Premier League referees in Week 18 | 16th December 17 - 18th December 17

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For Matchday 18 we are arguably only missing Mike Dean and Neil Swarbrick from a full-strength SG1 line-up, although a fit and in-form Bobby Madley also shares the natural ability to make himself undroppable by now, too.

Mike Jones misses out here, and his recent appearance in the Championship at Hillsborough did little to convince YATR’s Keith Hackett that he rates his SG1 status, having delivered an “inconsistent performance” and missed a nailed-on penalty award.

On the positive side, the YATR team are unanimous in acknowledging the strides taken by Chris Kavanagh, who this weekend continues his spell under the snowy spotlight at the Amex stadium.

Martin AtkinsonLeicester City v Crystal Palace

Assistants: P Kirkup
& A Holmes
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss

It’s way less than two years since both graced Wembley, the home side as Premier League Champions and the visitors as FA Cup finalists, yet both clubs have changed coach multiple times since and once each this season. Thus each will gladly forego any medals to be sure of survival in 2018, even if midweek wins may have raised short-term expectations higher than that.


All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 32 Reds: 3


Their first ever meeting ended 2-0 on April Fools day, 1922 at Filbert Street, and the last, in October, 2016, ended 3-1, with the home side once again victorious. Michael Oliver cautioned nobody, while Leicester’s goals were supplied by Christian Fuchs, with his first, Ahmed Musa and Shinji Okazaki. Yohan Cabaye scored for Palace.

Jeffrey Schlupp, Paul Dickov and Peter Taylor are among the connections, and while the versatile Schlupp is expected to feature for the visitors against his former club today, future England caretaker boss Taylor played for Palace, and England, long before taking his place in the dug-out as Leicester manager between 2000 and 2001.

Martin Atkinson takes this early Saturday kick-off for Sky Sports having refereed West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Leicester in November but Eagles fans are most likely to recall his presence at Wembley when they secured promotion after extra time against Watford in 2013, a game notable, to the neutral at least, for substitute Kevin Phillips’s winning penalty and a tally of seven yellow cards.

Stuart AttwellArsenal v Newcastle United

S Long & M Wilkes
Fourth official: Mike Dean

The Magpies have a far from scruffy record in North London, and the years 1987, 1994, 1997, 2001 and 2010 are all memorable for one reason or another from a Geordie point of view.

In 1987 Paul Goddard stole three points at Highbury, under Willie McFaul, and Kevin Keegan’s 1994 side repeated the dose with strikes from Ruel Fox, Peter Beardsley and a Martin Keown own goal. Kenny Dalglish was next, thanks to a winner from Robbie Elliott, and Sir Bobby Robson was in charge when Newcastle departed 3-1 victors in 2001, Ray Parlour and Craig Bellamy having been sent off.


All you need to know about Stuart Attwell:

Matches in 2017/18: 6 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8

Yellows: 21 Reds: 1


Chris Hughton saw Andy Carroll rise to the occasion for Newcastle’s last Emirates win, yet in between these happy away days lay Wembley humiliation as Arsenal sealed the Double in 1998 by winning the FA Cup Final at a canter.

Andy Cole was sold to Newcastle after turning a Bristol City loan into a move, but arguably the owner of a higher profile put together than Cole, Sol Campbell and another, who moved from north to south more recently, Mathieu Debuchy, combined, was George Eastham, in 1960.

The inside forward played for Newcastle from 1956 to 1960, transferring to Arsenal that year. He had to go on strike for eight months to get his move, and in six seasons at Highbury this ‘player power’ pioneer clocked up 19 England caps.

This fixture was in fact Arsenal’s first ever league game, taking place in September, 1893 at the Manor Ground, and ending 2-2.

Fast forward to the last meeting, in January, 2016 and Arsenal emerged as 1-0 winners thanks to a Laurent Koscielny goal, as Anthony Taylor cautioned Mathieu Flamini, Mesut Ozil, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback.

Stuart Attwell has refereed two Newcastle wins so far this season, but it’s a good six years since he took Arsenal’s Premier League home draw with  Wolves, when he showed a straight red to the visitors’ Nenad Milijas.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley

Assistants: C Hatzidakis
& M McDonough
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

Should the high-flying visitors pull off yet another win in what is potentially their best Premier League season by far, they will level up the all-time tallies between these clubs, as they stand at ten draws; 10 Brighton wins and nine for Burnley.

Past players from both camps include Ade Akinbiyi, Paul McDonald, Ian Muir, Eric Potts, Dean Bowditch, Dave Smith, Steve Penney, Kurt Nogan, Willie Irvine, Keith Lowe, Ronnie Welch, Gary Rowell, Gifton Noel-Williams, Dave Smith, Harry Wilson, and currently Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and Shane Duffy, whose solitary Burnley appearance on loan from Everton in 2011 came… against Brighton!


