Premier League referees in Week 12 | 18th November 17 - 20th November 17

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Now we know who will be participating in Russia and none of them under the watchful eye of an English referee next summer, it’s back to the cut and thrust of Premier League action.

Arsene Wenger’s words may once again have singled out an individual referee on Matchday 11, but his most withering criticism implied that there has been a decline in the standard of officiating in general.

One unofficial Arsenal website goes so far as to quote a statistician claiming Arsenal have won 60% of games without Mike Dean in charge and 26% with him!

Funnily enough, Wenger wasn’t too happy last season, either, when our own Mark Clattenburg took his farewell north London derby and awarded Spurs a penalty, without which Arsenal would have led the Premier League. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose…

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur | 18/11 | 12.30

Assistants: I Hussin & E Smart
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

While Harry Kane famously trained with Arsenal as a kid, Pat Jennings, Terry Neill, William Gallas, Steve Walford, Sol Campbell, Clive Allen, Emmanuel Adebayor and David Bentley all played for both first teams, while George Graham and Neill managed both.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Mike Dean:
Matches in 2017/18: 8 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6
Yellows: 28 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
The last three Premier League encounters at the Emirates have ended 1-1: Michael Oliver booking nine in 2014; Erik Lamela being Martin Atkinson’s sole caution in 2015, and in 2016, when Kane emerged as Spurs’ highest Premier League scorer against Arsenal, it took a Kevin Wimmer o.g., or “but contre son camp”, as Arsenal’s boss might have put it, to ensure honours were shared.

Laurent Koscielny, Wimmer and Eric Dier were booked in Mark Clattenburg’s north London Adieu.
This 194th meeting comes a mere 121 years after the very first, in November, 1896, when Woolwich Arsenal won 2-1 in the United League at the Manor Ground, Plumstead.

Mike Dean takes a neighbourly lunchtime clash between 6th and 3rd having been on duty for the first Premier League game of the season, which also took place at the Emirates, and was won 4-3 by Arsenal against Leicester.

Lee Probert

Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town | 18/11 | 15.00

Assistants: A Garratt & D Eaton
Fourth official: Steve Martin

It’s the clash of north and south; 17th versus 10th and good, old-fashioned stripes, even though this fixture has little to offer the serious historian.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Probert:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 2 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
Bournemouth won 4-0 away in their promotion season, but only drew 1-1 at home against the Terriers on Valentines Day, 2015. The referee that day, Gavin Ward, may have thought love was indeed in the air as he only cautioned Harry Arter, while the goals were provided by Yann Kormorgant and James Vaughan.
The very first meeting was a festive fixture which took place as recently as 1973, won 1-0 by the Cherries at Dean Court in Division Three.

Isle of Wight-born former player and soldier Lee Bradbury led Bournemouth to the two-legged 2011 League One play-off semi-final against Huddersfield which finished 3–3 after extra time, and Huddersfield went through to the final by winning the penalty shoot-out, only to lose to Posh.

Benik Afobe joined that Huddersfield side, initially on loan for a month, at the end of 2010. He made his debut as a substitute the same night, coming on in the 64th minute for Joe Garner in the 2–0 win over Wednesday at Hillsborough. Afobe’s goals were to earn him four MOTM awards on the way to Wembley, ending with eight goals in 32 appearances before he returned to his parent club, Arsenal. He joined Bournemouth from Wolves in 2016.

Martin Crainie played three games for Bournemouth on loan from Southampton all the way back in 2004, while Scott Malone made 16 AFCB appearances before heading for the door and a Millwall swap deal involving Josh McQuoid that proved a sour note to leave the Cherries on. Both currently grace the squad of David Wagner.

Australian Aaron Mooy will hook up with two countrymen in Brad Smith and Adam Federici, while this is Lee Probert’s fifth ever engagement in Bournemouth and his second in the Premier League. The first came in May, when the home side defeated Burnley 2-1.

Probert is clearly on the road to recovery, notes Keith Hackett, following that long injury lay-off, but he still finds himself exposed when there is a fast break-out and he struggles to maintain contact with the game.

