As we enter the Easter programme, penalties not won and won by Marcus Rashford and Federico Chiesa respectively linger in the memory. Perhaps less so in the minds of Michael Oliver, who took Poland versus Nigeria alongside Stephen Child, Stuart Burt and Bobby Madley during what was hardly a break at all, while Martin Atkinson refereed Argentina and Italy helped by Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis and Craig Pawson.

Sweden versus Chile provided Anthony Taylor’s first of two engagements, in the company of colleagues Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn and Stuart Attwell, while the latter made way for a Spanish fourth official as the rest of the team reassembled for Spain’s rout of Argentina, where Taylor by all accounts had his hands full. There’s no rest for the wicked, either, as he patrols the technical areas for the younger Madley at Old Trafford this weekend.

Neil SwarbrickCrystal Palace v Liverpool

Assistants: A Nunn & A Holmes
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

This early Saturday kick-off is game 52 overall between the clubs, a sequence that itself kicked off with a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup back in January, 1938, followed by a replay won 3-1 by the Reds four days later at Anfield.

All you need to know about Neil Swarbrick:

Matches in 2017/18: 17 (9 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 19

Yellows: 44 Reds: 0

The last encounter in London was in October, 2016 and was won 4-2 by the visitors, with referee Andre Marriner booking Yohan Cabaye, Emre Can and Roberto Firmino. The goals came from James McArthur (two) for Palace and Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Firmino for LFC.

Third-placed Liverpool also won the reverse fixture this season 1-0, before their former manager Roy Hodgson’s latest team’s second slump of the season took them back down to 16th.

Neil Swarbrick was in the middle for Palace’s 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Manchester United and their 5-0 defeat at City as well as their draw at West Ham, and, funnily enough, he issued four cautions on each occasion. The Lancastrian has also refereed LFC three times in the Premier League this term: a 3-1 win at West Ham, a 1-0 away defeat at Swansea and a 2-1 home win over Leicester.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City

Assistants: G Beswick
& S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

As 12th takes on 8th, the visitors’ Jamie Vardy will aim for more input than he managed in 22 minutes without touching the ball as an England substitute in Amsterdam and concentrate on finishing just like he did in London four days later.

All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 14

Yellows: 34 Reds: 1

Brighton counterpart Anthony Knockeart, however, won’t even get so far as the bench having incurred a ban for his dangerous challenge on Leighton Baines at Goodison Park.

It’s only the 31st time the sides have met, the first in Sussex having been as recently as February, 1979 in a match won 3-1 by Brighton on their way out of Division Two.

The last time Leicester came calling was in December, 2013 when Albion won 3-1 in the Championship and Bobby Madley produced four yellow cards for the away side and two for the home side. The goals came from Ashley Barnes (two, including one penalty), Craig Conway and Andy King, all of whom have moved on.

Chris Kavanagh has refereed two Brighton home games, West Brom (3-1) and Burnley (0-0) so far this season, plus two Leicester away defeats with the score of 2-1, at Everton and Watford.

Robert MadleyManchester United v Swansea City

Assistants: M Perry
& M McDonough
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

The first ever meeting between these two was in September, 1931, in Division Two, when United won 2-1, and there have been 30 games in all competitions in between.

The last at Old Trafford was in April, 2017, a 1-1 draw during which Neil Swarbrick dispensed two yellow cards each, while the goals were shared by eventual Everton team-mates Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney.

All you need to know about Bobby Madley:

Matches in 2017/18: 15 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 20

Yellows: 47 Reds: 2

Thirty-seven years ago, Garry Birtles scored his very first league goal for United in September, 1981… the infamous delay until his 30th appearance giving rise to a Terry Waite T-shirt, depicting the newly released hostage asking: “has Birtles scored yet?”

As well as 2nd versus 14th and a third fixture this weekend pitching six of this season’s FA Cup quarter-finalists up against each other, it’s also a clash of two very different Portugese coaches in Jose and Carlos. Although they share a taste for quips along the lines of little horses, Einsteins, barbecues and fish, their approaches to man-management make for a different story.

