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So what is wrong with PL refs? A case study – Halsey

by Walter Broeckx

In our series to find out with which ref some teams perform better than average we have referee Halsey next. One of the older refs and so lots of numbers on him. More than on some other more youthful refs.  So I will be curious, just like you I think to find out how he does in general for the teams in the PL. Will we see a lot of average results?

But first let me explain in short the average, under and over thing you see in the last row. This is for new readers of course. Regular readers can skip this text and go to the table.

When you see “average” it means that the results of the team in general are not that far away with the results when the ref is in charge. It is in fact what one should hope to see most.

When we see “over” it means that the team in question is doing much better and in some cases much much better than they usual do.

And when you see “under” it means that the team is doing bad compared to their usual win percentage.

So let us see the results of the teams under referee Halsey

Total

won

draw

lost

won

draw

lost

Arsenal

797

426

212

159

53,45%

26,60%

19,95%

Halsey

23

15

5

3

65,22%

21,74%

13,04%

Over
Aston Villa

797

287

249

261

36,01%

31,24%

32,75%

Halsey

40

12

11

17

30,00%

27,50%

42,50%

Average
Chelsea

797

414

206

177

51,94%

25,85%

22,21%

Halsey

39

22

8

9

56,41%

20,51%

23,08%

Average
Everton

797

282

230

285

35,38%

28,86%

35,76%

Halsey

41

15

11

15

36,59%

26,83%

36,59%

Average
Fulham

443

137

128

178

30,93%

28,89%

40,18%

Halsey

24

7

4

13

29,17%

16,67%

54,17%

Average
Liverpool

797

389

203

205

48,81%

25,47%

25,72%

Halsey

35

17

7

11

48,57%

20,00%

31,43%

Average
Man City

607

226

159

222

37,23%

26,19%

36,57%

Halsey

23

8

2

13

34,78%

8,70%

56,52%

Average
MU

797

520

165

112

65,24%

20,70%

14,05%

Halsey

32

24

5

3

75,00%

15,63%

9,38%

Over
Newcastle

717

284

192

241

39,61%

26,78%

33,61%

Halsey

30

11

7

12

36,67%

23,33%

40,00%

Average
Norwich

227

68

72

87

29,96%

31,72%

38,33%

Halsey

6

0

2

4

0,00%

33,33%

66,67%

Under
QPR

227

71

57

99

31,28%

25,11%

43,61%

Halsey No games
Reading

101

31

21

49

30,69%

20,79%

48,51%

Halsey

11

3

4

4

27,27%

36,36%

36,36%

Average
Southampton

531

155

146

230

29,19%

27,50%

43,31%

Halsey

21

10

3

8

47,62%

14,29%

38,10%

Over
Stoke

177

53

54

70

29,94%

30,51%

39,55%

Halsey

18

10

4

4

55,56%

22,22%

22,22%

Over
Sunderland

443

119

112

212

26,86%

25,28%

47,86%

Halsey

23

7

6

10

30,43%

26,09%

43,48%

Average
Swansea

63

20

21

22

31,75%

33,33%

34,92%

Halsey

8

3

3

2

37,50%

37,50%

25,00%

Average
Tottenham

797

307

210

280

38,52%

26,35%

35,13%

Halsey

33

14

8

11

42,42%

24,24%

33,33%

Average
WBA

253

62

64

127

24,51%

25,30%

50,20%

Halsey

22

6

7

9

27,27%

31,82%

40,91%

Average
West Ham

641

210

164

267

32,76%

25,59%

41,65%

Halsey

20

9

5

6

45,00%

25,00%

30,00%

Over
Wigan

291

81

73

137

27,84%

25,09%

47,08%

Halsey

5

0

2

3

0,00%

40,00%

60,00%

Under

First thing is that Halsey doesn’t do games of QPR. He seems to be a bit of a fan of them. So he might feel a bit down these days.

When we look at the table we see some teams doing better than usual. We have Arsenal, Manchester United, Southampton, Stoke and West Ham.  That is five teams and some of them are really surprises. For those in the know it is no surprise that Manchester United is one of the over performing teams.  But the score of Southampton and Stoke is quite frankly surprising. Not that much the fact that they over perform but they almost double their score when he is around.  Stoke and Halsey do seem to make a match made in heaven. Or hell depending on how you look at it. Maybe for the opponents it is hell.

Under performers are Norwich and Wigan. And what an under performance. We do have to be a bit careful because the numbers are only based on five and six games so not that many games to make a final judgement but both teams couldn’t win one game when he was around. But that does look pretty bad for them.

And with two under performing teams and with five over performing teams we have 12 teams who do rather average when he is around.  Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Reading, Sunderland, Swansea, Tottenham and WBA are all doing as can be expected.

This is a good example that shows that in general the longer you referee the more teams will have an average result. Or a result that is close to their overall average win percentage in all the games they play. The big negative exceptions can be found with the teams he does less often. The reason why he does them only sporadically is not known to me. That is one of those well kept secrets lying around in the office of Mr. Riley. But it sure is strange that those teams who have been around for a while have such a low number of games with Mr. Halsey. Of is Riley keeping him away from those teams?

Your guess is as good as mine.

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