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Eltringham in charge of West Brom midweeker - Referee
Monday, 4th Mar 2024 16:02 by Clive Whittingham

Geoff Eltringham, with whom QPR have a heavy losing record, is the man in the middle for Wednesday night’s televised home game with West Brom.

Referee >>> Geoff Eltringham (County Durham), QPR’s win at Blackburn was one of only three in 18 appointments with this referee and the first in ten attempts.

Assistants >>> Shaun Hudson (Tyne and Wear) and Greg Read (Surrey)

Fourth Official >>> Josh Smith (Lincolnshire)


Blackburn 1 QPR 2, Saturday February 3, 2024, Championship

Armstrong was harshly adjudged to have fouled his man on the half-way line, and the quickly taken free-kick was immediately played forwards to Szmodics who drilled the ball in low and hard for Gallagher who was racing for the near post… Cook just managed to get a foot on the ball as he hacked it clear to the edge of the box, but it fell to Costello who’s scuffed first time effort bounced up into the air, and he won the second ball ahead of Colback, to leave our perennial pain in the arse Sam Gallagher to fire through Begovic and bring them right back into the game.

Blackburn: Pears 5; Rankin-Costello 6, Hyam 6, Wharton 5, Chrisene 5; Dolan 6 (Ayari 67, 5), Tronstad 5, Moran 5, Sigurdsson 5 (Markanday 67, 6); Szmodics 5 (Telalovic 85, -), Gallagher 6

Subs not used: O’Riordan, Wahlstedt, Koumetio, Fleck, Garrett, McFadzean

Goals: Gallagher 73 (unassisted)

Bookings: Tronstad 39 (foul), Ayari 90+9 (foul)

QPR: Begovic 6; Cannon 7, Cook 7, Clarke-Salter 7, Paal 6 (Larkeche 79, 6); Colback 7, Dixon-Bonner 6 (Hayden 57, 7); Willock 5 (Smyth 57, 6), Dykes 5 (Hodge 57, 7), Chair 8; Armstrong 5 (Frey 77, 5)

Subs not used: Dunne, Archer, Fox, Drewe

Goals: Pears own goal 61 (assisted Chair), Hodge 64 (assisted Armstrong)

Bookings: Armstrong 41 (foul), Dixon-Bonner 54 (foul), Begovic 90+4 (time wasting)

Referee – Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 5 Absolutely fine, as he always is, for the first hour, and then seemed to take against QPR aggressively. Why Sinclair Armstrong would go down unless he’d been fouled when played clean through on goal I don’t know, that was somehow given as a foul the other way from which Blackburn scored their goal. They almost scored a second soon after when Paul Smyth had pretty obviously been fouled in the build up too. The ten minutes added time was a throwback to the start of the season before the PGMOL abandoned its latest pre-season clampdown. Ten minutes here but only five last week against Huddersfield after all their time wasting? Do me a favour.

QPR 0 Bristol City 0, Saturday November 11, 2023, Championship

It could have been a win regardless had a second half penalty appeal gone our way. Armstrong burst into the area with the pace and power we know all about, went up against with Zak Vyner and hit the deck. The Loft appealed long and loud, Geoff Eltringham shook his head.

It’s a pretty good test case for why VAR was never going to work and never will. From the Ellerslie Road side of the ground, and the main camera angle, it looks a penalty. Friends we had watching via the stream were alive on the WhatsApp groups straight away saying they thought it was. From the South Africa Road side it didn’t look one at all, and not a single one of us in the group at the front of F Block thought it was – Sinclair about as subtle as a brick in looking and waiting for contact and then hitting the deck as soon as he felt it.

My frustration comes more from an earlier decision where Smyth was chasing a bouncing ball in behind the panicked Pring, the defender hit the deck under the most meagre of touches – certainly less of a foul than the alleged contact on Armstrong – and was given a free kick immediately. A linesman, standing ten yards away and looking right at it, signalled nothing. Smyth was booked for dissent. Armstrong himself has been penalised in similar circumstances, for far less contact than he suffered in this incident, previously this season – notably when through on goal at Southampton. That lack of consistency is infuriating, but I didn’t think it was a penalty and I’m delighted Cifuentes turned down the opportunities to boot off about it in post-match.

We are too often driven by excuses, too quick to point to refereeing decisions, financial restrictions, FFP rules and the like, to blame and cover up for our own failings. If we’re waiting for a good Championship referee to turn up we’ll be waiting a long time. We didn’t win on Saturday because our attack is crap, not because of the referee. Sinclair could easily have stayed on his feet and crossed the ball, he was looking to go down. It was a 50/50 call that went against us, just as Bristol City’s own shout for a handball when Paal fell on the ball in the area at the other end went against them.

You’ve got to know your referees. Eltringham, in general, waves play-on through most things. Early in this game Jack Colback’s latest bad tackle, which would have brought a yellow from every other referee in the league and maybe more from some of them, was let off with a word on the run – there were two or three like that from either side in the first 15 minutes. In stoppage time Andre Dozzell laid on the floor trying to get the play stopped and Eltringham ignored him – lo and behold, 30 seconds later, when he realised the referee wasn’t buying it, he got up and sprinted after the ball. That’s on us, and him, not the referee. In general, I prefer games to be refereed the way this guy does them. Far fewer players would dive or pretend they’re injured if everybody treated such incidents with this level of deserved disdain. I’d also prefer to go with what he thinks on one viewing than spend five minutes poring over video that nobody will ever agree on anyway. And I was comfortable with a penalty not being awarded in this instance.

