RUFC - Ref Watch v Blackburn
The man in charge of our Tuesday night game at Ewood Park is ...
Geoff Eltringham from Tyne and Wear
Geoff played football at school and, after leaving, decided he still wanted to be involved in the game and thought refereeing was the best way to do that. He came through the ranks, being promoted to the National List of Referees in 2009.
The last time Geoff was in charge of a Millers game was at the New York Stadium in March last year. The visitors were Brentford and Geoff awarded the Millers a penalty on the fourteenth minute which Kieran Agard duly put away and he scored his, and the Millers, second on the stroke of half-time. Haris Vuckic added a third in time added on at the end of the game to give the Millers a three-nil win and send the Bees home pointless.
His first game in charge of the Millers was at the Crown Ground when the Millers visited Accrington Stanley in October 2010. Stanley went in front on nine minutes when Millers 'keeper came way out of his area to try and get to the ball but Andy Parkinson got there first and slotted the goal into the back of the net. On the seventeenth minute debutant Kevin Long saw red after pulling back Millers striker Adam Le Fondre in the are and being the last man he had to go. Le Fondre scored the resulting spot-kick and the teams went in level at half-time. Four minutes into the second half the hosts regained their lead after a corner kick found Jimmy Ryan and he smashed the ball into the back of the net. With ten minutes remaining on the clock a Nicky law corner found the head of tall defender Exodus Geohaghon who put the Millers level for the second time. With it looking like the teams would share the points a long throw from Geohaghon found Ryan Cresswell and the Miller skipper headed the ball into the net to give the Millers all three points.
Geoff was also in the middle for our game against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium in February 2012. Calvin Zola put the home side in front five minutes before half-time with Shaun Harrard equalising for the visitors ten minutes into the second half. That day Geoff booked Jack Dyer from Albion and the Millers' Danny Harrison and Alex Revell.
This season, in the twenty-three games he has officiated in, Geoff has shown sixty-one yellow cards and seven red cards
Running the line on Tuesday night will be …
Nicholas Gibbons from Lancashire
Steven Meredith from Nottinghamshire
The Fourth Official will be …
Richard Clark from Northumberland