# Numbering the refs performances: Dowd is the best ref in the league!!!

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By Walter Broeckx

In the last weeks I have tried to shed a first light on the scores of the refs and I have done this by focussing on the Total average score the refs have received after our reviews. Today I will try to go a bit deeper in this analysis and see if there are some different things that we can see if we look at the 3 major numbers that are hidden under the total average score. This is based on 42 games in the season so far and based on all the games we reviewed.

So I made the average score for each ref in the category “Overall decisions”,  “Weight decisions” and “Important decisions”.

The overall decisions is just counting if the ref got it right or wrong. This includes all the decisions whether they are important or not. Just adding 1 and 1 one could say. This could well be about an important penalty decision or the average little push in the middle of the field. And when I added the numbers of each ref I got this league table from the refs.

 Nr. Ref Overall score % 1 Dowd 85,38 2 Friend 81,40 3 Mason 81,16 4 Jones 79,80 5 Dean 77,21 6 Clattenburg 76,18 7 Atkinson 73,97 8 Taylor 73,17 9 Atwell 72,16 10 Webb 71,74 11 Marinner 70,39 12 Halsey 69,09 13 Probert 66,60 14 Walton 63,77

So in first place we find (is he the oldest of them all?) ref Phil Dowd. Who could ever have thought that after last season Untold Arsenal would put ref Dowd in first place in a table. Well the numbers are what they are. Now of course you could say that this is not the most important table. Because we have given some weight to some decisions and when we take the overall numbers and add the weight that we have given to the decisions we get the following league table. We named it the Weight table.

 Nr. Ref Weight score % 1 Dowd 84,8 2 Mason 80,47 3 Friend 79,55 4 Jones 79,44 5 Dean 77,82 6 Atwell 76,76 7 Clattenburg 73,54 8 Probert 71,1 9 Atkinson 70,09 10 Webb 69,46 11 Taylor 69,23 12 Marinner 69,2 13 Halsey 66,9 14 Walton 64,9

A few refs switch places in this table but on top we still find our old pal Phil Dowd at the top of the refs. And this table is a bit more important because this adds already a little bit of weight to the importance of the decisions. But still a ref can make up a lot of ground by calling a lot of correct fouls in the middle of the field and messing up somewhere else.

And then we move on to the most important table. That ‘s why I called it the “Important decisions table”. Because this is the table that decides the outcome of the game the most. I know when are messes up in the middle of the field he can cost you the game but in the next table I only focussed on the major decisions. Gave the ref a goal or not? Did he give a penalty when needed or did he give one for a dive? Did he give a red card or not? You now the sort of decisions that can be seen on the score board at the end of the game in the final score.

So after 42 games in the PL this season we have this table for the refs when it comes to important decisions:

 Nr, Ref Average score important decisions % 1 Dowd 83,42 2 Jones 77,92 3 Mason 73,1 4 Dean 71,89 5 Webb 67,85 6 Probert 65,4 7 Clattenburg 62,66 8 Friend 61,9 9 Walton 61,65 10 Marinner 59,4 11 Atwell 58,59 12 Atkinson 57,41 13 Halsey 55,24 14 Taylor 53,33

And well I cannot but admit that this season Dowd has looked like another ref. He is on top of all the 3 (and the 4th which I gave a few weeks ago) tables that we can come up with this season. So he must be doing it right this season. He is the only one that comes up with a score of over 80% in all the refs tables.  I sincerely hope that he continues this form when he does an Arsenal game.

In another article I will go one step further with all these numbers. And I will try to make a kind of profile of the refs. A way of telling you how a ref does his games and maybe a manual to keep an eye on how a ref operates if he wants to tilt the pitch in one or the other direction.

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## 8 Replies to “Numbering the refs performances: Dowd is the best ref in the league!!!”

1. Gf60 says:

When Mason, not to mention Dowd and Jones, comes in front of Clattenberg, I start querying the system.

2. walter says:

GF60, I will come to Clattenberg in a next article but he had an absolutely shocking game this season. Maybe his worst ever and this is still showing in his numbers for now. Maybe when doing more games he will get higher in the ranks. But the scores are what they are based on the games reviewed so far.
Of course having one real bad game and only having 4 reviewed is costly for a ref.

3. FinnGun says:

Is the generally low level of refereeing in the EPL caused by incompetence, bias or corruption?

Dowd’s suddenly getting better seems sinister…

4. Laundryender says:

I have to admit that this season Dowd has been a revelation, he has certainly lost weight, if that is a factor i do not know but he has had some big calls to make and not shirked them. At this point i have to say i would have him in any match.

I never believed i would ever say that after Newc debacle last season.

5. Iniez says:

Is anyone starting to wonder if they would be able to accept that everything is fine and fair. I mean even if the numbers say no one is biased or match fixing, would you really be able to believe it. It makes me wonder, am I in fact very partial in my opinion or is it experience that tells me otherwise. Personally I 100% believe there’s something going on, whether its down to individual bias or way up at the match fixing level. Something is causing refs to make wrong calls purposely. But then how am I so sure I’m right if I’m not willing to accept the alternative

6. bob says:

Walter, anyone,
I must assume that there are and have been honest and capable referees in professional football. That said:
(1) Does anyone know of any former referee in any League who ever published a memoir or was quoted for the record about having witnessed or participated in corrupt (match-fixing or match-changing) practices? Or has it been a total wall of silence?
(2) Given that present FIFA/UEFA/PGMOL/EPL referees would no longer be assigned games if they went public with information on bribe attempts, etc., what about former referees? Do former FIFA/UEFA referees get pensions that would be threatened if any were to go public, even with general statements?
(3) Do you/anyone think that a petition by former referees calling for video replay of any sort could be a possibility?
(4) Given the authoritative position that honest referees would command in the sport, would any refs out there consider such a petition, or memoir, or plea for fair play?

7. Evil says:

Yeah, surprised to see Clattenburg rated so low. In my opinion he was, at least last season, the best ref (from a purely Arsenal point of view, at least) but as this table takes into account performances from other games it might explain his numbers. I just hope he will be up to his normal standards when he refs us.