With his older brother Andy in action down south at exactly the same time this afternoon, Madley takes his second Manchester United game of the season, the first coincidentally having featured both these teams in the Carabao Cup fourth round clash won 2-0 by United at the Liberty in October. That night he cautioned Rangel, Clucas, Ki, Tuanzebe and Blind. He also took Swansea’s 2-0 January defeat to Spurs at the same venue.

Martin AtkinsonNewcastle United v Huddersfield Town

Assistants: L Betts
& S Child
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

The Magpies take on the Terriers today for the 64th time in all competitions, the first encounter having come along in January, 1920. That was won 1-0 by the Yorkshiremen on their first visit, an FA Cup second round tie, and David Wagner’s men won this season’s reverse fixture by a goal to nil, too.

All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 23 (11 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5

Yellows: 77 Reds: 5

In August, 2016, in the Championship, the last meeting on Tyneside was also won by the Terriers 2-1. That day referee Oliver Langford, who is on duty as fourth official at the Hawthorns today, booked Mark Hudson and Chris Lowe plus the home side’s Dwight Gayle, who also scored a consolation goal in between those of Nahki Wells and Jack Payne.

Martin Atkinson refereed Newcastle’s home defeat to Everton in December, but, although he actually lives round the corner from the John Smiths stadium, relatively speaking, he has never refereed Huddersfield Town before in a senior fixture.

Andrew MadleyWatford v AFC Bournemouth

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

It’s 11th versus 10th and six of the last eight meetings between these sides have been drawn. They lock horns for the 113th time today, the first meeting going all the way back to September, 1923 and a 0-0 draw in Division Three (south).

All you need to know about Andy Madley:

Matches in 2017/18: 0 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 0 Reds: 0

October, 2016 saw another draw, 2-2 this time, with Mike Dean cautioning three home players and four from the away side. The goals, meanwhile, came from Troy Deeney, Isaac Success, Callum Wilson and Josh King, while there was at least a result in this season’s reverse fixture, won 2-0 by the Hornets at the Vitality Stadium.

This has been one long-awaited appointment for all those in the YATR camp as well as in the Madley household. Big brother Andrew has refereed Arsenal in the Carabao and AFCB’s 2-2 draw at home to Wigan in the FA Cup third round this season, but that is the closest he has got to actually ever blowing his whistle in the Premier League.

February, 2015, when they beat Blackburn 1-0 at Vicarage Road in the Championship, was the last time he refereed Watford, with Odion Ighalo notching the winner and yellows shown to two of the visitors plus Paredes, Cathcart and Munari. That season he also took AFCB’s 3-0 Capital One Cup win at Cardiff, when he kept a ‘clean sheet’.

West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

Assistants: A Garratt
& S Beck
Fourth official: Oliver Langford

Including all competitions this is meeting number 131 between Baggies and Clarets, the first ever having ended 4-3 to West Brom in Division One back in September, 1888.

All you need to know about Lee Probert:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 15 Reds: 2

The last encounter at the Hawthorns was in November, 2016, when Mike Dean booked Ashley Barnes, Danny Ings, Chris Brunt and Brown Ideye and goals from Phillips, Morrison, Fletcher and Rondon ensured the result ended up at 4-0 to West Brom, who also won 1-0 at Turf Moor earlier this season.

Lee Probert has refereed an away win and a home win for Burnley this season, while his only Baggies appointment came right in between those two, with their 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle.

West Ham United v Southampton

S Bennett & A Halliday
Fourth official: Graham Scott

It couldn’t be tighter down in 17th and 18th place, as Hammers meet Saints for the 171st time.

The first occasion was a Southern League fixture in April, 1900 won 4-1 by West Ham.

All you need to know about Jon Moss:

Matches in 2017/18: 22 (14 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 14

Yellows: 78 Reds: 2

When these sides last met it was last 3-0 in September, 2016, when, coincidentally, today’s ref, Jon Moss, produced five yellow cards for the home side and two for the visitors, whose goals came from Charlie Austin, Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse.