All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:

Matches in 2017/18: 5 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 14 Reds: 0


The first meeting between these clubs ended 3-3 in the FA Cup 4th round, January 1961, Burnley winning the replay 2-0.

The last came in the Championship in April, 2016 and ended 2-2 this time. Dale Stephens, Anthony Knockaert, Andre Gray and Michael Keane supplied the goals and Craig Pawson cautioned only Brighton’s David Stockdale.

Chris Kavanagh has refereed both sides once before this season: Brighton’s 3-1 win over West Brom and Burnley’s stalemate at home to Huddersfield.

Roger East

Chelsea v Southampton

Assistants: I Hussin
& S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

Just a few of the many to have played in the colours of both clubs are Kerry Dixon, Ken Monkou, Peter Osgood, David Speedie, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Jack Cork and Graeme Le Saux, while George Thomas, founding Chelsea director, built and owned the Dell, which was the visitors’ home prior to their move to St Mary’s.


All you need to know about Roger East:

Matches in 2017/18: 7 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 11

Yellows: 24 Reds: 1


The first encounter at the Bridge came in the FA Cup, ending in a 0-0 draw back in 1923. The last ended 4-2 last season, in April, 2017. Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa (two) provided the home side’s goals and former Blues Romeu and Bertrand replied. Referee Lee Mason cautioned Dusan Tadic, Romeu, Cesc Fabregas and Ngolo Kante.

Roger East refereed a Saints win, a draw and a loss last season but has not come across them this, while his last Chelsea appointment was their 4-1 win at Bournemouth in April, 2016. Bobby Madley, the fourth official, saw Saints only last week, when he took charge of their draw against Arsenal.

Graham Scott

Stoke City v West Ham United

Assistants: R West
& M Perry
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

After notching 242 goals in 500 West Ham games and arriving at the Victoria Ground for £80,000, where he would spend three seasons and score 30 goals in 108 games, Geoff Hurst is without doubt the most famous name to play for both clubs, while Lou Macari managed both.

Then there’s Glen Johnson, Matt Etherington, Lee Chapman, Steve Banks, Paul Allen, Frank Richardson, Lawrie Leslie, Bob Dixon and Nicky Morgan, while Abdoulaye Faye was also a star for both. Clive Clarke, Luke Chadwick, John Carew, Henri Camara, Danny Collins and Matthew Upson complete the list.


All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 9 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 7

Yellows: 16 Reds: 1


The first ever encounter was recorded in December, 1911, ending 4-2 to the Potters in the Southern League First Division, and the last came in April, 2017, when Lee Probert cautioned only Marc Muniesa during a scoreless draw.

Today sees a former Manchester City manager (Hughes of Stoke) take on a former Manchester United manager (Moyes of West Ham) with points and goals at a premium despite occasional glimpses of form in wins over Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

Graham Scott has taken neither a Stoke nor a West Ham fixture so far this term. He refereed West Ham’s win at Southampton last season, but Stoke have not been the subject of his beady eye since a win at Bournemouth in April, 2016.

Michael OliverWatford v Huddersfield Town

S Bennett & D Cook
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

Former team-mates at Derby County, Tom Ince, 25, and Will Hughes, 22, could go head to head in this 27th ever meeting between the sides. Ince has the most shots without scoring in the Premier League this term, and will envy the start made by Hughes, who has notched twice in just four Premier League starts.


All you need to know about Michael Oliver:

Matches in 2017/18: 14 (10 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3

Yellows: 55 Reds: 2


The first ever encounter between these clubs did not take place until September, 1969. That Division Two clash ended 1-1, while the last meeting was in August, 2014. Watford won that Championship fixture 4-2 thanks to goals from Troy Deeney, Almen Abdi (two) and Keith Andrews. Harry Bunn and Murray Wallace scored for the Terriors, while referee Neil Swarbrick showed the visitors five yellow cards and Watford four (including two and a red) for Romanian defender, Gabriel Tamas.

Michael Oliver, who followed universal praise at Old Trafford by holding the board at Turf Moor,  has taken a home defeat and an away draw featuring Watford but this is his first Huddersfield appointment this season. In fact, he has to trawl the memory banks for Wigan’s FA Cup run of 2013 for anything at all featuring the Terriers, and a 4-1 5th round home defeat, when he cautioned substitute James Vaughan and Callum McManaman.

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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Assistants: L Betts
& A Nunn
Fourth official: Lee Mason

The Etihad is the venue for this late Saturday kick-off for BT, while the live TV fare 36 and a half years previously was provided by the same clubs at Wembley and presided over by YATR’s own Keith Hackett. Spurs won the FA Cup with a replay victory inspired by the Argentinian, Ricky Villa.

Paul Stewart, Clive Allen, Bert Sproston, Vedran Corluka, Neil McNab, Paul Walsh, Clive Wilson and Emmanuel Adebayor represent a small selection of the players to have graced both clubs’ payrolls.


