Huddersfield born referee Andrew Madley has been appointed to his first Premier League game this weekend for Bournemouth’s visit Watford.
Andrew, the older brother of Select Group 1 Referee Robert Madley, was included in the first set of Select Group 2 referees at the start of 16/17 which sees him primarily referee in the Championship, but will now finally get his first taste of action in the top tier.
You Are The Ref has long been an advocate for the promotion of Andrew to the Premier League and Mark Halsey was glad to hear of the news: “Andrew is one of the most talented referees on Select Group 2 and for me this news should have come earlier this season. I’m pleased for him because he’s the one who is most deserving and I’d even go as far as saying he’s actually a better referee than his brother Bobby.”
This weekend will be the first time two brothers have refereed in the Premier League on the same day with Bobby Madley taking charge of Manchester United’s fixture against Swansea at the same time on Saturday.
Andrew becomes the second SG2 referee this season to step up following Simon Hooper’s return to the top tier eight weeks ago when he refereed Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, and Halsey is confident the 34 year old will be a success: “He has the talent to exceed at the highest level without doubt. He’s a talented referee and I’m relieved the PGMOL have finally given him a chance, my only concern is that this should have come a long time ago.
“It’s always difficult to referee during the business end of the season and this will be a tough test for him. Bournmeouth and Watford are still not yet at the 40 point mark and will be desperate to get there sooner rather than later, so Andrew may well have a battle on his hands.”
Everyone at You Are The Ref wishes Andrew well in his first game.