QPR: Begovic 6; Kakay 7, Cook 6, Dunne 6, Paal 7; Colback 5 (Richards 82, -), Dozzell 5, Field 6; Smyth 7 (Dixon-Bonner 82, -), Dykes 4 (Armstrong 74, 6), Willock 6 (Kelman 90+1, -)

Subs not used: Archer, Larkeche, Duke-McKenna, Drewe

Bookings: Smyth 63 (dissent), Field 67 (fight)

Bristol City: O’Leary 6; Tanner 6, Vyner 6, Dickie 7, Pring 4; James 6, Knight 7; Sykes 6, Weimann 5, (Gardner-Hickman 60, 6) Mehmeti 5 (Bell 60, 6); Conway 5 (Cornick 72, 6)

Subs not used: Naismith, Bajic, Knight-Label, Yeboah, James

Bookings: Pring 59 (foul), Knight 67 (fight)

Referee – Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 7 And I guess this one also comes down to whether you think the challenge on Armstrong warrants a penalty or not, and your more general preference for how games are refereed. Compared to the foul given against Smyth, after which he was booked for his protests, then of course it’s a penalty all day long, but that aside I didn’t think it was, nor the Paal one at the other end. There were some early challenges in the game, particularly from Colback, that could easily have brought yellow cards. We saw in the Sunderland game that letting stuff like that go can occasionally put a referee in a difficult position of inviting ever stronger and stronger fouls until the game blows up on him – but, in general, I do prefer this style and approach. He’ll never get anywhere with it, the assessors hate it, but I’d far rather come to this guy’s game than, say, James Bell, who’s currently being fast tracked through the divisions past experienced guys like this as reward for his brand of extreme, aggressive, vindictive pedantry. The Dozzell incident at the end sums it up – laid on the ground, apparently mortally wounded, wanting the game stopped while Bristol City launch an attack to potentially win the game against ten men. When he realises the referee isn’t buying it, he gets up and sprints after the ball. Wouldn’t you know it, nothing wrong with him after all. There’d be a lot less cheating, gamesmanship and play acting if games were refereed like this more often.

QPR 0 Ipswich 1, Saturday August 19, 2023, Championship

QPR, though, were, relatively speaking, at it. Vaclav Hladky was dissuaded of the notion he’d be allowed to fanny about on the ball for long periods of time by Sinclair Armstrong booting him high up into the air after six minutes. Heard about your Blockbusters, you’ll need more than that tonight. Referee Geoff Eltringham, as referee Geoff Eltringham is wont to do, granted a motion to declare a writ of Boys Will Be Boys and kept the cards in his pocket. Soon Armstrong was ruining Dancien’s afternoon – bashing him about, taking the ball from him, turning him, outpacing him – and then unleashing a ferocious drive, across the goal, off the inside of the far post, right along the line, off the inside of the near post, and back out into play. Fuck me dead.

QPR: Begovic 6; Kakay 5, Cook 6, Fox 5; Smyth 7, Dozzell 5 (Duke-McKenna 90+3, -), Field 6 (Dixon-Bonner 67, 5), Paal 6; Willock 6 (Colback 46, 6), Chair 6, Armstrong 7 (Kolli 65, 6)

Subs not used: Walsh, Richards, Larkeche, Gubbins, Adomah

Bookings: Smyth 19 (foul), Chair 50 (failing to retreat/being a knob), Field 55 (kamikaze mission), Colback 90+8 (repetitive fouling)

Ipswich: Hladky 8; Donacien 5 (Clarke 37, 6), Woolfenden 6, Burgess 6, Davis 6; Morsy 7, Luongo 7; Burns 5 (Jackson 82, -), Chaplin 7 (Harness 90+2, -), Broadhead 6 (Hutchinson 82, -); Hirst 6 (Ladapo 90+2, -)

Subs not used: Ball, Slicker, Taylor

Goals: Chaplin 75 (unassisted)

Bookings: Luongo 21 (we’ve seen that before)

Referee – Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 8 Agh, botched the stoppage time. Seven minutes added, of which Ipswich deliberately pissed away the first three making needlessly prolonged, convoluted, clock running substitutions. Under the protocol this season we’re told to expect that seven to become ten in those circumstances. Not that we’d have scored, baggage that we were, unless Ilias had another 60 yarder in him, but it was annoying all the same. Annoying, too, because it would have been nice to give a referee a 9/10, and say as we often do with this guy that this is how it should be done. Couple of very mediocre penalty appeals from either side rightly laughed off. Cards, caution, common sense, advantage, calmly used in the proper proportions. We never win with him (2-3-11 from 16) but, at this level, you won’t find many better.

QPR 0 Preston 2, Friday April 7, 2023, Championship

QPR: Dieng 5; Laird 3 (Adomah 67, 3), Dickie 3, Balogun 2, Dunne 2, Paal 3 (Lowe 67, 3); Johansen 2 (Amos 74, 3), Field 3; Chair 3, Willock 3, Dykes 4 (Martin 80, -)

Subs not used: Archer, Dozzell, somebody called Richards it says here

PNE: Woodman N/A, Storey 6, Lindsay 6, Hughes 6; Potts 6, Browne 7 (Onomah 45+2, 7), Johnson 7 (Ledson 88, -), Whiteman 8, Brady 7 (Fernandez 80, -); Cannon 8, Parrott 6 (Woodburn 80, -)

Subs not used: Diaby, Cornell, Slater

Goals: Cannon 59 (assisted Brady), 63 (assisted Onomah)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 7 Crowd got a bit aggy with him at times, so you guys will probably disagree with me, but I’d always much rather games were refereed like this. Even got a yellow card out for a time wasting goalkeeper early enough in the game for it to make some difference which I love — though why on earth Woodman felt the need to do that I’ve no idea, wouldn’t have scored if we were still there now.