Martin Atkinson

Burnley v Swansea City | 18/11 | 15.00

Assistants: S Child & P Kirkup
Fourth official: Lee Mason

While an English coach is pitted against a fellow English coach, one of the few players they have in common has only just returned from England duty.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:
Matches in 2017/18: 6 (4 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 14 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Jack Cork only left the Liberty Stadium in the summer just gone, and turned out for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics as a Southampton player. Having come through Chelsea’s youth system, and spent two years there with Swansea manager Paul Clement, Cork also played for Bournemouth, Scunthorpe, Watford, Coventry and Burnley on loan before that permanent move to St Mary’s in 2011.

The first meeting between the clubs was in Division Two and ended up 2-2 in October, 1930. The last one in Lancashire ended 1-0 on last season’s opening day and Jon Moss, besides showing yellows to David Jones Stephen Ward. Matt Lowton, Jordi Amat and Federico Fernandez, managed to annoy Sean Dyche by not awarding a penalty for a foul on Michael Keane.

Martin Atkinson will be looking to put recent injury concerns behind him and maintain his reputation as our most consistent referee.

Taylor and Oliver will certainly have to deliver some massive performances in order for Pierluigi Collina, as head of UEFA Referees, is to decide they are good enough for that elevation to the FIFA place Atkinson gives up next month.

Anthony TaylorCrystal Palace v Everton | 18/11 | 15.00

Assistants: G Beswick & A Nunn
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

The very first time these clubs met was in an FA Cup tie in March, 1907, with honours even at 1-1 and Everton winning the replay 4-0.
Sixty-two years later they met twice in Division One, and it has been far more regular since, with the latest instalment won by a Seamus Coleman goal in January.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:
Matches in 2017/18: 7 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 27 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

Only Mason Holgate was booked by Anthony Taylor in a game where Jeffrey Schlupp attempted to roll back onto the pitch for one of last season’s strangest sights.

Players in common include Andy Johnson, Nigel Martyn, Marcus Bent and current Democratic Republic of Congo winger, Yannick Bolasie.

When the fixtures were published this looked for all the world like a clash between Dutch coaches, since when, of course, Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman have been shown the door.

Davy Klaassen and two substitutes he came up against last May, when he played for Ajax, would presumably rather talk about last season’s Europa League Final than Everton’s Europa League showing this season, with Rooney having come off Manchester United’s bench and Fosu-Mensah, now on loan at Palace, having stayed put during their 2-0 win.

Anthony Taylor was England’s most recent referee in European competition, having taken this team to Greece to oversee the visit of Barcelona, with the exception of Craig Pawson instead of Marriner as his fourth official.

Graham Scott

Leicester City v Manchester City | 18/11 | 15.00

Assistants: R West & S Ledger
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

The last time Manchester City lost was in April, in the FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal at Wembley, and to Chelsea three weeks previously in the Premier League.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Graham Scott:
Matches in 2017/18: 5 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 9 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
This is match number 114 between these two, and the first came in March, 1865, when the Foxes won 3-1 in Division Two with goals from Hughes, McArthur and Gordon.

There was also the 1969 FA Cup Final, refereed by George McCabe, won by a first-half goal stroked by Neil Young past the Foxes’ Peter Shilton.

Last season, the lighter-blue City lost 4-2 in February and then put the record straight by winning 2-1 in May at the Etihad.

Neil Lennon spent 1987 to 1990 at Maine Road as a youth, going on to play for Crewe before winning two League Cup winner’s medals with Leicester under Martin O’Neill, himself a former Maine Road midfield favourite.

Paul Dickov, Gerry Taggart, Kelechi Iheanacho, Dickson Etuhu and Danny Tiatto played for both teams, while Jason Wilcox, who played for Leicester between 2004 and 2006, is now the under-18s academy manager at MCFC.

Sven Goran Eriksson managed both clubs with precious little success, while Gary Megson was a Manchester City player and all too briefly a Leicester manager.

Graham Scott has made encouraging SG1 progress this season, only to miss a couple of clear penalty shouts when Doncaster Rovers faced Rotherham in League One last week, according to YATR’s Keith Hackett, Mark Halsey and Dean Mohareb.

