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The Men in Black - Newcastle United v QPR

Chris Foy from Merseyside will take charge of Sunday's clash between Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers.

Foy became an official on the National List of referees in 1996 before his eventual promotion to the Select List in 2001

He has taken charge of Rangers countless times previously, with Rangers only falling foul of the opposition on a handful of occasions under his watchful eye.

Thus far this season he has taken charge of 17 games, dishing out 46 yellows and seven red cards - that gives him a card average of 3.18 cards per game.

Against Newcastle he will be assisted by William Smallwood (Cheshire) and Jake Collin (Merseyside), with the fourth official Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

Refereeing Rangers

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 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 Ian Baraclough his marching order in the following season as he gave away a penalty, which Rangers nemesis and then Sunderland forward 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 QPR 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 was cancelled out by an 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.

The next clash saw Foy take charge of the R's defeat 1-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Michael Kightly netting the winning goal early in the second period, while Luigi De Canio's Rangers caused an upset by steam-rolling Watford at Vicarage Road.

They were three goals up in the first half with Martin Rowlands hitting a brace - Akos Buzsaky dispelling the anxiety to finish the game at 4-2, it was a high point in a tumultuous season for QPR.

Gareth Ainsworth's first game in charge of Queens Park Rangers as they travelled to Reading. A battling display epitomised the caretaker boss as Rangers secured a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Foy's finest moment without question came at Loftus Road against Chelsea. All the big decisions he had correct in fairness despite the harsh nature of the punishment. David Luiz was naďve to send veteran Heidar Helguson tumbling in the area, the Icelandic international duly dispatching the opener.

Jose Bosingwa then had a fistful of Shaun Wright-Phillips' shirt, and as the last man was given his marching orders rightfully, before Didier Drogba was one of many to lose his cool in the hot-house atmosphere with a two-footed lunge on Adel Taarabt.

Rangers went on to win the game 1-0 and claim bragging rights over their enemy - and while Chelsea supporters point to Foy's performance, there can be little question that by the letter of the law he called the big decisions correctly.

Mr Foy & Queens Park Rangers

Crewe Alexandra 2-3 QPR - 20-09-1997
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 - 14-02-1998
Goals: Lee Hughes 75; Iain Dowie 26.
Booked: Lee Hughes, Shaun Murphy; Iain Dowie, Mark Kennedy.

Bradford City 1-1 QPR - 19-04-1998
Goals: Rob Steiner 18; Kevin Gallen 48.
Booked: Wayne Jacobs, James Lawrence; George Kulcsar, Karl Ready.

Sunderland 1-0 QPR - 08-08-1998
Goals: Kevin Phillips 75pen.
Booked: Andy Scott; Gavin Peacock, Keith Rowland.
Sent Off: Iain Baraclough

Grimsby Town 1-0 QPR - 13-04-1999
Goals: Jack Lester 72
Booked: George Kulcsar.

QPR 2-1 Walsall - 20-11-1999
Goals: Stewart Wardley 30, Chris Kiwomya 33; Michael Ricketts 41.
Booked: Richard Langley, Keith Rowland; Ian Roper, Adrian Viveash.

Portsmouth 1-3 QPR - 07-05-2000
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 - 30-09-2000
Goals: Shaun Murphy 36; Sammy Koejoe 52.
Booked: Michael Ford; Richard Langley, Danny Maddix.

QPR 0-0 Brentford - 13-04-2002
Goals: None
Booked: Richard Langley; Ben Burgess, Mark McCammon, Martin Rowlands, Stephen Hunt.

QPR 1-0 Swindon Town - 01-05-2004
Goals: Martin Rowlands 2.
Booked: Martin Rowlands; Andrew Gurney, Brian Howard.

QPR 0-1 Wolves - 16-02-2006
Goals: Michael Kightly 49
Booked: Jay Bothroyd, Gary Breen.

Watford 2-4 QPR - 29-12-2007
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.

Reading 0-0 QPR - 25-10-2008
Goals: NONE
Booked: Liam Roseinor; Daniel Parejo

QPR 1-0 Chelsea - 23-10-2011
Goals: Heidar Helguson 10pen
Booked: Shaun Derry, Joey Barton; Ashley Cole, David Luiz, John Terry, Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi, Raul Meireles, Branislav Ivanovic
Sent Off: Jose Bosingwa, Didier Drogba




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