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Men In Black -v-Doncaster Rovers
Men In Black -v-Doncaster Rovers
Tuesday, 22nd Feb 2011 04:04

Tonight's referee is named as Mansfield's Russel Booth. This will be his first contact with either Norwich City or Doncaster Rovers this season.

With just 18 games so far this season, Booth has booked 41 players, and sent three off. Although, in his last game involving Norwich City, he sent Darel Russell off in the League One match at home against Southampton.

Seemingly, a man oF few words, this is his profile interview for Ref World.

Started refereeing in 1984 in Mansfield and progressed to the National List of assistant Referees in 1998. After only one season promoted to the SG of assistant referees until he reached the National List of referees in 2004. Refereed FL Play Off semi final in 2007, and was 4th Official at the League 2 Play Off Final at Wembley. Spare time activities include cricket, gardening and coaching children’s’ football.

How did you get introduced into refereeing?

As a player I didn’t want to play Saturday and Sundays but I still wanted to be part of the game

What has been the highlight of your career so far? 

4th Official at Wembley in the 2007 league 2 play off final

What is the best game you have officiated and why?

West Brom v Derby County in December 2nd 2006 as it was a great game and it kick started a great season for me.

 What are your aims as a National List Referee?

To become a select group Referee and Referee a major Final

What skills do you think you need to become a referee? 

Man Management of people and some sort of playing experience.

Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why? 

My Coach Trevor Simpson as he has always been honest with me and as helped me improve my own game.

In your opinion who is/was the best referee? 

That’s a difficult question as we have so many quality officials but I would probably go for Alan Wiley as he is low profile and never gets mixed up in controversy.

Booth will be assisted by London's Dave Bushell and Bedfordshire's Matthews McLaughlin.

The fourth official is John Hopkins from Essex.

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