Huddersfield 1 QPR 1, Saturday February 4, 2023, Championship

What we should have got was a second goal, clearly here for the taking with the home crowd now in open revolt against their own team, and manager Mark Fotheringham left to applaud the intention of oh so many balls out from the back that sailed straight into touch. What we did instead was concede a foul so blatant and dumb on the corner of the penalty box that even Geoff Eltringham thought it was worth a yellow card — Rangers had been fortunate on three previous occasions that it was this referee in charge, any other in the league would have booked at least Clarke-Salter and Johansen for deliberate fouls before this — giving Huddersefield a dangerous free kick. Ilias Chair joined the defensive line-up to make it a three-and-a-half man wall which horny show-off Joseph Hungbo was able to beat with some ease. Seny Dieng saw it all the way, but got himself in an awful mess trying to execute some elaborate camera save up in the top corner and from a rebound that never should have existed Ollie Turton nodded down for Martyn Waghorn to score his first goal for the club into the empty net from a foot away. QPR, having failed to react at all to the loose ball, stood en masse and appealed for an offside that never came — this seems to be our prime defensive tactic at the moment.

Huddersfield: Vaclik 5; Turton 6, Lees 5, Helik 5 (Pearson 79, 5), Lowton 3; High 4 (Koroma 63, 6), Hogg 4 (Knockaert 64, 5), Kasumu 5; Hungbo 6 (Diarra 70, 6), Waghorn 6 (Rhodes 63, 5), Rudoni 5

Subs not used: Bilokapic, Headley

Goals: Waghorn 39 (assisted Turton)

Bookings: Hogg 41 (foul), Rudoni 90+4 (foul)

QPR: Dieng 4; Laird 4, Dunne 5, Clarke-Salter 5, Paal 5; Dozzell 4 (Armstrong 66, 4), Field 6, Johansen 6 (Iroegbunam 76, 5); Chair 5, Willock 5 (Adomah 66, 4), Lowe 6

Subs not used: Kakay, Dickie, Amos, Archer

Goals: Lowe 16 (unassisted)

Bookings: Clarke-Salter 37 (foul), Adomah 72 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 7 Let a hell of a lot go, as he does. Clarke-Salter and Johansen would both have been booked by any other referee in the league for their deliberate fouls to interrupt counter attacks in the first half. But isn’t it amazing how the play-acting and injury feigning dries up when a referee just ignores it and plays on through everything? I’ll take his style over everybody else’s.

Reading 3 QPR 3, Saturday September 11, 2021, Championship

Andre Gray came on for a debut from the bench, and made a difference in attack immediately. Adomah’s introduction to the right side, along with a change in formation, cured the problems Odubajo had been creating for the attack instantly. His pesky insistence on fetching the ball and handing it to opponents, coupled with referee Geoff Eltringham breaking the Championship norm and finally issuing a yellow card for time wasting at a point where it made some difference, kept the tempo higher than Reading would have liked. With the ball he started to torture home debutant Baba Rahman. Every time Adomah got the ball, it was a problem for the hosts. Sometimes he tricked his man and went right to the byline, sometimes he took him infield, sometimes he crossed early, and sometimes he delayed. The uncertainty this created, rather than the safe knowledge that Odubajo will cut inside each time, was not coped with well, and whether the ball came promptly or later in the move, it was right every time. One flashed through the box without a touch, another was converted by Gray to halve the deficit with plenty of time remaining and you felt the confidence and energy drain from the home team and crowd as soon as it hit the net. You’d question why Reading only made one sub of their own given this obvious switch in momentum, though overworked match reporters are grateful Kelvin Ehibhationham was left in the stand.

Reading: Cabral 5; Yiadom 7, Morrison 5, Moore 6, Baba 5; Bashiru 7, Laurent 6; Halilovic 7, Swift 9, Ejaria 7; Puscas 4 (Holmes 83, -)

Subs not used: Tetek, Southwood, Hoilett, Clarke, Bristow, Ehibhationham

Goals: Swift 35 (assisted Halilovic), 64 (assisted Bashiru), 77 (assisted Moore)

Yellow cards: Cabral 82 (time wasting), Morrison 87 (foul)

QPR: Dieng 6; Odubajo 5, Dickie 6, De Wijs 6, Barbet 6, McCallum 5 (Adomah 72, 8); Ball 5 (Thomas 87, -), Johansen 7, Chair 6; Willock 7, Austin 5 (Gray 66, 7)

Subs not used: Kakay, Archer, Dozzell, Dunne

Goals: Morrison own goal 11 (unassisted), Gray 79 (assisted Adomah), Johansen 90+1 (unassisted)

Bookings; Dickie 89 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 7 Very tricky one to mark here, and he’s been upped a mark for being the first Championship referee in literally months to take the quick, simple and easy route to nipping time wasting in the bud early — a yellow card for the goalkeeper while it still matters. He let a lot go, and mostly I thought he was right to do so, though a pull back on Willock in the first half certainly should have yielded a yellow card. Ilias Chair was fuming with one tackle on him, and the QPR players were pointing at the mark it left on his shin, but I have to say at the time, at normal speed, I thought it looked ok, particularly this year when referees are being encouraged to play on through as much as possible. The leniency did seem to weirdly dry up when it came to Ejaria mind, who was able to buy a job lot of cheap free kicks at a discounted price. Overall, ok.

Wigan 1 QPR 0, Wednesday July 8, 2020, Championship

Wigan had more muscle on their left back than QPR did in their entire team. Antonee Robinson, he of failed January move to AC Milan fame, looked like he’d stepped off the set of the Old Spice advert. Look at your left back, now back to me, now back at your left back, now back to me. An oyster shell containing two tickets to that thing you love — look again, the tickets are now a dangerous cross into your penalty box.

