This week YATR’s Dean Mohareb called for more appointments for Messrs Tierney, Kavanagh and Attwell, and at least that call has been answered for the first two, while Neil Swarbrick misses Matchday 15 along with Attwell, Mason and Jones and Bobby Madley’s absence will once again be extended.
Matchday 14 threw up one serious error among several borderline decisions, as Keith Hackett elaborated: “Martin Atkinson failed to send off the Liverpool goalkeeper for a clear DOGSO offence. The criteria were all fulfilled, however Atkinson plucked the yellow card out of his pocket… let’s hope that fatigue is not affecting his performance delivery.”
Meanwhile, Hackett picked up on something missed by many during West Brom’s Wembley draw against Spurs the previous Saturday: “Although Mike Jones delivered the game without any controversial incidents, I am reliably informed that, when two players were injured from the same team, he did not apply Law 5 correctly.”
Yes, Law 5 is more than just a website! “One player was allowed to stay on after treatment,” added Keith, “and his colleague, also having received treatment, was ordered to be taken to the touchline.”
Unless Jones does an Andre Villas-Boas and runs off to drive the Dakar Rally, he can be seen in action this weekend at Hillsborough.
Chelsea v Newcastle United | 2/12 | 12.30pm
Assistants: C Hatzidakis & M Wilkes
Fourth official: Roger East
The first time these clubs met was September, 1907, in Division One, when Chelsea won 2-0 with goals from Billy Bridgeman and Jimmy Windridge. It was a clean sheet for goalkeeper Jack Whitley on his debut.
All you need to know about Kevin Friend:
Matches in 2017/18: 7 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 11
Yellows: 15 Reds: 0
The last time was in February, 2016, when Roger East, who is fourth official for today’s early kick-off, cautioned Steven Taylor and Jonjo Shelvey. This time Chelsea won 5-1, with Andros Townsend’s reply supplying small consolation after strikes from Diego Costa, Willian, Bertrand Traore and two from Pedro.
Rafa Benitez and Ruud Gullit have managed both clubs in the Premier League era, while Steve Clarke played for both, as did Gavin Peacock, Demba Ba, Damien Duff, Scott Parker, Loic Remy, Laurent Charvet, Celestine Babayaro and Geremi Nijitap.
This is the first time this season that Kevin Friend has refereed Chelsea, and the second time he has refereed Newcastle, that having been the 2-2 draw at Southampton. He did appear at the start of Chelsea’s road to Wembley last season, however, having officiated their 3rd round FA Cup home win over Peterborough.
Constantine Hatzidakis was the nearside assistant at West Ham versus Leicester who impressed observers both at the game and watching at home, and he followed that performance with an equally accurate display for Huddersfield’s visit to the Emirates.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool | 2/12 | 3pm
Assistants: P Kirkup & R West
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
Liverpool were among the earliest elite visitors to the Amex Stadium, on what was coincidentally the last clash between these two. The occasion was a League Cup 3rd round tie won 2-1 by the Reds in September, 2011. The goals came from Ashley Barnes, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt, while Michael Oliver cautioned Lucas Leiva and Craig Bellamy, Alan Navarro, Matt Sparrow and Romain Vincelot.
All you need to know about Graham Scott:
Matches in 2017/18: 7 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5
Yellows: 12 Reds: 1
The first ever meeting was in the FA Cup, back in February, 1908, when Liverpool won 3-0, the first league encounter being in Division Two in September, 1958 and ending 2-2.
The last league meeting also ended in a 2-2 draw, in Division One, in March, 1983, weeks before relegation marked a season otherwise distinguished by an FA Cup run featuring Michael Robinson as a player and former LFC defender Jimmy Melia as manager.
Graham Scott has so far refereed Brighton once, against Watford, but not Liverpool this season, while last season his 12 Championship games may not have included the champions but he did officiate Liverpool’s FA Cup 3rd round win at Plymouth.
Everton v Huddersfield Town | 2/12 | 3pm
Assistants: G Beswick & M McDonough
Fourth official: Mike Dean
Overall, Everton have won this fixture 25 times to Huddersfield’s 21, with 14 draws. The first meeting was in October, 1920, which ended up 0-0 in Division One.
The next game on Merseyside, in April 1922, certainly made up for it with two hat-tricks in a 6-2 rout, coming from Sam Chedzgoy and Robert Irvine.
All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9
Yellows: 10 Reds: 0
The last league encounter was in April, 1972, ending 0-0 again, made up for in the League Cup this time, first a 2-1 win in 1998 and second in 2010 with Neil Swarbrick dismissing Lee Peltier as Everton won 5-1 with five different scorers. The Toffees even provided the other, in the shape of a Johnny Heitinga own goal.
It’s the home debut proper for Sam Allardyce, who goes up against a GI’s son and former German secondary school teacher in David Wagner. It’s also a 13th versus 14th humdinger.
Still considered an SG1 rookie, Kavanagh delivered a good performance a week ago and now needs to be given a run of games in order to establish his position on the list, comments YATR’s Hackett. He is yet to referee Everton but did take Huddersfield’s 0-0 draw at Burnley earlier this season.
