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Foy Ref`s Battle Of The R`s

Chris Foy from Merseyside will take charge of QPR`s crucial away trip to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday evening.

45 year old Mr Foy has had experience at all levels of the football league, notably promoted to the Premier League list in 2001.

Foy had refereed the R`s on numerous occasions which began back in 1997/98 where he refereed three Rangers games in his first full season as a Football League official.

Mr Foy saw Rangers pick up a narrow win at Gresty Road as early goals from Danny Maddix and John Spencer were added to by Trevor Sinclair, Crewe fought back through Kenny Lunt and Dele Adebola, but it was to no avail.

In February 1998 Mr Foy saw current Rangers boss Iain Dowie hand the R`s the lead against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthornes, only to be pegged back by prolific striker Lee Hughes, while what was to become a familiar face handed Bradford the lead at Valley Parade. Rob Steiner scored for the Bantams prior to his move to W12, with Kevin Gallen netting the equaliser.

Mr Foy gave Iain Baraclough his marching order in the following season as he gave away a penalty, which Rangers nemesis Kevin Phillips duly dispatched. Later that season Mr Foy presided over another disappointing 1-0 defeat this time at the hands of Grimsby Town - Jack Lester netting for the Mariners on that occasion.

Quick-fire strikes from Stuart Wardley and Chris Kiwomya set the R`s up for a 2-1 win over Walsall at Loftus Road, striker Michael Ricketts reduced the arrears shortly before half time while Mr Foy also saw the R`s win well at Fratton Park. Kevin Gallen netted what he thought was a last minute winner, before Andy Myers put the game beyond doubt in a 3-1 win for Rangers.

In Rangers relegation season of 2000/01, Mr Foy presided over one Rangers game - the 1-1 draw away at Sheffield United Sammy Koejoe`s second half equaliser cancelled out and earlier effort by Blades` Shaun Murphy.

Once Rangers slipped through the trap door Mr Foy refereed only one game in the 2001/02 season, where Rangers held high-flying Brentford to a goal-less draw on the final day of the season. Brentford went on to lose the play-off final against Stoke City.

It was a whole season before the R`s saw Mr Foy once more as he took charge of Rangers final home game of the season against Swindon Town, with Martin Rowlands` strike leaving things poised perfectly for Hillsborough glory.

With Mr Foy`s Premier League commitments, it was rare to see him refereeing Rangers, but he did return to W12 to see the R`s lose 1-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Michael Kightly netting the winning goal early in the second period.

Luigi De Canio`s Rangers caused an upset by steam-rolling Watford at Vicarage Road, being three goals up in the first half with Martin Rowlands hitting a brace - Akos Buzsaky dispelling the anxiety to finish the game 4-2.

This season Mr Foy has already caused controversy, choosing to disallow a penalty kick he`d previously given on the advice of his linesman - despite it being the correct decision. The teams concerned were Derby County and Sheffield United, and this is how Vital Derby saw the incident:

"TV replays showed the ball did hit his hand, but it wasn`t intentional, but if referee Chris Foy had disallowed the goal he wouldn`t have got out of Pride Park alive after he amazingly awarded a penalty after Hulse was brought down by Matthew Kilgallon and changed his mind after discussion with his assistant. Again replays showed the Blades defender didn`t take the ball and caught Hulse with his trailing leg."

So far this season in 8 games, Mr Foy has handed out 33 yellow cards but no reds. Chris Foy averages 4.125 yellows a game this season.

Mr Foy & Queens Park Rangers

Crewe Alexandra 2-3 QPR - 20th September 1997
Goals: Kenny Lunt 53, Dele Adebola 76; John Spencer 4, Danny Maddix 8, Trevor Sinclair 47.
Booked: Kenny Lunt

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 QPR - 14th February 1998.
Goals: Lee Hughes 75; Iain Dowie 26.
Booked: Lee Hughes, Shaun Murphy; Iain Dowie, Mark Kennedy.

Bradford City 1-1 QPR - 19th April 1998.
Goals: Rob Steiner 18; Kevin Gallen 48.
Booked: Wayne Jacobs, James Lawrence; George Kulcsar, Karl Ready.

Sunderland 1-0 QPR - 8th August 1998.
Goals: Kevin Phillips 75pen.
Booked: Andy Scott; Gavin Peacock, Keith Rowland.
Sent Off: Iain Baraclough

Grimsby Town 1-0 QPR - 13th April 1999.
Goals: Jack Lester 72
Booked: George Kulcsar.

QPR 2-1 Walsall - 20th November 1999.
Goals: Stewart Wardley 30, Chris Kiwomya 33; Michael Ricketts 41.
Booked: Richard Langley, Keith Rowland; Ian Roper, Adrian Viveash.

Portsmouth 1-3 QPR - 7th May 2000.
Goals: Rory Allen 53; Richard Langley 30, Kevin Gallen 88, Andy Myers 89og.
Booked: Lee Bradbury; Paul Bruce, Richard Langley.

Sheffield United 1-1 QPR - 30th September 2000.
Goals: Shaun Murphy 36; Sammy Koejoe 52.
Booked: Michael Ford; Richard Langley, Danny Maddix.

QPR 0-0 Brentford - 13th April 2002.
Goals: None
Booked: Richard Langley; Ben Burgess, Mark McCammon, Martin Rowlands, Stephen Hunt.

QPR 1-0 Swindon Town - 1st May 2004.
Goals: Martin Rowlands 2.
Booked: Martin Rowlands; Andrew Gurney, Brian Howard.

QPR 0-1 Wolves - 16th February 2006.
Goals: Michael Kightly 49
Booked: Jay Bothroyd, Gary Breen.

Watford 2-4 QPR - 29th December 2007.
Goals: Damien Francis 52, Danny Shittu 84; Martin Rowlands 13pen, 40, Damion Stewart 29, Akos Buzsaky 80.
Booked: Lloyd Doyley, Tommy Smith; Chris Barker, Marc Nygaard.

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Date:Thursday October 23 2008

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Hope that's comprehensive enough for folk, it took me years....! That was an awful decision against Derby County - the linesman totally bottled saying anything it was only the Sheff Utd players that cajoled the ref into speaking with him. Perenial bottler!
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