Meet the Referee – Keith Stroud

Each week we take a close look at the referee assigned to the Swans game and look at their previous record when officiating our beloved Swansea City.

This week’s spotlight for our man in the middle falls on Keith Stroud, who was appointed the referee for the Swans v Bristol City EFL Championship game on Sunday, 13 February 2022.

Keith Stroud

Referee Stroud was assisted by Sam Lewis and Jonathan Hunt, with Joshua Smith the 4th Official for the game.

Name: Keith Stroud
DOB: 12 August 1969
Birthplace: Hampshire

Background:
Stroud started his career as a Football League referee in August 2004, when he oversaw Scunthorpe United 2 nil win at Cheltenham Town in League Two.

He was selected as a Premier League referee for the 2007/2008 season and has been the at the centre of several bad decisions in recent years, which have been highlighted in the media.

Swans related Fact(s):
Few Swansea fans will forget his handling of the 2-1 League Cup defeat at Anfield in October 2014, when he incurred the wrath of Garry Monk, after giving Federico Fernandez a straight red card for a lunge on Philippe Coutinho.

Stroud was also responsible for several questionable decisions when officiating Swansea City games during the 2019-2020 Championship campaign.

This was the 16th Swans home game that Stroud has officiated.

Here are the all important facts and figures for each game that he has been a referee for a Swansea City game:

Date
Competition
Home Team
Score
Away Team
13-Feb-22ChampionshipSwans3:1Bristol City
20-Nov-21ChampionshipSwans1:1Blackpool
11-Sep-21ChampionshipSwans0:0Hull City
14-Aug-21ChampionshipSwans0:0Sheffield United
17-Apr-21ChampionshipSwans2:2Wycombe Wanderers
27-Feb-21
Championship
Swans
1:3
Bristol City
2-Dec-20
Championship
Middlesbrough
2:1
Swans
20-Oct-20
Championship
Coventry City
1:1
Swans
26-Jul-20
Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg
Swans
1:0
Brentford
12-Jul-20
Championship
Swans
0:1
Leeds United
08-Dec-19
Championship
West Bromwich Albion
5:1
Swans
28-Sep-19
Championship
Swans
1:1
Reading
19-Apr-19
Championship
Swans
4:3
Rotherham United
12-Jan-19
Championship
Preston North End
1:1
Swans
27-Oct-18
Championship
Swans
2:0
Reading
23-Sep-16
EFL Cup 3rd Round
Swans
1:2
Manchester City
28-Oct-14
League Cup 4th Round
Liverpool
2:1
Swans
25-Sep-13
League Cup 3rd Round
Birmingham City
3:1
Swans
22-Feb-11
Championship
Coventry City
0:1
Swans
23-Oct-10
Championship
Swans
2:0
Leciester City
28-Feb-09
Championship
Swans
1:1
Charlton Athletic
01-Nov-08
Championship
Doncaster Rovers
0:0
Swans
07-Mar-08
League One
Swans
1:2
Millwall
11-May-06
League One Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg
 Swans
1:1
Brentford
19-Mar-05
League Two
Northampton Town
2:2
Swans

In summary, Keith Stroud’s record for Swansea City games is as follows:

Home Games
P16 W5 D7 L4

Away Games
P9 W1 D4 L4

Overall Record
P25 W6 D11 L8

This referee has a Swans Love Factor of 68%