He actually started the second half with a strange incident, thrusting an arm high up into the air and seemingly, apparently, fairly blatantly, blocking Bright Osayi-Samuel’s cross with his hand. He immediately hit the deck clutching his face, but there was a touch of the Steven Taylor’s about it for me. Minimal appeals from the QPR players, but we’re nice boys like that, and a linesman looking straight at it seemed unmoved as well, though Championship linesmen are often incompetent like that. The division’s best referee Geoff Eltringham said no and our emotionally affected match director, mourning the dismal marks from his fine art degree and now left to scratch a living by stringing together abstract slow motion replays of nothing very much at all and lingering close ups of Championship footballers while THE FUCKING MATCH IS GOING ON OVER THERE, afforded us only one second look, taken from ground level, from the opposite corner flag, filmed through the goal net. So he could have caught the ball for all I know. Anyway, you fancy us to score a penalty playing like this?

Wigan: Marshall 6; Byrne 7, Kipre 7, Fox 6, Robinson 7; Morsy 6, Williams 7; Naismith 6 (Massey 80, -), Dowell 7 (Evans 63, 6), Lowe 7; Moore 6

Subs not used: MacLeod, Pearce, Roberts, Jones, Dobre, Mlakar, Gelhardt

Goals: Moore 33 (assisted Morsy)

Bookings: Williams 63 (foul)

QPR: Lumley 6; Kakay 5, Cameron 3, Barbet 4; Kane 4 (Clarke 57, 6), Manning 4; Ball 4 (Amos 46, 4), Eze 5, Chair 5 (Bettache 80, -); Oteh 4 (Shodipo 57, 6), Osayi-Samuel 6

Subs not used: Rangel, Masterson, Kelly, Gubbins

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 7 Usual calm, authoritative control of the game with minimal errors and few complaints other than the failure to clamp down on some pretty blatant time wasting in the second half — to be fair no Championship referee does this adequately, and QPR wouldn’t have scored if he’d added another ice age onto the end of the game so it didn’t really matter. The big incident was the Robinson handball, which looked absolutely nailed on to me at first glance but there were few appeals and the linesman was looking straight at it. Thanks to now being at the mercy of match streams, and with last night’s game overseen by a director with a fetish for long lingering close-ups on players and replays of nothing very much at all while the match is going on, I’ve barely seen it back so who knows?

Leeds 2 QPR 0, Saturday November 2, 2019, Championship

Leeds went through the motions and won the game at about 60% of their best. Klich sidefooted their first chance over after ten minutes when well placed to do better, and was then later booked by the always excellent Geoff Eltringham for tripping Ebere Eze after being tricked. Luke Ayling headed a free kick over the bar, Stuart Dallas drew a functional save from Liam Kelly, Patrick Bamford waltzed around the goalkeeper and still didn’t score — partly because that’s what Patrick Bamford does at the moment, and partly because Lee Wallace produced the tackle of the season to deny him a walk in. When “Bam Bam” did find the net in the second half it was disallowed for offside — because that’s where Patrick Bamford tends to stand, on the occasions he is upright.

The rain fell, the scarves twirled, the fictitious European Cup success was celebrated, and Pablo Hernandez made his return from injury for the final 13 minutes but could only lift a very dangerous late free kick over the bar. When Eltringham played a super advantage through a deliberate assault on the game’s star player Phillips in injury time, Liam Kelly beat away the resulting shot from Roberts to stop it going to three nil.

Leeds: Casilla 6; Ayling 6, Cooper 6, White 7, Dallas 6; Phillips 8, Klich 6; Harrison 7 (Davis 84, -), Roberts 7, Costa 5 (Hernandez 77, 5); Bamford 5

Subs not used: Meslier, Berardi, Gotts, Bogusz, Clarke

Goals Roberts 39 (assisted Harrison), Harrison 82 (assisted Pugh)

Bookings: Klich 22 (foul)

QPR: Kelly 6; Hall 6, Leistner 5 (Kane 54, 6), Wallace 6; Rangel 5, Ball 5, Chair 5 (Pugh 63, 5), Eze 6, Manning 6; Wells 5 (Mlakar 72, 5), Hugill 5

Subs not used: Lumley, Amos, Scowen, Osayi-Samuel

Bookings: Ball 70 (repetitive fouling), Wallace 79 (foul), Rangel 90+2 (foul), Hugill 90+3 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 8 Continuing a long line of impressive performances with his usual calm, authoritative, unfussy display. Scrupulously fair to both sides, which isn’t always easy in an atmosphere like this. Very welcome relief after sitting through Simpson and Woolmer’s nonsense last week.

QPR 0 West Brom 2, Saturday September 28, 2019, Championship

Worse was to come. Still in the game with six minutes to go and only a goal down, there was still the outside possibility of a grandstand finish and an equaliser being sucked in down at the Loft End. Bright Osayi-Samuel and Marc Pugh had been brought on for lacklustre Ebere Eze and Wells to search for it. But that plan went clean out of the window when one long punt down the field somehow caught the otherwise impressive Toni Leistner and Yoann Barbet too high and too square, allowing Bilic’s own second half replacement Hal Robson-Kanu a clear run on goal. He didn’t look particularly confident, and nor was Barbet’s subsequent collision and trip on him deliberate, but it was a clear free kick and obvious red card for referee Geoff Eltringham. Rangers then compounded this by building a wall with more holes than a tramp’s trainer through which Pereira was able to slide a second goal onto Lumley’s unsighted side. Cameron and Leistner the guilty parties this time. Stupid boys.

