Tony Bates appointed referee for Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final 2012



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



50-year old referee Bates (pictured) has never officiated as man in the middle for a final before in his long established refereeing career


Tony Bates is the honourary recipient of the appointment of referee for the 29th Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final between Chesterfield and Swindon Town at Wembley Stadium later this month.

The 50-year old Football League match official from Staffordshire, who has been on the National List of referees since 1996, will be assisted on the day by Ian Crouch and Robert Merchant while Eddie Ilderton is the fourth official. The reserve assistant referee is Harry Lennard.

Bates was originally an assistant referee in the Football League going to the Euro 1996 finals and was also a linesman for the FA Cup final in the same year while he refereed the FA Women's Cup final in 2007 at the City Ground when Arsenal defeated Charlton 4-1. His only other Johnstone's Paint Trophy match was back in the first round of the competition in August when he took charge of Bradford's penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield Wednesday following a 0-0 draw after extra-time.

This season in his 29 matches so far, Bates has only handed out 71 yellow cards and is yet to send off anybody. It will be the second time this campaign that he will officiate a match involving Chesterfield after overseeing their 2-0 home defeat by Preston in the league back in August while it will be the first time he will take charge of a match involving Swindon Town this term.

League One newcomers Chesterfield Town, currently in the bottom four have won two and lost two of their last four matches, will take on Paulo Di Canio's League Two leaders Swindon Town, who have won three of their last four losing only to rivals Oxford United, are both bidding to win the trophy for the very first time in their histories.

Chesterfield got past Oldham Athletic to reach the final for the second time. In contrast, Swindon Town edged past fellow League Two outfit Barnet in the two-legged area section final making it the first occasion they have made the last two in the final.

The match itself takes place on Sunday 25th March kicking off at 2pm and can be seen live on Sky Sports 2/HD2 and available in selected pubs and homes in 3D.


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