Fledgling for Fergie

Gavin Ward started refereeing at the age of thirteen in Kent and progressed through the Kent and Isthmian Leagues. He spent five seasons as a National List, Select Group and FIFA assistant referee. For the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as ‘reserve assistant’ in a major domestic Cup Final.

 

From the 2007/08 season Gavin Ward was promoted to the referees National List and his first match saw him produce a red card after just 19 minutes when Barnet’s defender Devera was sent off in their 2-1 home defeat to Hereford on 18 August 2007.

 

He has only officiated in a handful of Championship matches and will be the first time he has officiated a match for either Bristol City or Preston. Although Darren Ferguson will have seen him before after taking charge of some Peterborough’s League Two matches in 2007/08.

 

His last match was the 1-1 draw between Cardiff and Blackpool on 9 January 2010.

 

Past Seasons Record:

 

Season:

Matches:

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:

2009/10

17

67

3

2008/09

30

81

3

2007/08

27

77

9

 

 

His assistants at Ashton Gate are Simon Barrow from Staffordshire and John Busby from Oxfordshire, whilst the fourth official is Nick Hobbis from the West Midlands.