by Andrew Crawshaw
The following information is from premierleague.com the official Premier League website.
Paul Tierney and Chris Kavanagh are the first referees this season to whistle for a team twice. Not the obvious choices for this honour I think you will agree. Both have been in charge of just four games in six weeks.
Paul is in charge of the Liverpool v Southampton game, he was in charge of the Leicester v Liverpool match in matchweek 4 on 1st September where Liverpool won by 2 – 1. Two matches in a month for Liverpool – hmmmmm. All Southampton Fans should be asking why.
Chris is in charge of the Brighton v Tottenham match, he was also in charge of the Liverpool v Brighton match in Matchweek 3 on 25 August when Liverpool won by a single goal to nil. Brighton fans are also entitled to ask questions as to having the same referee twice within 3 weeks (excluding the International Break).
Four new names for the season in the Fourth Official column with Roger East, Darren England, Gavin Ward and Mike Dean all being given a sign board and forced to listen to the Manager’s rants.
Darren England is 33 and has 5 matches as referee in the championship, 1 in League 1 and 2 in League 2 as well as 5 cup matches this season and I suspect is being looked at for promotion to the Elite Group.
Gavin Ward is 40 years old , he also has 5 Championship games and 1 League 1 matches this season as referee as well as one Carabao Cup match. Both referees are being allowed to experience Premier League matches ‘up close and personal’.
Mike Dean needs no introduction either as fourth official or referee, the only surprise is that this is his first outing as fourth official. Roger East I will look at in my musings on the Arsenal officials at the end of the piece.
Saturday 22 September
12:30 Fulham v Watford
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Stephen Child, Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Roger East
Burnley v AFC Bournemouth
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Oliver Langford
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
Fourth official: Darren England
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: Gavin Ward
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Marc Perry
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Darren Cann, Mick McDonough
Fourth official: Lee Mason
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: A Holmes, Simon Beck
Fourth official: Craig Pawson
17:30 Brighton v Spurs
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Mike Dean
Sunday 23 September
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
16:00 Arsenal v Everton
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Lee Betts, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Roger East
Our match closes the Weekend events – kind scheduling as we then have to go again on Wednesday (although I suspect that there will be a bigger degree of rotation for that match than there was for Vorskla.
Jonathan Moss was born in Sunderland but now lives in Yorkshire – his home County FA is the West Riding FA. (Yorkshire is the largest County in England and is subdivided into three parts called Ridings. They are the North, East and West Ridings, there is no unique name for the south of the County. I’m 50% Yorkshire so I thought I would throw that in that bit of trivia). He is 48 years old and has been a member of the Select Group since the start of the 2011/12 season. He was the referee in our 2015 Cup Final against Aston Villa.
Historically our record with Moss in charge isn’t too bad, but he has never been given an Arsenal match against one of the other top six clubs – I’ll let you all draw your own conclusions from that, on first glance, statistic. More recent matches have seen Moss revert to the usual anti-Arsenal bias that pervades the entire refereeing fraternity under Mike Riley.
Roger East, our Fourth Official, is a 53 year old referee. He was reported to have failed his pre-season fitness test due to illness. I would presume that he is now recovered and has passed the test. He is fourth official on Saturday for the Fulham match and again at the Emirates on Sunday. In my opinion 53 is too old to be an active referee at any senior level of football and he should consider if he really is fit enough to take charge of matches.
Untold are bringing out the big-hitters for this match with both Walter and Carine coming over from Belgium so that should be sufficient to counterbalance any possible bias from the Officials.
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