Phil Dowd To Referee Manchester United And Manchester City Community Shield Game

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The Football Association have given the honour of refereeing the Community Shield between Manchester City and Manchester United to Phil Dowd.

The Stoke-on-Tren official will take charge of the traditional season curtain raiser at Wembley on August 7.

The former miner was only at the home of English football at the end of May after taking charge of the Championship play-off final between Reading and Swansea City.

Joining Dowd at Wembley will be his assistant referees Simon Long and Andrew Garratt, while Kevin Friend will be the fourth official.

“The Community Shield will be my third game at Wembley Stadium and I’m really excited about it,” Dowd said on the FA website.

“It’s such a special place and you get a real buzz when stepping out on that pitch.

“I was a miner until the strikes kicked in and I started refereeing to give me something to do,” he added.

“That was around 1984 and I never thought it would lead to a life in football so I’ve been really lucky.

“I had about a week off after the Championship play-off and then it was straight back into fitness training for the new campaign.

“I’m about two weeks in now and it’s all going to plan so I’m really looking forward to August and the Community Shield game.”

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