by Andrew Crawshaw
So here we are a quarter of the way through the season – or at least we will be once Kevin Friend blows his whistle at the end of the Spurs v Man City game on Monday night.
From premierleague.com here are all of the matches:-
Saturday 27 October
15:00 Brighton v Wolves
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Stephen Child
Fourth official: Roger East
Fulham v AFC Bournemouth
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Darren England
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Craig Pawson
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Dan Robathan, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Lee Probert
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Mick McDonough
Fourth official: Lee Mason
Sunday 28 October
13:30 Burnley v Chelsea
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Richard West
Fourth official: Lee Mason
13:30 Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: David Coote
16:00 Man Utd v Everton
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Paul Tierney
Monday 29 October
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Matthew Wilkes
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
Here is a table showing which referees have been worked hardest and least in terms of blowing their whistle. I have also added a listing of how many times fourth officials have been used as this might give a clue as to whom might be entrusted with a whistle in the future (my bet would be on Oliver Langford and Darren England).
|Games as referee||Games as fourth official||Outings|
So far Martin Atkinson and Andre Marriner have been the busiest with each having officiated at 15 matches (one and a half per weekend).
The Busiest Assistants have been:-
|Appearances||Assistant 1||Assistant 2|
Southampton remain the only club who have had a different referee every week and Liverpool remain the only club to have had a referee three times (Michael Oliver in three away matches; Palace 0 v Pool 2, Spurs 1 v Pool 2 and Huddersfield 0 v Pool 1)
Mind you they also won away at Leicester under Paul Tierney but only drew at Chelsea under Andre Marriner.
On to our game on Sunday and we have the pleasure of:-
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
- Assistants: Lee Betts, Adam Nunn
- Fourth official: David Coote
This is the second time we will have had Mr Atkinson this year and yes I agree with you that in an ideal world that would be two times too many. He was in charge of our away match at Chelsea in week 2 where we lost by two goals to three. A master in the black arts of refereeing the last thing we should expect is a level playing field.
Young Mr Zaha has been complaining for weeks that he is targeted by opposition players, I think that on Sunday he could well get maximum protection and our players will be called for fouls as soon as they breathe on him. He is also quite likely to be awarded a penalty or two where against other teams he would probably get yellow cards for diving.
The other officials all feature as amongst the busiest so all are clearly trusted by the PGMO which is a somewhat worrying thought.
I hope that our players escape from Portugal unscathed (I’m writing this Thursday afternoon) and that we will be able to count on our best attacking lineup to outscore Palace.
Finally our Women are also in action on Sunday – they kick off at Stoke Gifford Stadium at 15:00 against Bristol City.
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