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Keith Paul Stroud (born 12 August 1969[1]) is a professional English football referee who officiates in the Football League and Premier League.

Keith Stroud
Full name Keith Paul Stroud
Born (1969-08-12) 12 August 1969 (age 49)
Bournemouth, England
Years League Role
2004 - 2007 Wessex League Referee
? -2004 Football Conference South Referee
2000-2002 Football League Asst. referee
2002-2004 Premier League Asst. referee
2004-2007 Football League Referee
2007-2010 Premier League Referee
2010- Football League Referee
Years League Role
2004-2007 FIFA listed Asst. referee



Stroud first took up refereeing in 1988. He progressed via the Wessex League,[2] becoming a National List assistant referee in 2000 and a Select Group assistant referee in 2002.[1] Also in 2002, he was an assistant referee for the old Division Three play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, between Cheltenham Town and Rushden & Diamonds.[3] Stroud was appointed as one of the assistant referees to Graham Barber during the FA Cup Final 2003, when Arsenal defeated Southampton by 1-0, again at the Millennium Stadium, on 17 May 2003.[4]

Stroud was promoted from the Football Conference to the National List of referees in 2004 and became a FIFA assistant referee in the same year.[1] His first Football League match in control was the League Two encounter between Cheltenham Town and Scunthorpe United at Whaddon Road on 10 August 2004, which finished as a 2-0 away win.[5] Also in that year, he was in charge of the Football Conference play-off final, at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, which saw Shrewsbury beat Aldershot 3-0 on penalties, following a 1-1 scoreline after extra time.[6]

Stroud handled a League One play-off semi-final first leg in 2006[7] and a League Two play-off semi-final first leg in 2007.[8]

During the 2006-07 season, Stroud was 'trialled' for the Premier League, being given the match on 17 March 2007 between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium, which City won 2-0. Stroud cautioned three players.[9] On 26 July 2007, a press release from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which employs Premier League referees full-time, stated that he had been included in the Select Group of 19 referees for the 2007-08 season.[10] At the same time, he stepped down from the FIFA list of assistant referees. It was confirmed in May 2009 that Stroud had been dropped from the Select Group of referees, along with Steve Tanner and Uriah Rennie.[11] Kevin Friend was promoted to replace him. However, in July 2009, it was reported in The Times that Stroud, along with Tanner, had been reinstated as it was found out that his demotion breached regulations.[12]

Stroud is also currently the Referees' Development Manager for the Hampshire Football Association.[13] On 3 January 2012, Stroud became the chief executive of the Bedfordshire Football Association.

On 2 August 2013, Stroud officiated the match between Sheffield United and Notts County, kicking off the 125th year of the Football League.

Stroud has been a Luton Town fan from a young age and therefore, does not officiate any of The Hatters' fixtures.[14]

On 5 April 2017, Stroud refereed a EFL Championship match between Newcastle and Burton Albion. At 29 minutes, Dwight Gayle went down in the penalty area, and a penalty kick was awarded and put into the net by Matt Richie. Gayle had encroached the penalty area before the ball was hit, so this goal was disallowed. Under Law 14, if the goal was scored, the penalty should be retaken. Instead, in this instance, Stroud gave a direct free kick to Burton Albion. Newcastle later went on to win the game 1-0.[15] Although, had they lost, they could have petitioned to have the game replayed—set by precedents in other games such as a U19 women's match between England and Norway.[16]

On 9 February 2018, Stroud was involved in another controversy. He refereed an EFL Championship match between Millwall and Cardiff City, disallowing Sol Bamba's goal. Instead, he should have given 'advantage' and awarded the 'goal'.[17]

On 22 April 2019 Stroud refereed the EFL Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United. Leeds needed a win to draw level on points with 2nd place Sheffield United. Stroud controversially denied Leeds a clear penalty for a foul on Patrick Bamford before Neal Maupay put the Bees ahead.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Games Total     per game Total     per game
2003/2004 8 30 3.75 2 0.25
2004/2005 30 113 3.77 1 0.03
2005/2006 39 139 3.56 9 0.23
2006/2007 38 96 2.52 3 0.08
2007/2008 34 111 3.26 6 0.17


  1. ^ a b c Profile Archived 15 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  2. ^ Division Three play-off final, 2002: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  3. ^ 2003 FA Cup Final (assistant referee): website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  4. ^ First ever League match: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  5. ^ Shrewsbury v. Aldershot, Football Conference play-off final, 2004: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  6. ^ League One play-off semi-final first leg, 2006: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  7. ^ League Two play-off semi-final first leg, 2007: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  8. ^ Premier League 'trial', Middlesbrough v. Manchester City, 2007: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  9. ^ Promotion to the Select Group: PGMOL Press release (HTML cached version of a PDF document). Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
  10. ^ "GRAHAM POLL: Bosses should be gagged to ease the pressure on referees". Mail Online. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Embarrassment for outgoing refs' chief as Hackett is told decision to axe refs was flawed". Mail Online. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  12. ^ Confirming his position as Referees' Development Manager for Hampshire FA: website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
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  14. ^ "Ref Keith Stroud says sorry for Newcastle penalty gaffe". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  15. ^ Ryder, Lee (5 April 2017). "Newcastle 1-0 Burton Albion RECAP: All the fall-out from incredible penalty decision". nechronicle. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Millwall 1-1 Cardiff: Lee Gregory cancels out Junior Hoilett's opener". Sky Sports. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  17. ^ Brentford v Leeds United (Mon) -"Brentford v Leeds United".

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