Meet the ref: Steve Rushton
The referee for the Carling cup fixture between Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United will be Steve Rushton.
Rushton was born in Staffordshire and has never been in charge of a Scunthorpe or Oldham game ever, so will be a new experience for both teams.
Last season when he took charge of 24 games dishing out 64 yellow cards and five red. Although that was mainly league one and two sides.
In a recent interview with RefWorld.com
. Rushton said this... How did you get in to refereeing? My dad was a Football League Referee and having watched him for many years I decided to take the refereeing course. First to help with my GCSE PE and secondly to earn some pocket money. What has been the highlight of your career so far? There have been many highlights, but getting onto the Football League National List of Assistants was a very proud moment. What is the best game you have officiated and why? For the overall sense of achievement, the FA Youth Cup Final 2007/08, Manchester City v Chelsea. To be awarded the Three Lions badge and officiate on such a high profile game in my second season will always take some beating. What are your aims as a National List Assistant Referee? My first aim is to be the best that I can be for all appointments. Second is to finish as high as I can on the merit list. Third is to be in a position whereby I am considered for promotion to the Select Group. What skills do you need to become an Assistant Referee? You need to have a good level of physical fitness so that you can maintain alertness as the game progresses. You need to understand the difference between assistance and interference. You need the mental strength to make the big decision when it is required. Who has been the biggest influence on your career and why? My dad has been a huge influence on my career. He has acted as a coach, mentor and friend. He has never been afraid to tell me my faults and has always identified the positives. He kept faith with my ability when early promotions up the pyramid were hard to achieve. In your opinion who is/was the best Assistant Referee? I have the utmost faith in my own ability, but would love to emulate the achievements of Phil Sharp.OfficalsLinesmen
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