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Full name  Richard J Beeby
2005–2007  UEFA
Years  League
Name  Richard Beeby
1999–  Football League
Role  Referee
Years  League

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Born  11 January 1962 (age 53) Northampton, Northants, England (1962-01-11)

Richard J. Beeby (born 11 January 1962 in Northampton, Northants) is an English association football referee who operates in the Football League, and has also previously handled Premier League games.



Beeby began his refereeing career in the local Northampton leagues, eventually attaining Football League status in 1999.

His first ever match as a Football League referee was the 2–1 home win by Southend over Plymouth in the old Third Division on 7 August 1999, and resulted in him having to dismiss a player, Mick Heathcote of Plymouth.

During the Second Division match played between Colchester and Bournemouth at Layer Road on 2 September 2000, Beeby was surrounded by away side players following a decision in their 3–1 defeat. This resulted in a £2,500 fine for the Dorset club, due to "a failure to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

In 2004, he took charge of the old First Division Play-off Semi-final, first leg, between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on 14 May 2004, and was then appointed to control the old Second Division Play-off Final between Brighton & Hove Albion and Bristol City at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 30 May 2004, when a late Leon Knight penalty secured promotion for the South coast team.

Although not on the Premier League list of referees, Beeby was given a "trial run" in that league on 7 May 2005, when he was man-in-the-middle for the Aston Villa versus Manchester City tie at Villa Park, which ended 2–1 to City. In that year, he was also given the honour of being the referee for the FA Vase Final. This was played on 14 May 2005 at White Hart Lane in London, between A.F.C. Sudbury and Didcot Town. He also handled a Semi-final second leg in the Football League Championship Play-offs, when Preston drew 0–0 at Derby to ensure their place in the Final, thanks to a 2–0 first leg victory.

Despite having already refereed his first Premier League match, and subsequently being given two more fixtures in that league during the 2005-06 season, Beeby has since been confined to operating in the three divisions of the Football League. Incidentally, on 28 December 2005, he should have taken up his next Premiership appointment at Craven Cottage, when Fulham met Aston Villa, but he suffered an injury in the "warm-up", and was replaced by fourth official Andy D'Urso.

He was given further responsibility in the Play-offs in season 2006-07, when he took control of the Football League Two Play-offs Semi-final, first leg, between Bristol Rovers and Lincoln City at the Memorial Stadium on 12 May 2007.

Only fifteen minutes into his FA Cup appointment on 11 November 2007 at Gainsborough, who were entertaining Hartlepool, Beeby "had to go off with a calf strain and was replaced by linesman Michael Naylor with the fourth official taking the flag".

Beeby is also listed by the Football Association as their Northamptonshire fitness coach, based in Kettering.

UEFA involvement

Since 2005, he acted as fourth official in European club matches under the jurisdiction of UEFA, until his compulsory retirement from that activity at the age of 45 in 2007.


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