With that in mind, quite why West Brom felt the need to engage in various morally bankrupt time wasting techniques when they were bossing proceedings to his extent I have no idea. Nor really while Pereira blotted the copy book of an outstanding personal performance with a theatrical collapse to try and get Ryan Manning booked, then a patronising tickle of the Irishman’s chin on his way off after being subbed which sparked a needless flashpoint. Bilic clearly agreed, fishing the Brazilian back out of the dug out to apologise to the QPR coaching staff. Can’t help but like the fella, unless you’re French of course. Referee Geoff Eltringham, like every other Championship referee before him, allowed both to take place unchecked, and then added the standard four minutes at the end. It didn’t matter, one of those we wouldn’t have scored all night jobs, but second tier teams’ obsession with shithouse tactics and clock running and the point blank refusal of referees at this level to do anything about it festered last year and continues this.

QPR: Lumley 5; Cameron 5, Leistner 7, Barbet 6; Kane 5, Manning 6; Eze 5 (Osayi-Samuel 70, 5), Ball 6 (Smith 85, -), Chair 6; Hugill 5, Wells 5 (Pugh 77, 5)

Subs not used: Wallace, Scowen, Masterson, Kelly

Red Cards: Barbet 83 (denying clear goalscoring opportunity)

Bookings: Cameron 22 (foul), Barbet 34 (foul)

West Brom: Johnstone 6; Furlong 7, Ajayi 7, Bartley 7, Ferguson 8; Livermore 7, Sawyers 7; Phillips 7 (Edwards 71, 6), Pereira 8 (Krovinovic 87, -), Diangana 8; Austin 6 (Robson-Kanu 61, 6)

Subs not used: Gibbs, Zohore, Bond, O’Shea

Goals: Ferguson 53 (unassisted), Pereira 84 (direct free kick, won Robson-Kanu)

Bookings: Furlong 16 (foul), Robson-Kanu 89 (kicking ball away)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 6 I quite like him. I’ve seen him cop a fair bit of stick for yesterday but bar two throw in calls on the South Africa Road side of the ground in the second half which were clearly the wrong way I didn’t really have too much of a problem. The Barbet red card, the big decision in the game, was correct, as were the other yellow cards. Thought he was harsh on Toni Leistner a few times, penalising him for what looked like fair challenges on Robson-Kanu to me. I didn’t like the way he allowed Jake Livermore to follow him around for huge swathes of the first half giving a running commentary on the game, nor the complete lack of preventative action taken against Johnstone and others for flagrant time wasting in the second half, but they’re persistent failings of referees in that league not just a problem with this official. Marks off for all that but overall not too bad, unfussy, unobtrusive.

QPR 1 Bolton 2, Saturday March 30, 2019, Championship

QPR: Lumley 6; Rangel 5 (Smith 62, 5), Hall 3 (Leistner 49, 4), Lynch 3, Bidwell 4; Scowen 5, Luongo 5; Wszolek 5, Freeman 5, Osayi-Samuel 6; Hemed 3 (Wells 70, 6)

Subs not used: Ingram, Furlong, Cousins, Eze

Goals: Wells 81 (unassisted)

Bolton: Matthews 6; Olkowski 6, Wheater 6, Beavers 6, Taylor 6; Williams 7, Connolly 7; Ameobi 8 (Donaldson 89, -), Buckley 7 (Noone 80, -), O’Neil 7; Magennis 6

Subs not used: Alnwick, Little, Oztumer, Wilson, Connell

Goals: Buckley 35 (assisted Magennis), Connolly 71 (assisted Ameobi)

Bookings: Connolly 75 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 8 Continuing his excellent run of performances in QPR games with another calm, unfussy, unobtrusive display.

QPR 2 Leeds 1, Sunday January 6, 2019, FA Cup Third Round

Ebere Eze had already been taken out on the edge of the area for a free kick he struck into the wall when Bidwell then found himself turning beyond Davis in the area. He youngster, naively, hung out a leg, tripping Bidwell and conceding an obvious penalty. Rangers have only had one of these this season, scored by Tomer Hemed at Ipswich, and with the Israeli out injured there was some debate over who might take the responsibility. Eze had calmly put one in the top corner during a pre-season friendly with Union Berlin but it was Oteh, as striker, who insisted on being given the chance. He took four steps and gave it a good belt to make it 1-0. Lovely stuff — the confidence to take it, and then the complete lack of histrionics, posing, over-thinking or too-clever-for-your-own-good run up and taking technique that we see way too often these days. Just put the ball down and give it a smack. Wallop. Good lad.

The first of Ingram’s big saves came off a Grant Hall mistake. The odd slip was to be expected in Hall’s first 90 minutes since Princess Diana was still in leopard-print swim suits, and when it came it Roberts through on goal but Ingram came out, stayed big, slid under his man and took the ball. Referee Geoff Eltringham rightly siding with the keeper. Alert defending from the other centre half, Darnell Furlong moved infield for this one, averted disaster at the subsequent quickly taken corner - he looks an absolute natural in that position.

His second was better, 13 minutes from time as a corner to the back post fell the way of Harrison who struck goalwards only for Ingram to deny him. By then, the former Wycombe keeper was protecting a lead. Bidwell had been threatening from corners all afternoon with referee and Leeds pre-occupied with whatever Grant Hall was up to under Freeman’s deliveries. This time a firm header sailed into the bottom corner with nobody stationed on the back post.

The substitutions felt a little later than they could have been as usual — Ilias Chair, Pawel Wszolek and Matt Smith all brought on to run the clock down, Eze, Osayi-Samuel and Oteh given deserved ovations on the way off. But it was Rangers, and Freeman’s super-human levels of energy, that were posing the threats as time ran down — Eltringham returning to book Baker after he’d tried, and failed, to stop him bowling across halfway with pace and purpose once more. Four minutes of injury time sailed on by without incident.

