Scan the Boxing Day horizon for Capello, Keegan, Hoddle and Sven, as, Premier League-wise, it’s shaping up to be the season of the rehabilitated England manager. In addition to the exploits of Hodgson and Allardyce at Palace and Everton respectively, even former Three Lions caretaker boss Stuart Pearce is enjoying an upturn in fortunes as one of David Moyes’s West Ham wing men. Talking of Glenn Hoddle…

Graham Scott
Graham Scott is one of three injured Select Group referees

Tottenham Hotspur  v Southampton

Assistants: P Kirkup
& C Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Craig Pawson


Hoddle is not the only man to have managed both; just ask Harry Redknapp and the current Spurs incumbent, who faces a fellow Argentinian as well as a fellow Mauricio at Wembley today. David Howells and John Gorman have also popped up in a variety of positions and the former is now sampling the dreamy spires of Charterhouse as head coach.

All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 10
Yellows:19 Reds: 1

Southampton-born Martin Chivers is regarded as a favourite son of both clubs, having notched 96 goals for Saints and 118 for Spurs. Gareth Bale too, if Dean Richards less so, while current Spurs players Victor Wanyama, Paolo Gazzanigga and Toby Alderweireld were all drafted in from Hampshire by Pochettino.

The first London encounter came in March, 1897, in the Southern League, and ended 1-1, while the last was in March, 2017 as goals from Christian Eriksen and a Dele Alli penalty bettered James Ward-Prowse’s for a 2-1 Spurs win.

Andre Marriner cautioned Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Wanyama, Oriol Romeu, Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond on the day.

Graham Scott is in charge of this early kick-off for the cameras. He took Southampton’s 1-0 win over West Brom in October as well as Tottenham’s emphatic September win at Everton.

Stuart AttwellBournemouth v West Ham United

Assistants: M Perry
& S Long
Fourth official: Mike Jones

Stephen Henderson, Marek Stech, Everald La Ronde, Rio Ferdinand, Keith Rowland, Elliott Ward, Bobby Howe, Ian Bishop, Trevor Hartley, Bobby Barnes, Tommy Southren, Jimmy Neighbour, Emmanuel Omoyinmi, Tony Scott, Anthony Edgar, Scott Mean, Matty Holmes, Dale Gordon, Jack Collison, Pat Holland, Nicky Morgan, Mark Watson, Zavon Hines, Steve Jones and Ted MacDougall all played for both clubs.

Currently Jermain Defoe flies the old boys flag in his second spell with the Cherries, while former England team-mate Rio Ferdinand spent the 1996/97 season there on loan from Upton Park.

All you need to know about Stuart Attwell:

Matches in 2017/18: 7

Yellows: 24 Reds: 1

Former Hammers player John Bond went on to manage Bournemouth, Jimmy Quinn played for both clubs and also managed the Cherries, while Harry Redknapp played for West Ham and Bournemouth before managing both clubs. Carl Fletcher is currently AFCB youth team manager.

A 42-year-old David James was released by Bristol City in the summer of 2012 and signed for Bournemouth in September. He made 19 appearances, keeping six clean sheets, in League One, before departing in March, 2013. His final appearance for Bournemouth, and in English football, was at Walsall in a 3-1 defeat.

The first time these clubs met was in February, 1929, a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup, while the Cherries won 3-2 last March with a Josh King hat-trick, Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew scoring in reply. Bournemouth also missed two penalties and there were cautions for Steve Cook, Dan Gosling, Marc Pugh, Benik Afobe and Mark Noble from Bobby Madley.

Stuart Attwell has refereed both sides once in the Premier League this season, West Ham in their draw at Turf Moor, and the Cherries in their draw at Swansea. Keith Hackett has urged him to work on his positioning instead of running as wide as he has done in his SG1 appointments so far.

Mike DeanChelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion

Assistants: I Hussin
& D Cook
Fourth official: Lee Probert

Remarkably, these clubs have only met on eight previous occasions, making this game nine.

The first at Stamford Bridge came back in February, 1967 as Chelsea easily negotiated this FA Cup tie by winning 4-0 with goals from Tony Hateley, Bobby Tambling (two) and Allan Young on his farewell appearance.

