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Keith Stroud
Keith Stroud
Personal information
Full name Keith Paul Stroud
Date of birth 12 August 1969 (1969-08-12) (age 51)
Place of birth   
Domestic
Years League Role
2004–2007
?–2004
2000–2002
2002–2004
2004–2007
2007–2010
2010–
Wessex League
Conference South
Football League
Premier League
Football League
Premier League
Football League
Referee
Referee
Asst. referee
Asst. referee
Referee
Referee
Referee   
International
Years Role
2004–2007 Asst. referee   

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

Career

Stroud first took up refereeing in 1988. He progressed via the Wessex League, becoming a National List assistant referee in 2000 and a Select Group assistant referee in 2002. 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. Stroud was appointed as one of the assistant referees to Graham Barber during the FA Cup Final 2003, when Arsenal defeated Southampton 1–0, again at the Millennium Stadium, on 17 May 2003.

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. 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. 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.

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

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. 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. At the same time, he stepped down from the FIFA list of assistant referees.

Stroud is also currently the Referees' Development Manager for the Hampshire Football Association. 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.

On 5 April 2017, Stroud refereed an 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.

On 9 February 2018, refereeing an EFL Championship match between Millwall and Cardiff City, Stroud disallowed Sol Bamba's goal.

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 denied Leeds a penalty for a foul on Patrick Bamford before Neal Maupay put the Bees ahead.

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