Nottingham-based David Cootestarted his refereeing career at the age of 16 years old before making his way to the top-flight.
A former Select Group assistant referee, Coote was appointed as a
Football League referee in 2010. He has officiated at Wembley four times, andtook charge of the FA Vase Final and League One Play-Off Final in 2014. As part of the PGMOL exchange programme he has visited Japan, refereeing two senior matches and acting as fourth official in other games. A talented cricketer, David played cricket for Notts at various youth age groups, before committing to his refereeing career.
Cootestarted 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 Assistant Referees.
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 and has recently been promoted onto the SG1 Referees List for the 2018/19 season.