The rivalry between Mark Hughes and David Moyes previously reared its head in January, 2017, when a 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light piled pressure on the Scot, who left his Sunderland post when their relegation was confirmed.

Both managers have gone through similar dark stages this season and for both it could get worse yet… after all, winning the reverse fixture 3-2 did nothing to help Saints’ Mauricio Pellegrino keep his own job.

Moss refereed West Ham’s 0-0 home draw with Arsenal in December and their 4-1 win at Huddersfield the following month, while his only appointment this season featuring Southampton was their 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

Paul Tierney 3

Everton v Manchester City

Assistants: E Smart
& D Eaton
Fourth official: Michael Oliver

This late Saturday kick-off, doubling up as Paul Tierney’s live televised Premier League debut, is the 184th time the teams have met in all competitions.

The first meeting on Merseyside came in April, 1900 and ended 4-0 to Everton in Division One, the exact same result as last season and no, THIS IS NOT A MISPRINT!

All you need to know about Paul Tierney:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 31 Reds: 0

Referee Mark Clattenburg cautioned two from each side that day and the goals came from since-departed Belgians Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, plus Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman… the first ever Everton goals for the latter two youngsters.

That was Manchester City’s heaviest defeat since losing 8-1 to Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough in May, 2008 and Pep Guardiola’s heaviest ever in the league as a manager. The reverse fixture at the Etihad this season? It ended 1-1, with a red card dispensed to each side by referee Bobby Madley.

Of course, Tierney has refereed other live TV games in the cups, but this season has taken charge of two of City’s Premier League home wins, against Saints and Newcastle. He has not, however, been appointed to an Everton game this term until today. His last match in the middle featuring the Toffees, in fact, was their 4-0 win over Hull a year ago, when Williams and Barry found their way into his book and Hull’s Huddlestone was sent off.

Craig Pawson

Arsenal v Stoke City

Assistants: S Burt
& R West
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

This Sunday lunchtime kick-off for the cameras pits sixth against 19th, but the first ever meeting dates back to Division One, in November, 1904, when the Gunners won 2-1.

All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 19 (15 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 68 Reds: 4

The last London encounter was in December, 2016, when Arsenal were once again triumphant thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, with his 100th club goal, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi, with Charlie Adam providing the reply and referee Lee Mason keeping a ‘clean sheet’.

Bristolian Jack Butland, in the visitors’ goal, arrives fresh from having been denied a clean sheet of his own versus late in the game versus Italy in his last appearance in London.

Craig Pawson last saw Arsenal’s players in their Carabao Cup Final defeat to City in February, having also been in charge of their 5-2 Premier League win at Everton in October. He also presided over Stoke’s 7-2 defeat at the Etihad and their 2-1 win over Swansea in December,

Andre Marriner

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

S Ledger & S Long
Fourth official: Graham Scott

This humdinger sees the curtain fall on the weekend’s action as fifth take on fourth in the 160th meeting of these two clubs.

All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

Matches in 2017/18: 21 (15 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 54 Reds: 2

The first one ever took place in December, 1909, in Division One, and was won 2-1 by the Blues. The last engagement was in April, 2017 at Wembley, when Martin Atkinson issued four yellow cards in a 4-2 win for CFC. This was a record seventh consecutive FA Cup semi-final defeat for Spurs, while in November, 2016 their last visit to Stamford Bridge saw them lose 2-1 as Michael Oliver booked David Luiz, Willian and Mousa Dembele and the goals came from Pedro, Victor Moses and Christian Eriksen.

Andre Marriner refereed Chelsea’s fifth-round FA Cup win over Hull at Stamford Bridge this season, as well as their defeat at Palace and their win at Huddersfield in this season’s Premier League, while the January victory Spurs secured over Manchester United at Wembley also came under his watchful eye, just as did their wins over Liverpool (home) and at St James Park, on the opening day.


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