Andy D’Urso, Gillingham & A Man On A Roof


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. Headley says:

    Nice article Ian. As one of the fortunate fans to get there and get home relatively easily, I was there for the full 90 minutes and hearing the decision of D’Urso I wasn’t in the least bit surprised. Referees succeed and fail often as a result of common sense. Those that use it tend to do well in the game. Those that don’t tend not to.

    Andy D’Urso could easily have put the kickoff back 15 minutes, or at the very least could have given Mark Stimson an extra 10-15 minutes to contact his players. That never happened – and shows why some referees are viewed in the light that they are. Mention the name Andy D’Urso to most lower division fans and I’d suggest the response would be pretty consistent, and not complimentary either. Thankfully we have an excellent ref for Saturday’s game with Carlisle, Jarnail Singh.

    But, D’Urso’s common sense bypass aside, the game was a disappointment for Gills fans. We started poorly (not surprising, considering the chaos leading up to kickoff) but got ourselves back into the game. But unfortunately some of our key players had a poor game, we gave the ball away too easily and we deservedly got beat.

    The fans who went (especially those who never made it, or only got to Brisbane Road late on) deserve great credit, but unfortunately tonight was one of those games where events just conspire against you.

    Even the halftime coffee was rotten…

  2. skif says:

    As someone who likes to have a look at Orient when I can’t get to see Havant & ‘Ville, can I just endorse the above comments on the half-time coffee.

  3. Adam Bird says:

    I was fortunate enough to have only make short tube journey from work, so it wasn’t until arrving at the ground, watching the players warm up that we noticed something was slightly off. Seeing the Gills warm up in strangly unfamiliar attire!

    D’Urso, played the rules correctly, but perfectly highlighted that there isn’t enough common sense in football. 15 minutes, would have meant a short delay, but ultimately a better spectacle for the 3,000 people who made the effort.

    According to the press this morning, Mark Stimson even had our reserve goalkeeper playing at right-wing. Considering he is currently on the transfer list, it may have proved to have been the making of him!

    As it was, the Gills didn’t turn up in more than one way, we were poor, circumstances aside, we ought to have, and should have performed a lot better.

    And so our away woes continue, and on last nights evidence, it may continue for a while yet.

  4. Paul B says:

    being a Leyton Orient fan, you can tell that I’m quite pleased with what happened as I had a very nasty suspicion that we’d lose to Gillingham (particularly after seeing their away record). But I do think D’Urso’s idea was moronic, allowing for less of a contest, after all we did score 3 at home for the first time in 2 years and the first win at home by more than 1 in 18 months.

    It’s not like he’s not had previous, even going as far as 1994-95 when he awarded 2 last minute penalties for Fulham when they played Ashford Town in the FA Cup and playing 8 mins of stoppage time (only know that cos a member of the family was in goal for Ashford) – including his controversal decisions at Old Trafford and St Mary’s in the Premiership – it’s fair to say he’s a bit of a clown.

    Still he’s reffed 2 wins out of 2 for us this season, long may he continue to do so.

    P.S. Haven’t Gillingham in the last year or two had to borrow a kit 3 times? Just something I heard from someone.

  5. DC says:

    “P.S. Haven’t Gillingham in the last year or two had to borrow a kit 3 times? Just something I heard from someone.”

    No idea why they would say that…the only other time I remember Gillingham having to borrow another teams kit was in 2001 when we had to play Millwall in their green away kit (and beat them..)

  6. getrcha says:

    Yes, Andy D’Urso – the only man in the entire ground to see a push when St Albans ‘scored’ in the FA Trophy Semi Final 2nd leg that would have put us 3-1 up with 15 to go agaist Forest Green in the 98/99 season

    In the end we lost 3-2 with 2 late goals and there went our only chance of ever playing at Wembley

    To this day I stil curse that clowns name

  7. PilgrimNeal says:

    Andy bloody D’Urso, grrrrr the name still brings a little blood to the boil. Lincs Derby 2005, Lincoln basically kicked chunks out of us for 60 minutes and he gave us nothing.

    Extract from the match report…

    “Abbey made two heroic saves on the half hour, first parrying Yeo’s shot and then tipping Francis Green’s follow-up away for a corner. Boston had a penalty claim turned down when Simon Rusk hit the ground following a challenge by Kevin Sandwith.
    At the start of the second half Steven Boyack came on for Dean West, who had picked up a knee injury. Two minutes into the half Boston had a second penalty claim turned down after Danny Thomas appeared to be brought down by Matt Bloomer.”

  8. PilgrimMutley says:

    Completely agree re Mr Singh the referee, I think its fair to say he gave the best performance I’ve ever seen from a man in black the season Boston ‘won’ the conference in our game at Farnborough. When I’ve seen him on TV he always seems pretty anonymous, the sign of a good ref. Sadly he’ll always be in the lower divisions because he refs using common sense, a commodity frowned upon by assessors and administrators alike…

    Re Durso, I remember the game well, he was still on the Prem list at the time and I think he took us 4 times in our league career, he never impressed.

  9. Ralph says:

    Gillingham have had problems travelling to away games before, they tried to reach Barrow in 1961 for FL game and had problems with the London traffic, missed their train, hired a plane and then with the help of a police escort from Blackpool to Barrow eventually arrived, but a little late which meant the game was abandoned after 74 mnutes, for more details have a look at

  10. Micky F says:

    Andy D’Urso always seemed to have a vendetta against Steve Howard when he was at Luton. Every time he reffed one of our game’s he’d try and find a reason to red card Howard, and often found one. He was also in charge of the game when Mike Newell made sexist comments about the female assistant Amy Rayner, many felt he should have had more to say about the appalling performance by D’Urso that day but instead vented on poor Amy. However the last few times he’s come to Kenilworth Road he’s been OK, not great but anything is an improvement on the old days!

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