Every football fan’s favourite ref, Andy D’Urso, is the man in the middle for our Easter Monday’s important fixture at Ipswich.
Veteran D`Urso, now aged 50, was promoted to the Football League 20 years ago in 1994. In 1999 he took the next step on the referee ladder by moving into the Premier League, where in 2001 he was nominated for FIFA status and took charge of his first full international in May 2004 between the Republic of Ireland and Nigeria. However D’Urso will best be remembered for being chased all around Old Trafford in 2000, by 6 Man United bullies after having the temerity of awarding a penalty against the home team.
However, he was eventually dropped from the Select Group Officials` pool in 2006 after seven-years in the Premier League, and returned back to ply his trade in the Football League.
There have been too many matches to recount involving D’Urso, but some of our fans however may remember our home clash against Wigan in Sept 1998 when he booked 8 and showed 1 red. Also versus Donny in Feb 2008 when 5 yellows and 1 red were brandished.
So far this season D’Urso has reffed 33 games, including 14 Championship matches and has issued 98 yellows and a very high red card card count of 9. Both ourselves and Ipswich have already had D’Urso this season, as he was in the middle for our Championship debut against Charlton and and for Ipswich’s fixture at home to Barnsley.
This may well be D’Urso’s last season, so if it is then let’s hope he has a good game and keeps his cards in his pocket.
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