Barnsley v Bradford City


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:58:34

We hope you have enjoyed our weekend coverage here at ‘You Are The Ref’’.  Join us next Saturday when the Premiership returns to action for Manchester City v Tottenham, KO 12:45, with expert comments by Rob Harris.

RCT at 2014-10-12 16:57:50

The Referee used his cautions wisely and his judgment with regard penal offences was commendable.  The player’s remained disciplined and the match was a good advert for League 1 football.

RCT at 2014-10-12 16:57:00

The PGMO Referee Assessor may be looking at Barnsley’s first goal as a possible Key Match Incident (KMI) error, but our opinion is that his decision to award the goal was correct.

Final Score

RCT at 2014-10-12 16:55:15

Here at ‘You Are The Ref’ we believe that the Referee and his team have good game and that they should be very pleased with their afternoon’s work.



RCT at 2014-10-12 16:54:19

Game, set and match – and did you notice the advantage played by Andy Madley ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:51:36

.. but that run did ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:50:43

Now that did NOT remind me of his Dad, young Mr Cole ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:49:44

4 minutes added time, that’s about right, 2 goals, times for the subs, ……


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:47:06

When does time consuming become time-wasting ?


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:46:19

The Home Team not exactly rushing around to get the ball back into play ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:40:20

Commendable positioning by the referee, around the penalty spot to award the corner-kick ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:33:48

If you are a referee who takes the game in 15 minute sectors, you have one sector left in the game; keep focused guys, keep it tight for the final 15 ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:29:14

It is refreshing to see the referee allowing a degree of physicality in the challenges, as long as he remains consistent and the player’s remain disciplined ………


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:25:52

Goals can often be “trigger points” in terms of an increased temperature of the game, time for the officials to be wary …


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:23:59

It’s just like watching Brazil …..


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:19:50

60 minutes gone – ‘text book’ intervention by the Match Officials so far, they have contributed to an entertaining game, and we must not forget the minimal, but effective contribution, by the Assistants.

RCT at 2014-10-12 16:16:25

Here at You Are The Ref, we believe that the goal should stand, and that the expected decision was that no offence occurred.


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:14:57

Interesting, UK TV pundits, with the aid of several replays, that Nyatanga fouled the Bradford City defender in the lead up to the Barnsley goal.  What do you think, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:13:03

Yellow CardMore consistency from Referee Madley, Cole’s challenge also deserving the yellow card – and a good balance in terms of the caution count (2 for each team)



RCT at 2014-10-12 16:07:18

Goal for the Tykes – they deserve it on the balance of play ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:05:48

That will really help to cement his match control …..


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:05:05

Yellow CardA great start from the referee, accurate recognition of the reckless challenge by Nyatanga


RCT at 2014-10-12 16:03:10

So, here we go for the second-half, in refereeing terms “that’s the easy half done”, we’ll see how he gets on from this point onwards …..

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:59:18

His working, on-the-field relationship with Mark Clattenberg is also featured, and learn about his thoughts on the pre-match dressing room meeting and the fitness levels of today’s referee.

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:58:20

Perhaps Barnsley could do with a strapping forward player, and talking of robust centre-forwards, after the game why not visit and view Alan Biggs’s interview with Preston North End striker Kevin Davies.  Tongue in cheek, Alan describes Kevin as an “untamed beast”, but, as we discover, “he’s not a bad bloke really”.

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:53:56

Mark is also featured on the latest episode of ‘The Ref Show’, with Alan Biggs and Keith Hackett.

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:52:56

During half-time, why not visit for some excellent articles.  Alan Biggs’s piece on the match officials relationships with Roy Keane (beard or no beard !) is one of the highlights which features comment by former Premiership referee Mark Halsey.

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:49:53

Half-time snack, two are the specialties at Oakwell are Balti Pies and Bovril with black pepper, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, proper Yorkshire cuisine ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:48:31

Half-time, it would appear that the two cautions have had the desired effect, the match, so far, it completely under control. Let us know what you think – contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:44:23

One of the features of Andy Madley’s performance has been his recognition of penal offences – spot on so far ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:38:58

Yellow CardMore positive refereeing again the Bradford player (Sheenan) gets what he deserves for delaying the restart …


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:36:57

Barnsley ‘s Winnall claiming a touch by the Bradford goalkeeper, but did you see how well the referee was placed to make his decision?


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:32:00

Excellent delay by Richard Wigglesworth in awarding offside, exactly what is required with the modern directives.


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:30:43

30 minutes gone and just one caution … it can often by the case that ‘quiet games’ of this nature can turn on a single incident, time to keep focused …..

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:28:23

Surely Johnstone’s Paint could sponsor it ???


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:27:32

Still no marking spray on the Football League, why, why, why ????


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:26:40

Yellow CardGood decision by Andy Madley – no complaints by Bradford #8



RCT at 2014-10-12 15:23:40

A quarter of the game gone, so far so good, no Key Match Incidents (KMIs) to review for the PGMO Assessor


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:20:53

Have you noticed how the referee’s patrol path in the modern professional game does not take them into the area between the penalty area and the touchline?  Do you think this is advisable, let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:17:56

Good subtle communication by the referee, blowing his whistle as he gives the corner-kick so both teams recognise his decision ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:13:28

This has been a good solid start by the Referee and his team, accurate recognition of penal offences, no fuss refereeing …..


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:11:02

Great positioning from Martin Coy, adjacent to the corner-flag to judge the goal kick, and then correctly placed to judge the subsequent offside


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:09:37

We think this is going to be an open game, it’s the job of the match officials to retain control whilst allowing the game to flow, it’s a difficult balancing act sometimes …..


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:06:32

But the Match Officials must be aware is the current concussion issues and be ultra careful


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:05:27

Nothing wrong with that challenge – just a clash of heads ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:02:55

Time for the match officials to stay focused and aware ….


RCT at 2014-10-12 15:01:58

Wow – what a start for the Away team

RCT at 2014-10-12 15:00:02

Barnsley #44, Cole, is a robust physical forward, different from his very famous dad Andy of Newcastle, Man United and England fame ….

RCT at 2014-10-12 14:52:19

Match Officials from Championship to Conference level are scrutinised by a PGMO Assessor.  Part of the assessor’s brief is to view and subsequently review key Match Incidents (KMIs), key decisions which affect the outcome of games, e.g. penalty calls, sending offs.  We’ll keep you abreast of any KMIs which occur during the game.

RCT at 2014-10-12 14:48:26

The Home Team have not made the best start to the season, they will be under pressure, it will be interesting to see how they go about their business today ……


RCT at 2014-10-12 14:43:14

Mark is also featured on the latest episode of ‘The Ref Show’, with Alan Biggs and Keith Hackett.

RCT at 2014-10-12 14:41:49

Whilst you are waiting for kick-off, why not visit for some excellent articles.  Alan Biggs’s piece on the match officials relationships with Roy Keane (beard or no beard !) is one of the highlights which features comment by former Premiership referee Mark Halsey.

RCT at 2014-10-12 14:39:17

Will Andy Madley be using some Ossett common sense in keeping a lid on this game, it will probably be “muck and nettles football” as it’s known in Yorkshire ….

RCT at 2014-10-12 14:36:17

Interestingly, Yorkshireman Andy Madley is in charge today, supported by Martin Coy and Richard Wigglesworth – with the experienced Paul Tierney, who has refereed some Premiership games this season.


RCT at 2014-10-12 14:33:35

Welcome to our coverage of Barnsley v Bradford City – a good old fashioned Yorkshire Derby