QPR: Ingram 5; Kakay 6, Furlong 7, Hall 6, Bidwell 8; Scowen 7, Cousins 7; Osayi-Samuel 7 (Wszolek 86, -), Eze 6 (Smith 90, -), Freeman 8; Oteh 7 (Chair 83, -)

Subs not used: Lumley, Manning, Baptiste, Smyth

Goals: Oteh 23 (penalty, won Bidwell), Bidwell 75 (assisted Freeman)

Bookings: Furlong 72 (foul), Kakay 90+3 (dissent)

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell 7; Shackleton 6, Ayling 6, Halme 5 (Pearce 45, 5 (Temenuzhkovat 79, 5)) Davis 5 (Odour 87, -); Forshaw 7, Clarke 6; Baker 6, Roberts 7, Alioski 6; Harrison 6

Goals: Halme 25 (assisted Baker)

Subs not used: Huffer, Diaz, Stevens, Gotts

Bookings: Halme 20 (foul), Alioski 84 (repetitive fouling), Baker 88 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 8 Made an absolute howler in his last Leeds appointment against Forest before Christmas, allowing Roofe to punch in the equaliser, but he’s always seemed like a very good, calm, unfussy referee when we’ve had him and that was the case again here. The Alioski booking seemed a little harsh but I think was a culmination of fouls, dissent and twattery over a few minutes before hand. Penalty was the correct decision and it’s hard to think of much he got wrong.

Ipswich 0 QPR 2, Saturday October 20, 2018, Championship

QPR crawled all over Town in the first quarter of an hour and eventually, predictably, deservedly, forced their way into an inevitable lead. Hemed had already headed one corner over, and Wszolek drawn a save from home keeper Dean Gerken at a narrow angle after a bad back header, when Luke Freeman’s inswinging corner into a crowded six-yard box was inexplicably palmed into his own net by the goalkeeper. Few, if any, appeals for a foul by Eze who’d simply stood his ground — referee Geoff Eltringham didn’t strike me as a man who’d stand for such obvious nonsense even if there had been. Paul Hurst’s decision to cut the popular Polish keeper Bartosz BiaÅ‚kowski in favour of Gerken fast changing from a bold move into a coffin nail.

The only concern was that it was only 1-0 and Ipswich surely couldn’t be as bad again second half. As it turned out, they got worse still, but Rangers had already futureproofed their afternoon with a second goal in first half injury time. Again a Freeman corner caused the damage, this time falling to Eze whose feet were too quick for Nsiala (to be honest it’s hard to think of a land mammal whose movements wouldn’t be too quick for Nsiala) and he drew a clear and obvious foul in the area for a blatant penalty. Nice of referee Eltringham to check if an advantage would occur first at an end of the ground where one of the best QPR goals of the modern era was disallowed in favour of a spot kick being awarded instead back in 2010, but there were no complaints when he did eventually point to the spot. Hemed never looked like he was going to miss, the half time whistle sounded as the ball hit the net.

Ipswich: Gerken 4; Pennington 5, Nsiala 2, Chambers 4, Donacien 5; Edwards 6 (Lankester 66, 5), Skuse 5, Chalobah 5, Ward 4 (Jackson 66, 5); Dozzell 5, Sears 4

Subs not used: Knudsen, Nolan, Graham, Downes, Bialkowski

QPR: Lumley 6; Rangel 7, Leistner 7, Lynch 7, Bidwell 7; Luongo 7, Cameron 7; Wszolek 7, Eze 6 (Scowen 90, -), Freeman 7; Hemed 7 (Wells 72, 6)

Subs not used: Ingram, Hall, Cousins, Smith, Osayi-Samuel

Goals: Gerken 13 (own goal, assisted Freeman), Hemed 45+2 (penalty, won Eze)

Bookings: Lynch 53 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Durham) 9 Near faultless. Penalty decision correct, and not only correct but also made after he’d waited to see whether an advantage would develop instead at an end of the ground where Akos Buszaky once had the goal of all time scrubbed off and a penalty awarded instead. One card, totally justified, and a very calm, unobtrusive approach to the game overall. More like this please.

Hull City 4 QPR 0, Saturday April 7, 2018, Championship

The final indignity came in added time when our contract-stalling captain completely lost the plot. Scowen committed a foul near the halfway line and a Hull player retaliated, giving Scowen a gentle shove. Onuoha then charged across the field and rammed into the Hull playing sending him flying. As straight forward case of violent contact as you will ever see and the red card was rightly shown. We were 4-0 down in added for crying out loud. Did Onuoha think he was Joel Lynch on Christmas Eve? Three match ban.

QPR: Smithies 5; Furlong 5, Lynch 6 (Robinson 15, 5), Onuoha 5, Bidwell 5; Scowen 5, Freeman 6, Luongo 5; Wsolek 3 (Osayi-Samuel 67, 5), Manning 4 (Sylla 45, 5); Eze 5.

Subs not used: Ingram, Cousins, Baptiste, Smyth

Red Card: Onuoha 90+1 (violent conduct)

Bookings: Bidwell 30 (unsporting), Scowen 90+1 (foul)

Hull: McGregor, Aina, Dawson, Hector, Clark, Henriksen, Larrson, Bowen (Grosicki 52), Toral (Irvine 59), Wilson, Hernandez (Campbell 71)

Subs not used: Meyler, Marshall, Tomori, McDonald

Goals: Wilson 42 (assisted Hernandez), Smithies own goal 45 (assisted Hernandez), Grosicki 62 (assisted Wilson), Hernandez 69 (assisted Henriksen)

Bookings: Bowen 30 (unsporting), Irvine 81 (foul), Henriksen 90+1 (unsporting)

Referee G.Eltringham 8 No complaints at all. Another solid display from a reliable official. Didn't let home fans and players intimidate him, getting all major calls right. Although a special mention to assistant nearest us, who gave a foul to Hull when Sylla was pushed in the back- a truly remarkable decision.

