Premier League referees in Week 16 | 9th December 17 - 10th December 17

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The PGMO Ltd cannot be accused of failing to spread the festive cheer around: there’s at least a game for everybody in SG1 on Matchdays 16 and 17. The only two men given two matches next week, in fact, are Anthony Taylor and Bobby Madley. And the latter really is making up for lost time, as he was Craig Pawson’s first additional assistant in Vienna on Thursday before travelling from Yorkshire to Hampshire at the weekend.

Matchday 15 provided the odd surprise, one being an apology from Jon Moss for triggering a suspension under the totting up process for Bournemouth’s Adam Smith as well as denying his side a penalty.

Approximately two hours later came another surprise in the lapse suffered by Andre Marriner and his assistant, Simon Beck, in missing a blatant Matteo Darmian trip on Danny Welbeck in an otherwise consummate performance.

Not to be left out, Martin Atkinson managed to infuriate Spurs fans with a text-book dismissal when they could hardly have complained had they themselves conceded at least one spot-kick, which might have seen them leave Vicarage Road with no points at all.

Anthony TaylorWest Ham United v Chelsea | 9/12 | 12.30pm

Assistants: P Kirkup & S Burt
Fourth official: Graham Scott

West Ham might struggle to repeat their World Cup win of 1966 next summer, but if they do, a crucial step along the way might see their on-loan keeper, Joe Hart, coming out on top against Chelsea and Belgium dangermen Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard.


All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 9 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 35 Reds: 0


The first meeting between these clubs at Upton Park was West Ham’s 2-0 home win in Division One  in October, 1923. Barking-born prodigal son and centre-forward Frank Richardson may have been making his Irons debut, but the goals came from Mackem William Brown and Mancunian George Kay, who went on to win the title as manager of Liverpool.

The last encounter saw Chelsea claim a 2-1 away win, when referee Andre Marriner only cautioned Cesc Fabregas and the goals were supplied by Manuel Lanzini, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

Demba Ba, Yossi Benayoun, Tal Ben Haim, Wayne Bridge, Carlton Cole, Joe Cole, Craig Forrest, Glen Johnson, Frank Lampard Jr, Scott Minto, Victor Moses, Scott Parker, Ian Pearce, Joe Kirkup, Jon Harley, Peter Brabrook, Alan Dickens, John Sissons, David Speedie, Len Goulden, Clive Allen, George Hilsdon, Jimmy Greaves, Bryan Pop Robson and Ron Tindall have all played for both.

Ron Greenwood and Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, played for Chelsea and managed West Ham, and Sir Geoff Hurst and Dave Sexton both played for the Hammers and managed the Blues. Avram Grant is the only man with the distinction of having managed both clubs.

Thirty-nine year old Anthony Taylor, who has refereed Chelsea once this term (their defeat of Manchester United) and not refereed West Ham, is on duty for this early Saturday kick-off to meet the demands of satellite TV, and he is assisted by Stuart Burt, who was with Michael Oliver in the Netherlands midweek, as well as Peter Kirkup.

Lee Probert

Burnley v Watford | 9/12 | 3pm

Assistants: S Beck & A Garratt
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

The Football League Group Cup was a short-lived football competition which first took place during the 1981/1982 season and was won by Burnley after knocking out Watford 2-1 at the quarter-final stage. For English clubs it was a replacement for the Anglo-Scottish Cup, which had been discontinued due to the withdrawal of Scottish League clubs. For the 1982/83 season it was renamed as the Football League Trophy.


All you need to know about Lee Probert:

Matches in 2017/18: 6 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4

Yellows: 7 Reds: 1


Craig Armstrong, Paul Atkinson, Chris Baird, Clarke Carlisle, Nathaniel Chalobah, Chris Eagles, Gordon Haigh, Tony Hapgood, Jon Harley, Gerry Harrison, Rick Holden, Micah Hyde, Chris Iwelumo, Alexander Kacaniklic, Michael Kightly, Gifton Noel-Williams, Marvin Sordell, and currently Jack Cork, have all played for both clubs.

The first meeting between them did not in fact take place until April, 1972, and that ended in a 3-0 home win for the Clarets.

