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Ref Assessor - Update

Ref Assessor

April 17 2006

The Longside brings and updated Ref Assessor for the rest of the season, with the referee for the game against Crystal Palace announced.

  April Ref Assessor - Update


Our match away at Hull City on the 15th will be refereed by Darren Drysdale. We can only hope that he improves on his performance from earlier this year, when he was the referee for our trip to Cardiff. In what was a fussy performance it left Steve Cotterill commenting, "The referee has refereed the game fantastically well for Cardiff this afternoon. It was a poor referring performance."

The match against Cardiff is his only Burnley match to date. On that occasion he booked Boland from the home side, and McGreal and Akinbiyi for the Clarets. His card count this season is roughly four cautions a game.

Drysdale was promoted to the National List of assistants in 1996, and was promoted to the Premier League assistant list in 1998. In 2000 he was added to the FIFA list of assistant referees. Also in 2000 he was an assistant in the FA Cup final. He was promoted to the football league referee list in 2004.

Our referee for our final match away this season at Millwall will be Clive Penton. This will be the second time he will have taken charge of the Clarets this season as he was at Carrow Road in December for our match against Norwich. He booked three players on that occasion (Ashton, Safri and Charlton) but it was felt that the crowd influenced him on that occasion. That is certainly not a good sign for a referee about to head to what could be a very important match at Millwall.

Penton was also in charge of our previous trip to Carrow Road, and on that occasion Stan was left claiming the referee had missed a banged to rights penalty. Mr Penton became a football league assistant referee in 1997, and in 2000 was promoted to the premierships assistants list, officiating in one of the FA Cups semi-finals that year. In 2001 he joined the football-leagues referee list.

The referee for our match against Crystal Palace will be select group referee Mike Dean. Dean was recently appointed to be the referee at this year's FA Cup Final. He was a referee who did like to use his cards a lot, although he has calmed down over recent years.

This season he has refereed 34 games, with 103 yellow cards and 9 red cards. He will be the referee for Arsenal v West Brom this weekend. Last season he had 66 yellow cards from 24 games, while he used his red card 7 times.


He has refereed a number of Burnley games, and his most recent was for the visit of Leeds United earlier this season. In truth he had a poor game on that occasion and got little right. However apart from that we have had very little problem with Dean.


Last season he had a very good game in the FA Cup derby match at home to Blackburn. That was his last match of the season however as he was suspended because of his involvement with a racehorse owners club.


Dean witnessed 18 goals in the three Burnley games he refereed in the 2003/04 season. He was the referee for out 4-2 win over Ipswich, while he saw us lose at Preston in a game which had 8 goals, and he also witnessed our 4-0 victory over Bradford City.


His one Burnley match in the 2002/03 season was also against Bradford, this time away from Turf Moor in a match which left Burnley fans and Bradford fans furious. Burnley fans were left furious at us throwing a 2-1 lead away against 9 men. While the Bradford manager Nicky Laws was fuming at being down to 9 men! They were reduced to 9 men following the dismissals of Mark Bower and Danny Cadamarteri.


Mike Dean was promoted to football league referees list in 1997, joining the Premiership list in 2000. In 2003 he was promoted to the FIFA list of referees. He was the referee at the FA Trophy Final in 2004, while in the same season he was the referee for Arsenalís 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Community Shield. As well as being this season's FA Cup Final referee he was also the fourth official to Graham Barber in 2003.


Dean will be assisted by Mr Gary Kellet, and Mr Shaun Procter-Green. The fourth official will be Lancashire based Neil Swarbrick.

The referee for our final match at home against Luton Town will be Russell Booth. This is his second season on the football league list and this will be the first time he has refereed a Clarets match.

During his spell on the football league list he has been averaging around 3 cautions a match. The slightly worrying thing is that as of mid-March he has yet to take charge of a Championship match. In fact he has so far only taken charge of two Championship matches and they came last season.

Mr. Booth was 4th official in the FA Youth Cup in 2003 and also in the Pontin's cup final in 2004. This will be the first time he has taken charge of a Burnley match.


All appointments are subject to change.


Many thanks as always to the Ref Assessor.

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