All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 13 (9 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 11

Yellows: 44 Reds: 4


This being the 154th meeting, the first ever resulted in a 4-3 Spurs away victory in the FA Cup first round, in January, 1909, at Hyde Road.

The last encounter ended 2-2, when Andre Marriner booked Kevin Wimmer, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama plus Aleksandar Kolarov and Nicolas Otamendi. The goals came from Leroy Sane, Kevin de Bruyne, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son in Harry Kane’s 100th Premier League appearance.

Having left a fuming Jurgen Klopp behind him, Craig Pawson escaped to fourth official duties at the London Stadium in midweek, while his own fourth official today, Lee Mason, arguably endured just as torrid a time, albeit his was self-inflicted, at Selhurst Park in midweek as Pawson did at Anfield.

Pawson has refereed both a home win and an away win for City this season, but has not taken a Spurs game until today. His last Tottenham fixture was a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth, 14 months ago.

Anthony TaylorWest Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

S Child & H Lennard
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

This Sunday afternoon kick-off for the benefit of the Sky Sports cameras represents the 131st meeting between these two clubs.

Remi Moses, Bryan Robson, Ben Foster, Johnny Giles, Mick Martin, Romelu Lukaku, Darren Fletcher, Laurie Cunningham, Ronnie Wallwork, Michael Appleton and Peter Barnes are among those to have played for either side. Giles, nurtured and sold by Matt Busby, also managed the Baggies, while Ron Atkinson managed both. Bryan Robson famously won West Brom’s relegation battle as boss in 2005, and his namesake Pop was a Baggies player and United youth coach, while former United centre-forward, the Hull-born Stuart Pearson, briefly acted as caretaker manager at the Hawthorns, too, as did Michael Appleton, now assistant at Leicester.


All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 42 Reds: 0


The first time the sides met was in Division One in October, 1892, ending in a 0-0 draw at Stoney Lane. The last time in the Midlands ended 2-0 to United in December, 2016, when today’s referee cautioned Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon, Chris Brunt, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jesse Lingard and Marcos Rojo. Both United goals came from Ibrahimovic.

Altrincham FC’s most famous fan since Frank Sidebottom, Taylor, was in charge for West Brom’s September draw with Stoke at the Hawthorns, as well as Manchester United’s November defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Bournemouth v Liverpool

S Beck & S Ledger
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

While Jordon Ibe (2012-2016) and Aussie Brad Smith (2013-2016) used to play for today’s visitors, the England international Adam Lallana started out as a youngster on the Cherries’ books.

In this, only the 12th ever meeting, Eddie Howe will no doubt continue his 41st year once again attempting to consolidate his employers’ status by holding fast to a style of football rarely seen in the kind of basement scraps with which they currently must contend.


All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (9 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 31 Reds: 2


With ten years on his English rival, Jurgen Klopp has no problem satisfying the football purists himself, yet his team’s propensity for poor defensive decisions has undoubtedly given critics a mighty stick with which to beat him.

The first ever meeting between the clubs came in Dorset and it ended 1-1 in an FA Cup 3rd round tie in January, 1927. The last one down there was in December, 2016, ending 4-3 to Bournemouth as Bobby Madley cautioned Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, Jack Wilshere and Benik Afobe during the home side’s first ever win over Liverpool. Goals from Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake overcame those from Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Can.

Prior to being appointed to control this televised late Sunday afternoon encounter, Andre Marriner refereed Liverpool’s Wembley capitulation to Spurs in October, but the last time he took a Bournemouth game was in April, last season, at the Vitality, when Chelsea won 3-1.

Everton v Swansea City

Assistants: E Smart
& A Halliday
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

The month of May saw Swansea finally sneak out of last season’s Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Everton courtesy of Fernando Llorente’s goal at the Liberty, but the corresponding fixture at Goodison ended 1-1 to deny Bob Bradley a first Premier League win in November, 2016.


All you need to know about Jon Moss:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 7

Yellows: 39 Reds: 1


Martin Atkinson was particularly busy, taking the names of Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Kyle Naughton and Mo Barrow. The goals came from a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty and Seamus Coleman’s equaliser.

Since then Sigurdsson has joined Ashley Williams on Merseyside. Now try adding the former manager of both to the mix, the Spaniard Roberto Martinez, plus lifelong Evertonian and cult Swansea hero Lee Trundle as contenders for the title of most emblematic connection between the clubs. Following a £45m summer saga, we certainly know who cost the most.

This is only the 28th ever meeting between Toffees and Swans, the first having taken place in September, 1930 and ending in a Division Two 5-1 home win at Goodison Park.

Jon Moss was appointed to this Monday night Sky game having refereed Everton’s home defeat to Burnley and their defeat at Chelsea this season, as well as Swansea’s home defeat to Manchester United on Matchday One.

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