The last encounter in London was in Division Two back in October, 1988, ending 2-0 to Chelsea with Kerry Dixon and Kevin Wilson the scorers.

All you need to know about Mike Dean:

Matches in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 46  Reds: 1

Izzy Brown will not be playing for the visitors as Chelsea remain his parent club, while one random player for both clubs in the past is Mickey Thomas. Steve Sidwell is still out injured, while 1958 Seagulls Division Three winner as a player, Dave Sexton (49 games), went on to manage Chelsea to FA Cup and Cup Winners Cup success.

Mike Dean refereed Brighton’s win at Swansea in November and Chelsea’s win at Stoke in September.

Anthony TaylorHuddersfield Town v Stoke City

S Burt & M McDonough
Fourth official: Jon Moss

Both coaches spent spells of varying lengths as players in the Bundesliga and both played international football: David Wagner for the USA and Mark Hughes for Wales, who he also managed.

The tallies are close, historically speaking, between Potters and Terriers, with the visitors having won most, on 26. the Terriers have won 21 and there have been 24 drawn games.

All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 46  Reds: 0

The first time they met in Yorkshire was in Division Two in April, 1920, when Huddersfield won 3-0, while the last encounter also took place in Division Two in December, 2001. This time it ended 0-0, with Paul Danson in charge. He cautioned none of the hosts and three of the visitors in Clive Clarke, Andy Cooke and Wayne Thomas.

Anthony Taylor refereed Stoke’s draw at West Brom in August, but has yet to referee Huddersfield this term. The last time that happened, only Aleksandar Kolarov was cautioned in what now looks a superb result: February’s 0-0 FA Cup 5th round meeting in West Yorks.

Martin Atkinson

Manchester United v Burnley

S Child & H Lennard
Fourth official: Lee Mason

It’s another Proudsville road trip for Sean Dyche’s men, who picked up one of their few away points here last season. Their own suitcases unpacked once more after putting a mixed week taking in Birmingham, Bristol and Leicester behind them, United’s forlorn chase of their neighbours for supremacy resumes.

All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 13

Yellows: 37 Reds: 4

Starting with three current Clarets, Robbie Brady, Tom Heaton, Phil Bardsley, John Walton, Willie Morgan, Chris Eagles, John Connolly, Richard Eckersley, John O’Kane, Micky Phelan, Lee Roche, Colin Waldron, David May, Michael Keane, Andy Cole, Luke Chadwick and David Jones have all played for both clubs.

They first met in Division Two in October, 1897 with Burnley winning 1-0 away, while last October, 2016, Mark Clattenburg cautioned Dean Marney, Jon Flanagan, Heaton and Paul Pogba in a 0-0 draw marred by two further yellow cards and a red for Ander Herrera.

Martin Atkinson last refereed United at Anfield in October, as well as Burnley’s home win over Swansea in November.

Watford v Leicester  City

Assistants: L Betts
& S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

The first ever encounter between Hornets and Foxes came in Hertfordshire in an FA Cup tie in January, 1909, ending 1-1. Leicester won the replay 3-1.

More recently, Watford got past Leicester in the Championship play-off semi-final, 2013, before losing out to Crystal Palace in the final.

All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:

Matches in 2017/18: 6

Yellows: 27  Reds: 0

Last November, 2016, it was 2-1 to Watford thanks to goals from Etienne Capoue, Roberto Pereyra, and Riyad Mahrez, when the scoring was complete after 15 minutes. Neil Swarbrick issued cautions to Britos, Zuniga, Fuchs and Gray.

Chris Kavanagh has refereed both sides once, and both away from home this season, with Watford winning at Newcastle and Leicester at Southampton.

West Bromwich Albion v Everton

Assistants: A Nunn
& D Eaton
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

Two recent Palace managers, and less recent West Ham and Newcastle managers, go head to head at clubs for whom Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry, Peter Eastoe and Victor Anichebe, among others, have played.

The 1968 FA Cup Final saw the Baggies win 1-0 after extra time, thanks to a Jeff Astle winner, broadcast nationwide in full colour for the very first time. The referee was Leo Callaghan of Merthyr Tydfil.