Wolves 2 QPR 1, Saturday February 10, 2018, Championship

The second half brought another important change with Smith coming on to replace the hapless Cousins. What have we done to this promising player? Injuries and an obvious lack of confidence have resulted in Cousins being a shadow of the man that had looked so good for Charlton. His only impact in the first half had been to flatten an opponent and receive a caution. Lynch was also shown yellow for a typical Lynch challenge.

The referee only gave us two minutes of added time to find an equaliser, when do you ever see less than three? But one final chance was created. From another corner the ball broke to Scowen on the edge of the box and he nailed a low drive which fizzed the wrong side of the post. How wide? We couldn’t tell but there would’ve been carnage in the away end if it had been the other side of the upright.

Wolves: Ruddy 5, Bennett 6, Coady 7, Boly 7,Doherty 7, N’Diaye 6, Neves 6,Douglas 7,Costa 7 (Gibbs-White), Jota 7 Cavaleiro 7( Afobe)

Subs not used: Batth, Vicente, Miranda, Vinagre, Norris

Goals: N’Diaye 12 (assisted Cavaleiro), Costa 21 (assisted Cavaleiro)

QPR: Smithies 6, Perch 2 (Eze 7), Onuoha 6, Lynch 6, Robinson 7, Cousins 3 (Smith 6), Robinson 7, Scowen 7, Bidwell 5, Freeman 5, Washington 6

Subs not used: Ingram, Baptiste, Chair, Osayi-Samuel, Oteh

Goals: Washington 51 (assisted Smith)

Bookings: Lynch 40 (foul), Cousins 45+2 (foul), Freeman 61 (foul)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham 8 Another good one. He looked a little eager to give easy fouls early on every time a Wolves player started rolling around but he grew into the game, allowing it to flow. In fact he was hardly noticeable for most of the match; always a good sign.

Barnsley 1 QPR 1, Tuesday September 26, 2017, Championship

Wszolek was presented with a gilt edge chance as time began to ebb away but his strike from 8 yards out, with the whole goal to aim at, was laughable; but we weren’t smiling. We also had claims for a penalty which didn’t interest the officials. I thought at the time it would‘ve been a harsh award and certainly wouldn’t want given against us for that kind of challenge, but it did fall under “you’ve seen them given” category. We were clutching at straws by this time. Smith came on to replace Caulker and Mackie was then replaced by the infuriating Lua Lua whose only notable contribution was to throw himself flamboyantly, forward to the ground after having his shirt tugged backwards. Think Ashley Young and Shaun Derry and you’ll get the picture. I’m glad the referee waved him away even though it was a foul. Can’t shoot, can’t cross and can’t beat a man- what is he doing taking a spot in our squad? I would pick Wheeler every time ahead of this theatrical, non-entity.

Rangers had been awful in the final third, Mackie was really isolated and easily handled. One up front against a bang ordinary side was a mistake. We needed bodies in the box to support and good delivery of the ball; we had neither. Osayi-Samuel was frustrating on the ball and subsequently replaced at half time, and on the other side Wszolek had one of his regular annoying performances where he loses possession far too easily. Caulker was booked for a cynical but necessary foul after being caught on the wrong side of his man and Luongo was booked for something, but no-one around me had a clue what for. It looked like a non-league game (bar the goal) but at £30 a ticket, a very over-priced one.

Barnsley: Davies; McCarthy, Jackson, Lindsay, Freyers; Williams, Hammill, Moncur (McGeehan 71), Potts (Hedges 80); Barnes (Bradshaw 45), Ugbo

Subs not used: MacDonald, Townsend, Pearson, Thiam

Goals: Barnes 20 (unassisted)

Bookings: Williams 49 (foul)

QPR: Smithies 7; Baptiste 7, Caulker 6 (Smith 74, 5), Robinson 7, Bidwell 7; Luongo 6, Scowen 7, Freeman 7; Wszolek 4, Mackie 5 (Lua Lua 74, 5), Osayi-Samuel 4 (Washington 46, 5)

Subs not used: Lynch, Manning, Lumley, Wheeler

Goals: Freeman 86 (unassisted)

Bookings: Caulker 23 (foul), Luongo 39 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham) 8 This guy has good ratings on LFW and I can see why. Unfussy, good positioning and lets the game flow. Even when he gave decisions against the hosts the home fans seemed to accept his calls- very unusual. Loved the way he treated Lua Lua and happy to accept the non-award of the penalty. A good official, happy to see him in the middle again.

Derby County 1 QPR 0, Friday March 31, 2017, Championship

A tough night for Furlong should have been capped with a booking for an off the ball shove on Russell with a quarter of an hour to go. Shortly afterwards he was put out of his misery, replaced by Idrissa Sylla leading to a sort of lopsided 4-4-2 as Rangers went in search of an equaliser.

Geoff Eltringham did go to his pocket after a rash challenge from Freeman on Bradley Johnson. As great as Freeman has been to watch recently he is developing a bit of a propensity for poor challenges. Then again, if he had to chop anyone down…

Derby: Carson 6; Baird 7, Keogh 6, Pearce 6, Olsson 7; Ince 7 (Hughes 80, -), Johnson 6, Bryson 6, Russell 7, Vydra 7 (Anya 79, -); Nugent 6 (Bent 86, -)

Subs not used: Christie, Butterfield, Camara, Mitchell

Goals: Vydra 70 (unassisted)

QPR: Smithies 4; Furlong 4 (Sylla 76, -), Onuoha 6, Perch 5, Bidwell 5; Manning 5, Hall 6, Freeman 4; Wszolek 4 (Goss 59, 5), Smith 5 Washington 5 (Ngbakoto 69, -)

Subs not used: Mackie, Ingram, Robinson, Petrasso

Yellow Cards: Freeman 78 (foul)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Wearside) 7 Like all good Victorian schoolchildren he was seen and not heard. A fairly easy game to referee, he was probably a bit too shy to get his cards out - Furlong should definitely have gone into the book. No complaints overall.

