|Full name||Christopher J Foy|
20 November 1962|
St. Helens, Lancashire, England
|1994-95||The Football League||Assistant referee|
|1995-96||Premier League||Assistant referee|
|1996-2001||The Football League||Referee|
Christopher J. Foy (born 20 November 1962) is an English retired professional football referee. Following his first appointment as an official in the Football League in 1994 and his promotion in 2001 to the list of Select Group Referees who officiate in the Premier League, Foy refereed a number of notable matches, including the FA Community Shield and the finals of the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Trophy.
Foy was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, and first started refereeing in 1983. In 1994, he was promoted to the Football League list of assistant referees and progressed to the Premier League assistant referees' list in 1995.
He made the step up to the role of referee in the Football League in 1996 and became a Premier League referee in 2001, his first appointment being a 0-0 draw between Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic in December 2001. Earlier in that year Foy was appointed fourth official for the FA Trophy final at Villa Park, where Canvey Island defeated Forest Green Rovers 1-0.
He was also fourth official during the international friendly match when England lost 2-1 to Italy at Elland Road in March 2002, and in May 2006 for the Football League Championship play-off between Leeds United and Watford, the latter winning 3-0.
Nine days after the Championship play-off he was fourth official again when England played Hungary at Old Trafford, the home team winning 3-1. Foy subsequently retired from international activities at the compulsory age of 45 in 2007.
In 2007, he was selected to referee the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium between Stevenage Borough and Kidderminster Harriers. The match was won 3-2 by Stevenage, with Foy issuing four yellow cards.
Foy refereed the 2009 Football League Cup Final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with United securing victory on penalties after a goalless draw. He also took charge of the 2009 FA Community Shield later that year, contested by Chelsea and Manchester United, with Chelsea winning 4-1 on penalties after extra-time finished 2-2.
Foy's highest refereeing honour was to officiate the FA Cup final in 2010, won 1-0 by Chelsea and during which he issued three cautions to Portsmouth players and awarded Portsmouth a penalty kick which was missed by Kevin-Prince Boateng four minutes prior to Didier Drogba's winning goal.
As an Everton fan, Foy did not referee competitive games involving that club, although he did take charge of an Everton away game at Aston Villa in 2002 before he had declared his interest in the team.
Foy was actively involved in the "Don't X The Line" campaign to eradicate abusive or aggressive behaviour from players and spectators at junior and youth matches. He has also supported Knowsley Housing Trust's "Give Rent Arrears the Red Card".
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