All you need to know about Roger East:

Matches in 2017/18: 8

Yellows: 28 Reds: 1

The first time these clubs met in the Midlands it ended 1-0 in Division One in February, 1889, at West Brom’s former home, Stoney Lane.

Everton won 2-1 on their last visit, however, in August, 2016, when Kevin Mirallas and Barry goals proved decisive. Neil Swarbrick booked four players that afternoon.

Roger East refereed West Brom at Huddersfield in November, but has not been in charge of an Everton fixture since their 0-0 draw at West Ham back in April. Gueye, Williams and Barry accounted for three out of the five bookings that day.

Kevin Friend

Liverpool  v Swansea City

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

It’s December so it must be time for a caretaker at the Liberty, only this year they have overlooked Alan Curtis and plumped for Leon Britton.

Curtis’s old boss, John Toshack, is far from the only connection between these clubs. These also include Joe Allen, Ray Kennedy, Jonjo Shelvey and the man who managed both before taking the reins at Parkhead, Brendan Rodgers.

All you need to know about Kevin Friend:

Matches in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 23 Reds: 0

The first Merseyside meeting came in January, 1936 in the shape of an FA Cup tie won by Liverpool, 1-0. The 41st and last encounter overall was at Anfield, won 3-2 by Swansea in January, 2017, when today’s referee, Kevin Friend, cautioned Ragnar Klavan and Leroy Fer.

This is Friend’s third Liverpool game at Anfield this season, and he is yet to take a Swansea fixture. Having refereed their memorable League Cup victory over Bradford at Wembley four years ago, the last time he took a Premier League game featuring the Swans was their 1-0 defeat at West Ham in April.

Andre MarrinerNewcastle United v Manchester City

S Ledger & R West
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

This is the 176th time these clubs meet, and it was in Division Two they first met by the Tyne. Newcastle beat Ardwick 2-1 in January, 1894 with goals from Willie Graham and Bill Thompson. Last time was April, 2016, when goals from Vurnon Anita and Sergio Aguero left the score 1-1. Referee Kevin Friend booked Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko and Anita that day.

All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

Matches in 2017/18: 13

Yellows: 33  Reds: 2

Ray Ranson, Kevin Keegan, who managed both but only played for Newcastle, Craig Bellamy, George Heslop, Stuart Pearce, who played for both but only managed City, Antoine Sibierski, Joey Barton, Shay Given, Wyn Davies, Steve Howey, Tony Towers and Peter Beardsley all represent connections down the years.

In the dug-outs it might look like a symbolic Catalan versus Madrileno af the end of a tumultuous year for the future of Spain. Guardiola and Benitez, however, are hardly out on a limb in their respective forts, when they have Perez, Jesus Gamez, Joselu, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino, David Silva and Brahim Diaz as well as at least a 5-a-side team each of staffers from home with whom to discuss how many Barca players will face Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B of the World Cup Finals come June.

Andre Marriner has refereed one home and one away Newcastle defeat so far, but no City game until today. His last time in charge of Pep’s men was the 2-2 draw at the Emirates in May.

Michael OliverCrystal Palace  v Arsenal

S Bennett & D Cook
Fourth official: Graham Scott

Paul Barron and Clive Allen are two blasts from the past who played for both clubs, while a Moroccan by the name of Marouane Chamakh, with his thing for hair gel, made fellow former Eagles Eddie McGoldrick and Ian Wright look positively ungroomed by comparison.

All you need to know about Michael Oliver:

Matches in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 61 Reds: 4

Here is another fixture where the same referee has been given a repeat appointment. The first time they met at Selhurst Park was in November, 1969 when Arsenal ran out 5-1 winners in Division One. The last time, Palace turned the tables with a 3-0 win in April, despite Arsenal’s possession totalling 72%! Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic scored the goals and only Shkodran Mustafi was booked by Michael Oliver.

Oliver officiates at another TV game having taken two Palace games this season, a draw and a defeat, with the same record exactly when it comes to Arsenal, whose stalemate at Stamford Bridge he refereed in September.


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