2015-16 Referee Previews – An introduction to the Referees
by Andrew Crawshaw
The Official Web Page for the Barclays Premier League has the following to say about the PGMO :-
“Led by General Manager Mike Riley, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) is responsible for the training, development and mentoring of 79 referees and 257 assistant referees, including the 17 full-time professional Select Group referees. Formed in 2001, the PGMOL group officiate across all the Premier League, Football League and FA Competitions – all three organisations fund it.”
The Select group comprises
Martin Atkinson – Born 1971, County FA West Riding (Yorkshire) , first Premier League game 18 Sept 2004 (Crystal Palace v Manchester City). FIFA Accredited since 2006 and is Elite listed meaning that he can officiate any game anywhere in the world.
Mark Clattenberg – Born 1975, County FA Durham, first Premier League game 21 Aug 2004 (Crystal Palace v Everton). Fifa Accredited since 2006 and another Elite listed referee.
Mike Dean – Born 1968, County FA Cheshire, first Premier League game 9 Sep 2000 (Leicester v Southampton). Was FIFA accredited until he reached their mandatory retirement age. The most senior referee on the rosta in terms of games officiated.
Phil Dowd – Born 1963, County FA Staffordshire, first Premier league game 8 Dec 2001 (Fulham v Everton). Was FIFA accredited until he reached their mandatory retirement age.
Roger East – Born 1965, County FA Wiltshire, first Premier League game 1 Sept 2012 (Swansea v Sunderland)
Kevin Friend – Born 1971, County FA Leicestershire and Rutland, first Premier League game 20 Sept 2009 (Wolves v Fulham)
Michael Jones – data missing from the FA web site, data from Football-Lineups. Born 1968, Home County FA Cheshire, first Premier League game 30 Aug 2008 (Hull v Wigan)
Robert Madley – Born 1985, County FA West Riding FA (Yorkshire), first Premier League match 27 April 2013 (Southampton v WBA)
Andre Marriner – Born 1971, County FA Birmingham, first Premier League game 13 Nov 2004 (Charlton v Norwich). FIFA Accredited since 2009
Lee Mason – Born 1971, County FA Lancashire, first Premier league game 4 Feb 2006 (Middlesbrough v Aston Villa)
Jonathan Moss – Born 1970, County FA West Riding FA (Yorkshire), first Premier League game 4 Jan 2011 (Blackpool v Birmingham)
Michael Oliver – data missing from the FA web site, data from Football-Lineups. Born 1985, Home County FA Northumberland, first Premier league game 21 August 2010 (Birmingham v Blackpool). FIFA Accredited since 2012.
Craig Pawson – Born 1979, Home County FA Sheffield and Hallamshire, first Premier League game 2 Mar 2013 (Swansea v Newcastle)
Lee Probert – Born 1972, Home County FA Wiltshire, first Premier League game 13 Jan 2007 (Sheffield v Portsmouth). FIFA Accredited since 2010
Graham Scott – Born 1968, Home FA Berks and Bucks, first (and so far only) Premier League game 29 Nov 2014 (Burnley v Aston Villa).
Neil Swarbrick – Born 1970, Home County FA Lancashire, first Premier League game 11 Dec 2010 (Fulham v Sunderland).
Anthony Taylor – Born 1978, County FA Cheshire, First Premier League Game 3 Feb 2010 (Fulham v Portsmouth). FIFA Accredited since 2013.
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- There are only 17 referees on the Select List – this is still too few to ensure that all teams only have a referee a maximum of twice (once at home and once away). I would be far happier with a list of 22.
- There is very little difference between the number of Red or Yellow cards issued by the referees. All are well within expected statistical variation limits. I am excluding Graham Scott as he has only refereed one Premier League game to date.
- None of Keith Stroud (who refereed Crystal Palace v Leicester), Paul Tierney (who refereed Newcastle v Swansea) or Stuart Attwell (Leicester v West Brom) have been promoted to the Elite List.
- I would expect Lee Probert (who should now have fully recovered from injury) and Robert Madley to have a higher workload this coming season.
- It will be very interesting to see how many games Graham Scott gets, I would expect far fewer than the league average.
- We will continue to get repeat visits from referees this year and may well see one or two six times during the course of the season which is, of course, totally unacceptable whoever they are or however favourable.
A footnote from Tony (sorry to jump in Andrew but I thought it might help to reiterate…)
There is a worry about repeat refereeing because if a referee were to be influenced by the owner of a club, who were to say, “Do everything straight when you referee us, so there is no chance of suspicion, but when you referee X, Y, or Z and there is a chance to ensure they lose, we’d greatly appreciate it,” then the regular refereeing of certain clubs by one or two refs makes match fixing easier.
This might sound a bit spooky and “conspiracy theory” land, but it is in the briefest of summaries what happened in Italy. On Untold, we’ve called it “Type 3 match fixing”.
Worse, in recent weeks we’ve shown statistically just how easy Type 3 match fixing is to achieve, through the use of the early yellow cards to defenders on one side, but not to those on the other.
Over the years our statistics have shown that the figures for referee accuracy reported by PGMO are dubious in the extreme, and that the old notion of referee errors “balancing out in the end” is utterly false. For this reason, anything that could make it easier rather than harder to fix a match should be removed from the game, and that is exactly what PGMO repeatedly refuses to do.
Given its prolonged opposition to the type of video initiative that we saw in Europe recently, and its utter secrecy in general, and indeed its refusal to explain itself in any matter, the decision to keep the number of referees very low is yet another worrying sign. One might also note the total lack of London referees, and very few from the south at all. Very crudely I think we have about 10% of the referees from an area incorporating 65% of the population.
And sadly, looking at the new list of referees, nothing much is changing.