The last, and only the 38th ever clash, was reffed by Mike Jones, who took the names of Matt Lowton, Roberto Pereyra, Jose Holebas and Isaac Success, while goals from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane gave Burnley a 2-0 win in September, 2016.

Lee Probert officiates between 7th and 8th placed teams having taken either team once each so far, both of which were away wins. In-form Andre Marriner was Michael Oliver’s 2nd AAR in Feyenoord on Wednesday and is Probert’s fourth official today.

Kevin Friend

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth | 9/12 | 3pm

Assistants: I Hussin & D Eaton
Fourth official: Oliver Langford

The first meeting between these two was back in December, 1925 when Palace won 3-1 in Division Three (south).

The last came in August, 2016 and ended 1-1, with goals from Scott Dann and Josh King. Man in the middle Mike Dean booked Artur Boruc, Yohan Cabaye and Damien Delaney. Boruc did not leave it at that and saved a Yohan Cabaye penalty, while record signing Christian Benteke made his Palace debut without troubling the scorers.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Kevin Friend:

Matches in 2017/18: 8 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 11

Yellows: 16 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
While Glenn Murray and Steve Claridge have both pulled on both clubs’ shirts, in-between-jobs Tony Pulis looms the larger over this fixture, having played for and managed Bournemouth as well as keeping Palace up as manager in his familiar fire-fighting capacity in 2014.

To stick with the managerial theme, Roy Hodgson takes on Eddie John Frank Howe in this battle of 18th versus 14th place in the Premier League. Modest as Howe’s own playing career was, he outshined Hodgson, for whom the only way was down after an apprenticeship left him surplus to requirements with Palace, who, back in 1966 were in Division Two.

Kevin Friend has refereed two 1-0 defeats for Palace this season, at Anfield and Wembley respectively, but has not refereed a Bournemouth Premier League fixture. He did, however, preside over their Caracao Cup extra time win over Brighton.

Stuart AttwellHuddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion | 9/12 | 3pm

Assistants: E Smart & A Halliday
Fourth official: Mike Jones

This is the 55th game between two clubs once distinguished by their blue and white stripes of differing shades, and the first meeting was in February, 1922. The occasion was an FA Cup replay won 2-0 by the home side at Leeds Road, former home of the Terriers.

In February, 2017 the clubs met in the Championship prior to promotion, this time at the John Smiths stadium. James Linington was the referee and the result was a 3-1 home win, with the goals supplied by Tommy Smith, Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Stuart Attwell:

Matches in 2017/18: 5 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8

Yellows: 21 Reds: 1 [/quote_box_right]
Tomer Hemed scored for Brighton, while Kachunga was the single player cautioned for the home side, with Bruno and Oliver Norwood likewise for Brighton and Lewis Dunk dismissed for a second yellow.

Thirty-five year old Stuart Attwell takes this clash between promoted sides more or less holding their own in the top flight having refereed Huddersfield in their stalemate at home against Southampton but not Brighton, until now.

Mike Dean

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion | 9/12 | 3pm
Assistants: S Long & D Cook
Fourth official: John Brooks

Alan Pardew takes his new troops to Wales without a win in 13 games, the Baggies’ worst run since 2005. Last time he took a side to the Liberty, however, at least there were plenty of goals to mitigate against the gloom.

Seven second-half goals came in a 5-4 home win only snatched with two goals from Fernando Llorente in time added on. Pardew hung on a further month as Crystal Palace manager before being shown the Selhurst Park door, which has apparently been revolving ever since.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Mike Dean:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8

Yellows: 39 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Swansea boss Paul Clement’s brother Neil managed three promotion seasons with the Baggies and is fondly remembered in the Black Country. Their late father Dave, of course, played for QPR, Bolton, Fulham, Wimbledon and England.

The first meeting between these two in Wales ended 3-2 in March, 1928, in the old Division Two.
The last meeting came on the last day of last season’s Premier League, finishing 2-1 to Swansea as today’s referee, Mike Dean, presided over a tame encounter with relagation having been avoided. A Jonny Evans goal gave West Brom the lead before Jordan Ayew and Llorente stood up to be counted, while Federico Fernandez and Marc Wilson were cautioned.

