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Arsenal v Bournemouth 28 Dec 2015 – The Match Officials. A team from the south, so we get a ref… from the south

Arsenal v Bournemouth 28 December 2015 – The Match Officials.

by Andrew Crawshaw


  • Referee – Roger East
  • Assistants – L Betts and D Cann
  • Fourth Official – D Deadman


Roger East,  is from Wiltshire.  He was appointed to the Elite group for the start of the 2013-14 season, having refereed first on 1 September 2012 when he took charge of Swansea v Sunderland.

According to the official Premier League website he has officiated 36 times in the Premier League issuing 36 red and 109 yellow cards.  This will be his 11th game this season, to add to the 16 in 2014/15, 5 in 2013/14 and 5 in 2012/13 so the numbers do add up.

First time this year for Arsenal to have either Roger East or Mr Deadman.  Here is the performance table from last year showing Roger East with a disappointing score of just 68% correct so virtually one decision in three was wrong.  Note these are unweighted figures and based on all decisions made regardless of importance.

Referee Correct total Wrong total
Lee Mason 86.44% 13.56%
Moss 83.17% 16.83%
Pawson 80.82% 19.18%
Clattenberg 78.85% 21.15%
Oliver 78.18% 21.82%
Dowd 73.44% 26.56%
Taylor 72.88% 27.12%
Friend 70.59% 29.41%
Marriner 70.42% 29.58%
Jones 70.00% 30.00%
East 67.92% 32.08%
Dean 67.37% 32.63%
Atkinson 66.47% 33.53%

So Mr East is not likely to be the best referee we will have ever seen.

Last year we had him only once, the 2 – 2 home draw against Hull

Referee review : Arsenal – Hull : East, West not the best

62% Overall score (weighted), bias against both teams 82/18 and one wrong Important Decision (second yellow, red cards, penalty and goal) when in Minute 17 Hull scored despite a clear foul on Flamini in the buildup.  Goal shouldn’t have stood and it should have been an Arsenal win not a draw.

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In both 2013-14 and 2012/13 Mr East refereed just five times in the Premier league, none of them an Arsenal Game.  There were two reviews of non-Arsenal games in 2012/13

Match Review: Roger East – Swansea City Vs Sunderland (2 – 2) [01/09/2012]

65% overall weighted score, Bias against both teams 36/64 and 2 wrong Important Decisions Swansea should have had a penalty in Minute 3 and Sunderland should have had a penalty in Min 49.

Match Review: Roger East – Fulham Vs West Bromwich Albion (3 – 0) [15/09/2012]

87% overall weighted score, bias against both teams 82/18 and no wrong Important Decisions

I have no flags against Mr Betts but have one against Mr Cann when he failed to flag Wayne Rooney offside in Min 33 of our home game against United.

Darren Deadman is a Peterborough based official whose day job is listed as a Civil Servant.  This will be his second outing as Fourth Official this year in the Premier league, strangely his previous appointment was also in a Bournemouth game, their 2 – 0 home win against Sunderland on 19 September.  Darren normally referees in the Football League.


  1. Mr East is relatively new to the Premier League and as he has only refereed a single Arsenal League game, there are few meaningful statistics to indicate how he might react on Monday.
  2. In his only previous Arsenal game he gave a less than stellar performance with a totally underwhelming 62% weighted score which cost us two points last season when he failed to whistle for a clear foul on Flamini in the buildup to the Hull goal in Min 17.
  3. The two reviews of non-Arsenal games from his first season 2012/13 are mixed, a decent game Fulham v West Brom (never likely to be a difficult game) and a poor performance in the Swansea v Sunderland game where he failed to award two penalties (one to each team)
  4. We should give him the benefit of the doubt at this stage but our crowd in the stadium must be ready to call him out at the first signs of incompetence or bias.


Two anniversaries

28 December 1997: Tottenham (at this moment bottom of the League) 1 Arsenal 1.  Arsenal were in 6th position. Game 21 of the 2nd Double Season.   Ray Parlour scored.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

28 December 1999: Vieira made his return from suspension for the 2-0 win over league leaders Leeds United, who were eight points in front of Arsenal at the time.  Ljungberg and Henry got Arsenal’s goals.

Two special features on Arsenal at Christmas in the early days…

The Royal Arsenal (1890-1892); Woolwich Arsenal (1904 and 1905)

and the 12th instalment of Arsenal in the 70s Part 12: Jan to June 74. Farewell Bob, hello Liam.

27 comments to Arsenal v Bournemouth 28 Dec 2015 – The Match Officials. A team from the south, so we get a ref… from the south

  • I find it really interesting that all the way through the season we get referees from the north (because that is all PGMO normally appoint) and the moment we get to play a team from Dorset on the south coast, we get a referee from the neighbouring county of Wiltshire.

    Odd, to say the least.

  • serge

    Roger comes from Swindon which is 91 miles from Bournemouth and 84 from Islington. So more local to Arsenal
    The wonderfully named Darren Deadman obviously lives close to Arsenal.

  • serge

    lives closer to Arsenal

  • Malaysiangooner

    Hi everyone. Is anyone going to the match today? I’m currently here in London and going to watch an Arsenal match for the first time. It would be a great experience to meet fellow untolders. Cheers.