QPR 1 Burton Albion 2, Saturday January 28, 2017, Championship

QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 5, Onuoha 4, Lynch 4, Bidwell 4 (Mackie 87, -); Doughty 4 (Manning 74, 6), Hall 6 (Washington 45, 6), Luongo 3; Wszolek 6, Lua Lua 5, Sylla 4

Subs not used: Ingram, Perch, Eze, Shodipo

Goals: Washington 63 (assisted Lua Lua)

Bookings: Luongo 86 (foul)

Burton: McLaughlin 6; Flanagan 6, Brayford — (Mousinho 3, 6), Turner 7; McCrory 6, Chirstensen 7 (Akins 74, 6), Irvine 8, Murphy 7, Palmer 6, Dyer 8; Sordell 6 (Woodrow 87, -)

Subs not used: Williamson, Bywater, Miller, Barker

Goals: Murphy 11 (assisted Dyer), Dyer 52 (assisted Christensen)

Bookings: Christensen 47 (foul), Irvine 79 (kicking ball away)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (County Durham) 8 As against Villa earlier in the season proved himself to be a friend of the time waster, but overall well refereed. Obvious caveat being QPR were about as strong and intense as church hall orange squash so it wasn’t exactly a tough one to keep hold of.

QPR 0 Aston Villa 1, Sunday December 18, 2016, Championship

Holloway was full of praise for his beaten side at full time. It could have been different had the recalled Pawel Wzsolek connected to a good through ball from Grant Hall, again pressed higher up the field into midfield, early in the first half. Later Wzsolek's cross that seemed destined to be headed in by Conor Washington in the six yard box was diverted away from him at the last minute. Washington had a penalty appeal given as a corner instead, referee Geoff Eltringham deeming the Villa man won the ball.

After quiet beginnings the visitors burst into the game on the half hour when Wzsolek got the wrong side of Kodija in the area and attempted to recover with a clumsy tackle that led to what looked at the time like an obvious penalty. Spot kick duly awarded but no need for panic as Smithies has saved 18 PKs (c Bob Bradley) in his career so far, including five for QPR while a sixth hit the post. Bananaman made light work of Kodija's needlessly poncey run up, diving left to save with relative ease. Perhaps with the former Huddersfield man keeping goal one defensive technique might be to start deliberately giving penalties away.

The final ten minutes were dominated by visiting goalkeeper Mark Bunn reaching new levels of cuntishness — allowing balls returned to him to roll past so he had to go and fetch them again, changing the side of every goal kick, pretending to be injured and basically engaging in clock running the likes of which I haven't seen since Paul Gerrard was keeping goal.

There's an obvious rule change that could help here — goal kicks must be taken from the side the ball goes out, same as corners, so keepers can't do this irritating walk to the opposite side of the six yard box. The rules as they are written should have seen Eltringham take action far, far sooner than a token yellow card for Bunn in injury time. But the most effective solution to this ball ache would have been a shot or two for Bunn to save. Equalise, and he'd have no advantage to protect.

Bunn behaved like an absolute prick, but he didn't have a save to make in the whole game. The easiest clean sheet of his career. In fact, it's getting hard to remember the last serious save made by a visiting keeper at Loftus Road. Eltringham added five minutes to the end of the game, Bunn's antics mean there should have been more, but QPR hadn't had a shot on target in the previous 95 minutes while Villa had tested Smithies seven times so it's a bit rich of them to be arguing the toss over not getting another 60 or 120 seconds.

QPR: Smithies 8; Perch 6, Onuoha 5, Lynch 5, Bidwell 5; Hall 6, Luongo 5, Chery 5 (Mackie 78, 6); Wzsolek 5 (Shodipo 62, 6), Washington 5 (Sylla 46, 6), Ngbakoto 5

Subs not used: Sandro, Borysiuk, Ingram, Polter

Bookings: Luongo 81 (foul)

Villa: Bunn 5; Hutton 6, Chester 6, Baker 6, Amavi 7; Adoma 6, Jedinak 7, Gardner 6 (Westwood 89, -), Bacuna 6; McCormack 5 (Agbonlahor 71, 5), Kodija 8 (Gestede 82, -)

Subs not used: Gollini, Elphick, Ayew, Grealish

Goals: Kodija 75 (assisted Hutton)

Bookings: Jedinak 43 (foul), Chester 63 (foul), Bunn 90+3 (time wasting)

Referee — Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham) 7 Odd one this, I came away thinking he'd got most of the stuff right. Villa's penalty was a penalty at first viewing, Washington's didn't look like one to me albeit from the other end of the ground. Should have clamped down on Bunn's antics a lot sooner, and Mackie did seem to be pushed in the back in that late incident, but that was about it. Lots, including those watching on TV, have said he was terrible and QPR should have had at least one pen.


So far this season 21 appointments for Eltringham which have yielded 89 yellows and two reds. He’s topped out at eight bookings in a single game, twice at Hull 1-2 Southampton and Leeds 1-1 Coventry. It’s his second West Brom game of the season after doing their 2-1 League Cup loss at Stoke way back in August.

Eltringham didn’t start last season until September 17, and that with a National League fixture, which suggests there was a period of injury recovery. He finished up with 85 yellows and six reds in 27 games, topped up substantially by a late blast of eight and two in Barnsley’s 2-1 home victory against Shrewsbury.

West Brom are 2-1-3 in six games with Eltringham. The win at Blackburn was only QPR’s third in 18 appointments with this referee and the first in ten attempts. QPR are 3-4-11 from 18.

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