David Coote to referee 2014 League One Play-Off Final

Referee David Coote will take charge of the SkyBet League One Play-Off Final between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United, the Football League have confirmed.

David Coote points (Burnley v Birmingham - 15th August 2015)
In charge: Coote, who oversees referee recruitment in Nottinghamshire, will travel to Wembley for the sixth time as a match official (Picture from Sky Sports)

DAVID Coote will be the man in the middle for the 2014 SkyBet League One Play-Off Final between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United.

The 32-year-old referee has been selected to take charge at Wembley on Sunday, May 25, as the O’s and the Millers go head-to-head with a place in the Championship at stake.

Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) will be the assistant referees, while the experienced Mick Russell (Hertfordshire) is the fourth official.

Rob Merchant (Staffordshire) will act as the reserve assistant referee with all officials wearing yellow shirts, black shorts and black socks on the day.

The appointment comes after Lee Mason was confirmed as the referee for the Championship Play-Off Final and Michael Naylor is set to officiate the League Two showpiece this weekend.

It will be Coote’s second visit to the national stadium this month after taking charge of the FA Vase Final as Sholing beat West Auckland Town on May 10.

He also ran the line in the 2009 FA Vase Final when Whitley Bay won 2-0 against Glossop North End before two further trips to Wembley in 2010.

Coote was an assistant for the FA Trophy final between Barrow and Stevenage and then a fifth official for Portsmouth’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The Midlands official, who is the Referees’ Development Officer for Nottinghamshire FA, progressed from the Northern Counties East League to become a Football League assistant in 2006.

He was subsequently promoted to the National List of referees in 2009 and has officiated 34 games across six different competitions in 2013-14, including 16 in the Championship.

Coote, who has established a lenient reputation among officiating circles, has so far brandished 104 yellow cards and four red cards whilst awarding seven penalties.

He famously officiated an FA Youth Cup quarter-final between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield which ended with four players sent off and supporters ejected for unsavoury chanting.

The cricket-loving whistler oversaw Rotherham as recently as April 21 in their 1-0 win over Port Vale, sending off Millers midfielder Richard Smallwood.

He was the man in black for Leyton Orient’s 1-1 draw with champions Wolves at Molineux at the end of December.

Russell Slade’s side, who finished the regular season in third place, overcame Peterborough in the play-off semi-finals with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.

Rotherham are hoping to achieve back-to-back promotions after beating Preston 3-1 in the second leg following a 1-1 first-leg draw at Deepdale.

Wolves and Brentford have already sealed their second tier spot for next term automatically by finishing in the top two.

Kick-off is at 15:00 BST, with live coverage on Sky Sports.

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David Coote in charge (Wolves v Leeds - 6th April 2015)
Busy man: Coote took charge of matches in the Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

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