
“I was so nervous. I thought the players and managers would give me a hard time because I was in a chair and they would question why I was refereeing able-bodied football,” he said at the time.
“I want to work with children in the sports industry. I want to get a job and be independent. Going back to my parents would be a step backwards,” he added.
“It’s important you respect every single person whether they have a disability or not. We can all contribute to this world.”
It’s an inspiring story and one that should give a further perspective into life out in the middle.
The event is free, open to members and non-members of the Trust and there will be a full pay bar available.
If you are interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet the Trust @robinstrust so we can get an idea of numbers.
In advance of the 2015 Robins Trust AGM, the agenda and Draft Accounts (for 2014-2015) are available online.
The accounts are currently under independent audit (as required by Trust rules) and this should be complete within the next few days. No changes to the Draft accounts are expected. The audited accounts will be uploaded as soon as they are available.
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Forest Green Rovers home match
You may have read in Paul Baker’s programme notes for the Havant and Waterlooville game that the board made the decision to turn down the opportunity to have the Forest Green match televised.
This decision was made collectively by the board of directors.
We felt that it wasn’t right to move the game to a Thursday night as it is one that is capturing the imagination of the supporters. I know it was the first game I looked for when the fixtures were released.
We felt that moving the match would have an impact on the attendance and we wanted to give as many supporters as possible the chance to attend the match and enjoy a fantastic atmosphere.
It meant that we turned down £7,000 from BTSport – something that may have proved useful in the January transfer window – but as a board we need to make sure that short-term financial gains are not made at the expense of supporters.