Andy Woolmer to referee 2016 JPT Final

Andy Woolmer will referee the 2016 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final between League Two Oxford United and League One Barnsley at Wembley on Sunday, April 3.

Andy Woolmer books Joey Barton (QPR v Bournemouth - 3rd December 2013)
In charge: Woolmer, pictured in 2013, has been rewarded for a distinguished career with a day out at Wembley

REFEREE Andy Woolmer has been appointed to the 2016 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final between Oxford United and Barnsley at Wembley.

The 48-year-old, from Northamptonshire, will take charge of his first game at the national stadium when League Two Oxford lock horns with the League One Tykes in the Football League showpiece.

He will be assisted on Sunday, April 3, by Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Steve Rushton (Staffordshire), while the fourth official is Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

Dumitru-Ravel Cheosiaua, from Worcestershire, will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with kick-off at 14:30 GMT.

Woolmer, who has been a postman in his hometown for two decades, is one of the longest-serving referees currently on the National List.

Andy Woolmer referee (QPR v Wolves - 23rd Jan 2016)
Experienced: Woolmer is in his 12th season as a Football League referee (Picture from Sky Sports)

Woolmer progressed through the United Counties League, Southern League and Conference before arriving on the Football League list of assistants in 1994.

He first made the grade as a professional whistler in 2003, overseeing his first game as Stevenage defeated Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 in the Conference in August that year.

In the same month, Woolmer received a prestigious appointment as one of the assistant referees for the 2003 Community Shield, where Manchester United beat Arsenal on penalties at the Millenium Stadium.

He was promoted to the Football League after spending a decade running the line, with the last three years spent in the Premier League.

In January 2005, he handled his first Championship game at Gresty Road where Preston North End beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1.
Andy Woolmer signals four added mins (Portsmouth v Derby - 12th August 2015)
On the side: Woolmer has been fourth official for a number of Premier League games (Picture from Sky Sports)
Following a game at Wigan’s DW Stadium in September 2014, Woolmer completed a rare achievement having officiated at every current ground in the top four divisions in his 24-year career as a match official.
He has overseen 26 games in all competitions so far this season – issuing 77 yellow cards, sending off two players and giving four penalties.
Woolmer has not encountered Oxford since their 3-0 League Two win over Mansfield in February 2015, while he last oversaw Barnsley in their 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield in August in their second game of the season.

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final is often awarded as a final swansong for veteran officials who are on the verge of retiring.

Last 10 JPT Final referees (as of 15th February 2016)

Last season’s showpiece, when Bristol City beat Walsall 2-0, was refereed by Hertfordshire’s Mick Russell, who hung up his whistle at the end of last season at the age of 51.

Around 65,000 supporters will be in attendance for the 32nd Football League Trophy Final as both Oxford and Barnsley bid to win the competition for the first time.

Michael Appleton’s League Two promotion chasers beat Millwall 2-1 over two legs in the Southern Area Final.

League One strugglers Barnsley overcame Fleetwood 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline in the Northern Area Final, before boss Lee Johnson joined last year’s winners Bristol City.


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