Liverpool v Southampton | 18/11 | 15.00

Assistants: H Lennard & M Scholes
Fourth official: Michael Oliver

Jurgen Klopp was reported to be lining up a bid for Sammy Saint by Bristolian wit, Mark Watson, on the BBC’s Premier League show, precise playing position unknown. It certainly surprised many when Virgil van Dijk failed to take the well-worn road from Hampshire to Merseyside in the summer.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Mike Jones:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8
Yellows: 16 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
Feeder clubs have supplied less talent, and although England internationals Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are currently injured, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert have all moved to Anfield from St Mary’s in recent years with mixed results.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino was cup-tied for Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win, by the way, having turned out in the same competition for Valencia before being signed from Rafa Benitez’s previous club earlier in the season.

Old-timer Tom Robertson (see Brighton versus Stoke, below), Peter Crouch, Jamie Redknapp, Mark Walters, Lambert, Lallana, Clyne, Lovren, Mane, Kevin Keegan, Jimmy Case, Bruce Grobbelaar, and Paul Jones (on loan) have all pulled on the colours of both clubs, with Graeme Souness having managed both after playing for Liverpool, too, between 1978 and 1984.

Van Dijk’s tug on Firmino’s shirt outside the box in the reverse fixture was, coincidentally, a hot topic at the same stage of last season, before talk of a move turned serious. When the teams met again at Anfield, Fraser Forster pushed his luck by putting James Milner off his missed penalty.

The clubs’ first seven meetings were in the FA Cup, the first being a thumping 4-1 Saints win, while
the first league meeting at Anfield was also won by Southampton in Division Two thanks to Dunfermline-born George O’Brien’s strike in August, 1960.

It’s a rare weekend without a game for Michael Oliver as Mike Jones takes this late Saturday kick-off pitting 5th against 13th place in the Premier League. Jones frankly lacks consistency, observes Keith, and appears to panic when he hs to make big calls.

There should be no shortage of those to test him today, and the odds are on him delivering something worthy of comment on the Ref Show come Monday, so we’ll see!

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea | 18/11 | 15.00

Assistants: S Bennett & A Halliday
Fourth official: Geoff Eltringham

Harry Johnson’s instrumental the Liquidator, covered latterly by Special AKA and Spurs fan Jah Wobble, will make familiar pre-match listening for visiting supporters today.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Jonathan Moss:
Matches in 2017/18: 8 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 26 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
The classic single has been played by both clubs since the days when Bobby Gould played for the Baggies. Gould went on to act as caretaker manager at Stamford Bridge in 1981 and at the Hawthorns a decade later.

Steve Clarke and Roberto di Matteo had similar experiences, with the latter finally delivering the Champions League for Roman Abramovich in 2012. Romelu Lukaku and Nicolas Anelka, meanwhile, played up front for both clubs.

The first Hawthorns meeting came in January, 1906, ending in a 1-1 draw, and last May, in a game won 0-1 by Chelsea to clinch Antonio Conte’s title in his first season.

Jon Moss stood in for Bobby Madley on Matchday 11 but returns to the middle in his own right. Besides his eight Premier League games he has also refereed Burton versus Villa and Birmingham versus Brentford in the Championship and Blackpool versus Portsmouth in League One this season.

Craig Pawson

Manchester United v Newcastle United | 18/11 | 17.30

Assistants: L Betts & C Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

The home side are on 37 unbeaten and counting in all competitions at Old Trafford as Craig Pawson steps up to take this late Saturday kick-off for the TV cameras.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Craig Pawson:
Matches in 2017/18: 9 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8
Yellows: 31 Reds: 3[/quote_box_right]
Two former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Internazionale coaches go into battle once more and the facts show that, as interim Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez had an enviable spell against Manchester United, defeating them albeit with the need of a replay in the FA Cup quarter-finals and winning 1-0 at Old Trafford in Sir Alex Ferguson’s penultimate home Premier League game, well after it was confirmed Benitez would be leaving the post, and Mourinho would be coming back.

Andy Cole, Keith Gillespie, Alan ‘Bamber’ Gowling, Giuseppe Rossi (on loan in 2006), David McCreery, Wyn Davies, Gabriel Obertan, Albert Scanlon, Peter Beardsley, Liam O’Brien and Danny Simpson are some of the players to have represented both clubs.

