David Coote (referee)

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Years League Role
?–2010 National League Referee
2010–2018 The Football League Referee
2018– Premier League Referee
Years League Role
2020–2022 FIFA listed Referee

David Coote is an English football referee. His county FA is the Nottinghamshire Football Association. He belongs to the Select Group of Referees in England and officiates primarily in the Premier League.


Coote started refereeing as a sixteen-year-old. He refereed in the Notts Alliance League, the Northern Counties East Football League, the Northern Premier League and the Conference North before being promoted to the Football League list of referees as an assistant referee. His first game in this role came in a Football League Two game between Stockport County and Hereford United. He was promoted to the list of Football League referees in 2010. In May 2014, Coote was the referee for the 2014 Football League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United.

On 28 April 2018, Coote officiated his first Premier League game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, a game which ended as a 1–0 victory to West Brom. Ahead of the 2018–19 season, Coote was promoted to Select Group 1.

On 14 February 2023, Coote was appointed to officiate the 2023 EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle United, which Manchester United went on to win 2–0.

Personal life

Coote is the son of David Coote who played cricket for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.


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  2. ^ a b "Men in Black — David Coote". www.football-league.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Leyton Orient 2–2 Rotherham United". BBC Sport. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ Davies, Matt (28 April 2018). "Nottinghamshire referee David Coote to take charge of his first Premier League game". Nottinghamshire Live. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  5. ^ Taylor, Louise (28 April 2018). "West Brom give themselves hope with Matt Phillips winner against Newcastle". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Hooper and Coote to feature in PL next season". Premier League. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  7. ^ Davies, Matt (29 May 2018). "Nottinghamshire referee David Coote promoted to top level of Premier League officials". Nottinghamshire Live. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  8. ^ "Carabao Cup Final 2023 referee appointments". EFL. 14 February 2023. Retrieved 23 February 2023.

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