  • Mandy Dodd

    As he is a relatively new ref, can only wish Mr East and his team well.
    I sincerely hope he does a better job than some of his more experienced colleagues.
    It is clear this season, refs are letting a lot go. What’s the betting England are absolute crap in the summer due to injured fatigued players.

  • Norman14

    We could always start a petition!

    Seriously, which media outlet is responsible for this latest attempt to discredit us? All the graphics point to change org, but there is nothing on their site.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @ Malasiangooner. I’ll be having my usual post game cuppa in the “master chef” cafe on the Holloway Road opposite the garage (assuming they are open). Be glad to see you if you wish. I always wear a big black leather cowboy hat.

  • Pete

    Malaysian Gooner – I will be at the game but not certain of arrangements yet… trains very iffy today! But will follow these comments to see if something substantive turns up.

    Andrew – Not quite on my normal route but you never know… may need to get home quickly – unclear at the mo.

  • Malaysiangooner

    Hi Andrew and Pete, noted. Will keep a lookout for you guys. Looking forward to meeting you both. Cheers guys

  • Pete

    Malaysian – What are your default plans pre/post-match? Where is your seat?

  • Blaming the ref, bit early for excuses.

  • Bounce Back boys and Shut down the rantings of the aaa and the aae here in Nigeria.
    anti arsenal expatriates – who are fond of snooping on arsenal even when their wheels of their clubs chariots are falling of

  • Malaysiangooner

    Hi Pete. Call me Fitz. I’m already at the stadium waiting to collect my ticket. And i don’t have any plans so far as i am here alone.

  • Pete

    I will be at stadium at about 4.55. Turnstile E. Can say hi there?

  • Malaysiangooner

    Sorry Pete, took so much time collecting my ticket, wasn’t familiar with the area. I’m in the stadium now. Turnstile J. How about after the game?

  • Menace

    Viva Paolista!

  • Menace

    King with a push on the Ox – should be a red card. Pushing a player while he is in the air is dangerous but I suppose the referees don’t know that until somebody does it to them.

  • Al

    Do you honestly believe a difference of 6 miles would make a difference? Do you think East would think I live 6 miles closer to the Emirates than Bournemouth so my allegiances lie with Arsenal? The point here is you go to a place like Manchester and you get a ref that lives 20 miles away from OT, then you get two teams from the south and you get a ref whose hometown is equidistant from both clubs. What chance is there that he could support either club? 50% chance I’d say. Whereas if you got someone from Sunderland for this fixture the chances they’ll be neutral are much much higher.

  • Al

    I did mention on the other thread that there have been two fouls on the Ox that merited at least a card.

  • serge

    I doubt if East would have an allegiance to either side. My point is that both teams are from the South ( even if Andrew & Tony don’t think so ) and East lives more or less equal distance so is a good choice despite Andrew inferring that we’ve had a “Southern ” ref foisted onto us.
    A North East ref might favour us to stop Bournemouth getting any points, North West refs always have us over, so I think East was a sensible choice.

  • Well done Arsenal sorry I couldn’t make it tonight but giving my tickets away to people who don’t normally go always makes me feel good .
    Just watched Man/ CFC. Game in Dubai if you want to see a game with many bad ref decision or bias watch this .

  • Pete

    Malaysian – sorry en rote home now. Hope you enjoyed it!

  • Al

    Ok serge, fair enough. But while it is unlikely that Roger may support either club, he will likely be surrounded by or know people who support either club. Imagine if he was to make an error that could cost Arsenal the title or have Bournemouth relegated, supposing this was the penultimate match of the season and a lot was riding on it, would he be able to live normally surrounded by fans of a club he ‘screwed’? Think that’s the argument that the others are making; give us a ref who lives far away that they wouldn’t be affected much by any outcome. Brendan Rodgers made this point when he questioned the logic in awarding a ref from greater Manchester a game involving one of the manc clubs and Liverpool. In that case, in such a game or a Merseyside or Manchester derby, East would be a perfect candidate. Whatever decision he gets wrong there is unlikely to affect his day to day life.

  • Malaysiangooner

    Hi Pete, i’m sorry too, would’ve love to meet a fellow untolder. And yes, i enjoyed the game very much. i did however passed by robbie and aftv doing interviews at the ken friar bridge.

  • serge


    Having said that, Roger did favour Bournemouth a bit ( especially with the cards ) didn’t he? )

  • Al

    Agree about the cards. Did say it was generally a clean match played with no malice, but given what chambers and Ramsey got carded for surely one or two of their players should have been carded too. Anyway, just glad we have no injuries to worry about..

  • Menace

    I don’t know why I am so sceptical but any PGMO pillock with a whistle is unacceptable to me. East, West, Clattenberg or Iceberg, if they are PGMO then they are tarnished & blinded to do evil.

    Until the FA all get the f*ck out of football & are replaced by a democratically elected responsible body, with a new set of officials, this game will be tainted.

    The sporting arena should never be out of bounds from the Law of the land. Some of the incidents in recent times need to be addressed in a court of law. The biggest joke is the ‘failure to control your players’ bollocks when officials are inept.

    Note that I am complaining when Arsenal are top of the league. For me it is not an Arsenal question it is the state of the beautiful game in England. Arsenal have had to ride the tide with currents always against them & still the waters to show how the Game can be played.