Mike Dean has refereed Swansea at home and away already this season, as well as West Brom’s draw at Leicester. Fourth official John Brooks, the one from Leicestershire and not the costliest ever US footballer, is on FIFA’s list and has refereed 12 League One fixtures so far this term and six in League Two, as well as Gillingham’s win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.

Roger EastTottenham Hotspur v Stoke City | 9/12 | 3pm

Assistants: A Holmes & M McDonough
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

The last three Premier League meetings between these clubs have ended 4-0 to Spurs, and the last of those was in February, 2017. Jon Moss was in charge of a game won in the first half thanks to a Dele alli goal and Harry Kane hat-trick. Also cautioned before the break were Kevin Wimmer and Victor Wanyama, while Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam and Marko Arnautovic at least waited until the second half to go into the book.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Roger East:

Matches in 2017/18: 6 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10

Yellows: 23 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Peter Crouch and Gerry Francis have featured as player and coach respectively for both sides, while Wilson Palacios, Jimmy Robertson, Simon Davies, Matthew Etherington, Gerard McMahon, Hans Segers, Charlie Wilson, Jon Woodgate, Michael Kightly (as a schoolboy), Garth Crooks, Ian Moores, Ray Evans, Gary Brooke, Joe Brough, Paul Stewart, Paul Allen and Tony Parks, with just two Stoke appearances, complete that particular list.Stoke’s last visit to Wembley was against Manchester City in the FA Cup Final of 2011, when they lost 1-0 to a Yaya Toure strike.

Roger East oversees sixth-placed Spurs welcoming 13th-placed Stoke not having refereed either side so far this season before getting his turn beneath north London’s celebrated arch.

Neil SwarbrickNewcastle United v Leicester City | 9/12 | 5.30pm

Assistants: S Ledger & R West
Fourth official: Lee Mason

This is the 120th meeting between the clubs and the very first one took place in Division Two back in September, 1894. The Magpies emerged victorious thanks to two goals from defender Bill Thompson.[quote_box_right]

All you need to know about Neil Swarbrick:

Matches in 2017/18: 10 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 23 Reds: 0


The last time was November, 2015, when the Foxes cruised a 3-0 away win on their way to the premier League title. That day Mike Jones cautioned Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett, Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko and Robert Huth.

And it’s true: Geordie Graham Fenton still can’t buy a drink in his home town, despite the amount of water passing under that bridge since his Blackburn days. The forward, who also served Villa and Leicester, was widely blamed, alongside the signing of Faustino Asprilla, for the end of Newcastle’s title challenge in 1996 following a defeat at Ewood Park.

Tipping his TV game ratio over the 50% mark, Neil Swarbrick is in charge for this late Saturday kick-off and took Newcastle’s home win over West Ham in August, but no Leicester game since last season’s defeat at Watford in November, 2016.

Robert MadleySouthampton v Arsenal | 10/12 | 12pm

Assistants: S Child & M Perry
Fourth official: Graham Scott

Harry Brophy, later to coach, captain and briefly manage the Australian national team after emigrating to Brisbane in 1949, played first for Arsenal without making the first team and then Saints between the wars. Brophy will no longer be around to see the Socceroos take on the country of the current Arsenal manager’s birth, when managerless Australia meet France in Kazan come June. Luis Boa Morte, Perry Groves, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers have all played for both clubs, too.


All you need to know about Bobby Madley:

Matches in 2017/18: 7 (4 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10

Yellows: 25 Reds: 2


The first meeting between them was in Division One on Boxing Day, 1966, when Saints won 2-1 and the goals came from Terry Paine, Jimmy Melia and Colin Addison.

When Arsenal last visited St Mary’s, in May, 2017, they won 2-0. Jon Moss cautioned David Ward-Prowse, Mezut Ozil and Hector Bellerin, while goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud were enough to seal the points for the visitors.

Giroud is aiming to score at least ten Premier League goals for a sixth consecutive season for Arsenal, while fans with longer memories will recall the 2003 FA Cup Final refereed by Graham Barber in Cardiff. Robert Pires notched the winner, while yellow cards were shown to Martin Keown, Thierry Henry, James Beattie, Paul Telfer, Chris Marsden and Michael Svensson.

