The FA Cup Fourth Round – All the Games and Match Officials including VAR

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here, courtesy of the FA website are the matches and officials for the 16 matches in the FA Cup Fourth Round:-

Friday 25 January

Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

7.45pm, Friday 25 January

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referees: Richard West & Lee Venamore

Fourth Official: Craig Hicks

Arsenal v Manchester United

7.55pm, Friday 25 January

Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistant Referees: Edward Smart & Constantine Hatzidakis

Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

VAR: Christopher Kavanagh

Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick

Saturday 26 January

Accrington Stanley v Derby County

12.30pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Jon Moss

Assistant Referees: Marc Perry & Andrew Halliday

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Swansea City v Gillingham

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Daniel Robathan & Neil Davies

Fourth Official: Ollie Yates

Shrewsbury Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Roger East

Assistant Referees: Simon Beck & James Mainwaring

Fourth Official: Scott Duncan

Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Peter Bankes

Assistant Referees: Shaun Hudson & Sam Lewis

Fourth Official: Martin Woods

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Lee Mason

Assistant Referees: Derek Eaton & Simon Long

Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

VAR: Stuart Attwell

Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup

Newcastle United v Watford

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: David Coote

Assistant Referees: Dan Cook & Harry Lennard

Fourth Official: Darren Bond

VAR: Martin Atkinson

Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

Middlesbrough v Newport County

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: John Brooks

Assistant Referees: Nick Greenhalgh & Matt Foley

Fourth Official: Marc Edwards

Manchester City v Burnley

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes & Michael McDonough

Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

VAR: Andre Marriner

Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger

Portsmouth v Queens Park Rangers

3pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Gavin Ward

Assistant Referees: Andrew Garratt & Nick Hopton

Fourth Official: Craig Hicks

Millwall v Everton

5.30pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett & Darren Cann

Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

AFC Wimbledon v West Ham United

7.45pm, Saturday 26 January

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Lee Betts & Gary Beswick

Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

Sunday 27 January

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

4pm, Sunday 27 January

Referee: Kevin Friend

Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn & Matthew Wilkes

Fourth Official: Roger East

VAR: Lee Mason

Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes

Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday

6pm, Sunday 27 January

Referee: Andre Marriner

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Sian Massey-Ellis

Fourth Official: Lee Probert

VAR: Graham Scott

Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett

Monday 28 January

Barnet v Brentford

7.45pm, Monday 28 January

Referee: Andrew Madley

Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox & Akil Howson

Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer

Six matches (including ours) get the benefit of VAR so hopefully there shouldn’t be any downright wrong decisions in those – but with the usual suspects looking at the videos…..

We have the Pleasure of Craig Pawson on the pitch and Chris Kavanagh looking at the videos.

Craig has only done one Arsenal PL match this season when we beat Bournemouth away by 2 goals to 1. We got one yellow card in the 25th minute from 9 fouls awarded.  Bournemouth got two cards from 6 fouls.

Man United have also only had him once this season their 0 – 3 home loss against Spurs at the end of August.  They were penalised for two yellow cards in Minutes 19 and 58 from 11 fouls.  Spurs had three yellow cards (Minutes 10, 24 and 77) from 16 fouls.  Roughly a card for every 5 fouls for both teams.

Last season we had Mr Pawson 3 times in the League, we lost away at Liverpool at the end of August by 3 – 0, won away at Everton in October by 5 – 2 (I have a note that Kos should have been sent off for a late and high challenge, he was wrongly given a yellow card) and beat Stoke 3 – 0 at home on 01 April.

Nothing in these matches to suggest anything other than a level playing field (but that’s probably being too kind on any PGMO official)


2 Replies to “The FA Cup Fourth Round – All the Games and Match Officials including VAR”

  1. Of the 6 VAR matches, I would say that CPalace v Spuds is the most unbalanced. The referee, fourth official and VAR referee all tend to be slightly or more than slightly biased against the home team.

    I have no data about either Darren Bond or Tony Harrington.

    Our match is perhaps the lowest key officiated, with only a single official showing slight bias, that being Pawson tending to manage treatments that require more short-handed time of the home team. Oh gee, we’re the home team. Imagine that. 🙂

    Newcastle v Watford is perhaps the next lowest key game. Martin Atkinson (VAR) has officiated over more treatments, more short-handed minutes due to treatments and more substitutions due to treatments. So, I would not expect any calls due to rough play to come from him.

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