Phil Dowd to referee Watford's FA Cup third round trip to Premier League champions Manchester City

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Premier League referee Phil Dowd has been selected to take charge of Watford's FA Cup third round trip to Manchester City on Saturday, January 5.

The FA have released the list of match officials for the third round ties and the Staffordshire-based official has been put in charge of the match at the Etihad Stadium.

Dowd has taken charge of 16 matches this season, issuing 61 yellow cards and three reds to date.

He has yet to officiate in a Premier League match involving the champions but did take charge of their 4-2 home Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

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1:32pm Thu 20 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

Well might as well have Roger milford as linesman and stuart atwell on the other !!!
Well might as well have Roger milford as linesman and stuart atwell on the other !!! jasonwatford
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1:36pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Smilingburkinshaw says...

Oh dear! Although there is a good omen in there.
Oh dear! Although there is a good omen in there. Smilingburkinshaw
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2:19pm Thu 20 Dec 12

mr vic a rage says...

We are doomed then.
We are doomed then. mr vic a rage
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2:35pm Thu 20 Dec 12

HornetJJ says...

Great! He's as bad as most of them in the Championship we have to put up with!
Great! He's as bad as most of them in the Championship we have to put up with! HornetJJ
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3:33pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Eastsussexhornet says...

As long as it isn't Pratwell, I don't mind...
As long as it isn't Pratwell, I don't mind... Eastsussexhornet
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4:47pm Thu 20 Dec 12

gloryhornet4 says...

At least with a second string ref they are less likely to be star struck, spending the day being nice to their chums and giving them soft pens.

Sweepstake on the time of the first penalty awarded to Man C?
At least with a second string ref they are less likely to be star struck, spending the day being nice to their chums and giving them soft pens. Sweepstake on the time of the first penalty awarded to Man C? gloryhornet4
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4:52pm Thu 20 Dec 12

KeithMercer says...

Bring back Rob Styles !!
Bring back Rob Styles !! KeithMercer
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6:37pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Boosey says...

3-3 draw
3-3 draw Boosey
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7:05pm Thu 20 Dec 12

gloryhornet4 says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Bring back Rob Styles !!
Keith - wash your mouth out.
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Bring back Rob Styles !![/p][/quote]Keith - wash your mouth out. gloryhornet4
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8:00pm Thu 20 Dec 12

ORBY says...

I don't think we need to be too concerned about this referee, he is one of many in the premiership who don't know the championship players. He will be talking to the Man Cty players and calling them by their first names and trying his best not to upset them and Mancini. If we are on our game I am sure we will really push them.
I don't think we need to be too concerned about this referee, he is one of many in the premiership who don't know the championship players. He will be talking to the Man Cty players and calling them by their first names and trying his best not to upset them and Mancini. If we are on our game I am sure we will really push them. ORBY
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8:03pm Thu 20 Dec 12

goldanboy says...

I'd rather have Attwell, could get a favour off him....or two. Doesn't matter who we get, let's concentrate on our boys. Bit of a non story really, just makes it look like our Cup Final.
I'd rather have Attwell, could get a favour off him....or two. Doesn't matter who we get, let's concentrate on our boys. Bit of a non story really, just makes it look like our Cup Final. goldanboy
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9:39pm Thu 20 Dec 12

radlettman says...

Just watch him being very cosy with the City players in the tunnel before the game.....!! Disaster ......if the Police .don't knick me could I use the "P "word........ hang on they used it !
Just watch him being very cosy with the City players in the tunnel before the game.....!! Disaster ......if the Police .don't knick me could I use the "P "word........ hang on they used it ! radlettman
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