Charlie Mitten played in Manchester and managed in Newcastle, in between earning himself a kind of infamy by taking up a contract to play in Bogota.

The 1999 FA Cup Final (refereed by Peter Jones) and 1996 Charity Shield (by Paul Durkin), as it was then, were contested by these clubs and both were won by Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

The first time the clubs met in Manchester was in April, 1895, ending 5-1 to Newton Heath (aka MUFC) thanks to doubles from both Smith and Cassidy plus an own goal, with Charles Dickson supplying the consolation at Bank Street.

The last time these sides met in the Premier League at Old Trafford it was 0-0 and Craig Pawson was also in charge. As well as disallowing a Wayne Rooney goal, the South Yorkshire official cautioned Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Massadio Haidara and Obertan.

Andre Marriner

Watford v West Ham United | 19/11 | 16.00

Assistants: S Beck & S Long
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

The clubs have Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami, now at Udinese and still celebrating the prospect of another World Cup Finals, in common.

To his name you can add Mauro Zarate, Ted Hufton, David James, Perry Suckling, Manuel Almunia, Jack Rutherford, Joe Webster, Jon Harley, Calum Davenport, David Noble, Lucas Neill, Chris Powell, Henri Lansbury, Alan Devonshire, Alessandro Diamanti, Stuart Slater, Jobi McAnuff, Jimmy Lindsay, Joe Blythe, Jimmy Carr, Mark Robson, Carl Fletcher. David Connolly, Roger Hugo and Billy Jennings.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Andre Marriner:
Matches in 2017/18: 8 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6
Yellows: 19 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]

Len Goulden played for West Ham and managed Watford, while Malky Mackay played for both clubs and went on to manage the Hornets. Gianfranco Zola has managed both.

The first meeting was in November 1898: a 0-0 draw in the Southern League, Second Division. Last time they met, in February, Michail Antonio received a second yellow from Craig Pawson and with it his first ever professional dismissal for deliberate handball late in the game. Andre Ayew’s 100th Premier League goal under Slaven Bilic equalised Troy Deeney’s third-minute penalty, awarded for a foul on Mauro Zarate.

Watford have happy memories of Andre Marriner, because, as well as draws at Southampton and Chelsea and a win over Newcastle two seasons ago, he was in charge when they knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup in 2016, on a Sunday, and all!

Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City | 20/11 | 20.00

Assistants: A Holmes & M Wilkes
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

If Brighton fans can claim their own runway, Stoke’s could at least parry with their own motorway, given the Britannia’s proximity to the M6.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Mason:
Matches in 2017/18: 6 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6
Yellows: 13 Reds: 1 [/quote_box_right]
The visitors are arguably still waiting for their season to take off, having stabilised somewhat following a dismal start. It has been some time since they made this trip, and the last league meeting fell in April, 2006.

Kevin Wright was the man in the middle for this 5-1 away win, and he only cautioned home goalkeeper Wayne Henderson very early on at the Withdean. Doug Loft hit a late consolation after an Adam Rooney hat-trick plus one each from Mamady Sidibe and Peter Sweeney.

The sides’ actual last meeting was in the FA Cup 5th round, Poyet v Pulis, and finished 3-0 at the Britannia to Stoke. John Carew, Jon Walters and Ryan Shawcross grabbed all first-half goals, while it was a yellow card for Jermaine Pennant and Marc Wilson and none for the visitors from referee Howard Webb.

Scottish full-back Tom Robertson enjoyed two spells at Stoke, and finished his career at Brighton, having won titles at Liverpool and Southampton around the turn of the 20th century. Welsh international Mickey Thomas on the other hand, far from taking to the area enough to open his own pub as did Robertson, could not wait to disappear back up north just as soon as his little legs could carry him.

Steve Sidwell, Gifton Noel Williams and Diego Arismendi have also represented both teams, and Matthew Upson moved to the seaside from the Potteries in 2013.

This is Lee Mason’s first trial by TV of the season and it pits 8th against 14th. His last Stoke game was the 2-0 defeat at Leicester on April Fools Day. His last Brighton game was also last season, when they lost 2-0 at Elland Road on their way to winning the Championship.

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