Thirty-two year old Bobby Madley has refereed Leicester’s win at Palace and Arsenal’s home win over West Bromwich Albion so far. Fourth official Graham Scott took the Mike Dean mantle last week for penalising grappling in the area, which only managed to make him stand out due to inaction on the part of other referees.

Craig Pawson 1000x500Liverpool v Everton | 10/12 | 2.15pm

Assistants: L Betts & A Nunn
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

The first meeting between these two eternal neighbours was a 2-2 draw in Division One way back in November, 1894 at Anfield. David Hannah and James Ross were two of nine Scots in Liverpool’s line-up, while Everton scorers Alex Latta and Bob Kelso also hailed from north of the border.

The last time was April Fool’s day, 2017; the 50th Premier League derby and 279th in all, won by goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi. Anthony Taylor booked Emre Can, Tom Davies, Ross Barkley and Ashley Williams.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10

Yellows: 40 Reds: 4[/quote_box_right]

An even more memorable occasion, however, was the 4-4 FA Cup 5th round replay that prompted Kenny Dalglish’s resignation in February, 1991. Neil Midgley, a native of a town but a few miles further north than Taylor, was in charge as three players scored two goals each: Graeme Sharp, substitute Tony Cottee and Peter Beardsley, while Ian Rush and John Barnes chipped in with the one. Watch out for replays of this classic ahead of next month’s third round clash.

Gary Ablett, Nicky Barmby, Peter Beardsley, David Johnson, Kevin Sheedy, David Burrows, Don Hutchison, Sander Westerveld and Abel Xavier have all played for both clubs and today it’s 4th versus 10th and Sadio versus Ousmane, or Mane versus Niasse, just to be clear.

The Senagalese strikers hardly need to wait for derby day to discuss their prospects in the same group as Poland, Colombia and Japan come season’s end, but they will both hope to catch the eye without having to come off the bench to do so.

Craig Pawson was on Europa League duty in Austria on Thursday with Lee Betts and Adam Nunn, all of whom will have flown home licking their lips at their Sunday lunchtime menu.

Michael Oliver

Manchester United v Manchester City | 10/12 | 4.30pm

Assistants: G Beswick & S Bennett
Fourth official: Jon Moss

The first meeting in the red half of town, before it was the red half, came in January, 1895, and Newton Heath won the Division Two fixture at Bank Street, Clayton, 4-1.

In the last league clash at Old Trafford, won 2-1 by City, the visitors threatened to run away with the game in the first half only for a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike to reduce the arrears following goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho. Claudio Bravo, making his City debut, was arguably fortunate that Mark Clattenburg kept him on the pitch, the Chilean having misread a ball flighted into the box and tangling with Wayne Rooney.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Michael Oliver:

Matches in 2017/18: 13 (9 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 49 Reds: 2[/quote_box_right]

United won 1-0 in the EFL Cup soon afterwards with a Juan Mata goal, when Mike Dean was in charge, yet the rivalry between the former Barcelona translator/Real Madrid coach and one of Catalunya’s most celebrated sons is unlikely to be put to bed by a single result or a single trophy for that matter, however long it takes.

Sammy McIlroy, Peter Bodak, Owen Hargreaves, Peter Schmeichel, Andrei Kanchelskis, Carlos Tevez, Peter Barnes, Brian Kidd, Denis Law, Terry Cooke, Andy Cole, Wyn Davies and Billy Meredith played for both but it all started with Bob Milarvie, a Scot, in 1890. With Victorian etiquette at its height, you’d think he’d have known better, yet, in 1890/91, Bob played for Manchester United and then transferred to play for City from 1891 until 1896.

Matt Busby managed one and played for the other, as did Mark Hughes and Steve Coppell. Ernest Mangnall was the only manager ever to manage both United and City, however, while David Platt played for United at every level bar the first team and joined Roberto Mancini’s staff as City’s assistant manager in 2009.

Michael Oliver was in the Netherlands on Wednesday with assistant Simon Bennett ahead of this late Sunday afternoon kick-off, while fourth official Jon Moss performed the same role for Craig Pawson on Thursday.

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