Leicester City v Burnley | 2/12 | 3pm
Assistants: A Holmes & A Garratt
Fourth official: Lee Probert
All you need to know about Paul Tierney:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 16 Reds: 0
The Foxes may have first met the Clarets at home in Division Two in October, 1897 and lost 1-0, but last September, 2016, it was 3-0 to the home side when Anthony Taylor only cautioned Matt Lowton and the goals were supplied by Islam Slimani (two) and Ben Mee.
As 9th faces 6th, Burnley have so far put their away record in order, having only picked up seven points in total on the road last season.
Paul Tierney had Fulham versus Millwall last week, and was arguably deceived for the match’s decisive penalty. Last season he refereed a Burnley win and a draw plus Leicester’s defeat at Bournemouth.
Stoke City v Swansea City | 2/12 | 3pm
Assistants: A Nunn & I Hussin
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick
Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony find themselves reunited with old colleagues in this 69th ever encounter between the clubs.
All you need to know about Craig Pawson:
Matches in 2017/18: 11 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10
Yellows: 38 Reds: 4
Visiting manager Paul Clement is fresh from having a prolonged pop at Stuart Attwell following the point his side gained against Bournemouth, while the home side’s Welsh manager is no stranger to singling out the officials for criticism, either. Clement’s counterpart on Wednesday, Antonio Conte, even ended up finding a second alternative perch for the sake of a beef with today’s fourth official.
Three points in the reverse fixture were vital to Swansea’s survival following the arrival of Clement last season, but the spectre of relegation already looms large for both teams this time around.
They first met on Boxing Day, 1925 in Division Two, and it ended 1-1. Last October, 2016 Michael Oliver cautioned Marko Arnautovic and Erik Pieters, while two goals from Bony and an Alfie Mawson own goal secured a 3-1 win with Wayne Routledge providing the Swans’ reply.
Keith Hackett’s verdict on Craig Pawson? “He seems to be putting in more effort and he’s having a good season. His all-too-common distance from decisions through a lack of mobility certainly won’t help him when he referees in Europe, however.”
Pawson has not previously refereed Swansea this season, but was in charge when Stoke were heavily beaten at the Etihad in October. Last season he took the Swans’ win over Sunderland, two Stoke draws, a win over Boro and a defeat at Crystal Palace.
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur | 2/12 | 3pm
Assistants: L Betts & S Childs
Fourth official: Darren England
As eighth place in the Premier League takes on seventh, Watford have lost 28 of the 43 encounters between the clubs and Spurs have won 11 of the last 14 in all competitions.
Iconic keeper Pat Jennings, who cost Bill Nicholson £27k in 1964, was one of only two players ever to join Spurs from Watford, along with Dennis Bond, who followed in 1967.
All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:
Matches in 2017/18: 9 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 24 Reds: 1
Others to wear both shirts include Gomes Mark Falco, Andros Townsend, Tommy Harmer, Roy Low, Gerry Armstrong, Paul Miller, Steve Hodge, Tim Sherwood, Bill Lane, Jack Elkes, John Moran, Bobby Cook, Dennis Uphill, Chris Adams, Johnny Gavin, Alfie Stokes, John Ryden, Mark Robson, Danny Hill, Darren Caskey, Ronnie Rosenthal, Espen Baardsen, Allan Nielsen, Ramon Vega, Stephen Kelly and Mark Yeates.
Ronnie Burgess captained Spurs and was Watford boss from 1959 to 1963, while Colin Lee and Steve Perryman also had spells in the Vicarage Road hot-seat.
The first time the clubs met was in October, 1900, a 2-1 Watford win in the Southern League, and the last time fell on New Years Day, ending 4-1 to Spurs, when Michael Oliver cautioned Jose Holebas, Sebastian Prodl and Craig Cathcart. Harry Kane and Dele Alli hit two goals each.
Martin Atkinson has yet to referee either Watford or Spurs so far, but did so twice each in the Premier League last season. He also took Watford’s FA Cup defeat to Millwall and Tottenham’s defeat of Millwall as well as their semi-final loss against Chelsea.
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace | 2/12 | 3pm
Assistants: S Bennett & S Burt
Fourth official: Lee Mason
These two clubs did not meet at all until 1969/70, when the Hawthorns witnessed a 3-2 home win in Division One. The last encounter was won 2-0 by Palace, when referee Mike Jones cautioned only Christian Benteke and the scorers were Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend. Palace also clinched 3rd place in a play-off in the Asia Cup back in July.
All you need to know about Michel Oliver:
Matches in 2017/18: 12 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 45 Reds: 2
Could Alan Pardew have dreamed up a juicier Sunday lunchtime opener for his career in the Hawthorns hot seat? Both today’s managers have walked at the very least a mile in their counterpart’s shoes, having managed both clubs, but the links between these basement battlers don’t end there.
Tony Pulis and Ben Garner also worked for both, along with coach David Kemp, who retired in the summer; Tommy Magee was a player-coach at Palace for a short spell during the mid-1930s; Dick Graham was a trainer at Albion and later the manager at Palace; former Albion scout Arthur Rowe also managed Palace; Albion reserve goalkeeper George Irwin played for and managed Palace, while former Republic of Ireland keeper Mike Kelly coached at both clubs.
On the subject of keepers, Paul Barron squeezed in 90 games for Palace between 1980 and 1982 before putting in three years with the Baggies. Others who played for both include: Steve Mackenzie, Ronnie Allen, Jack Bannister, Craig Beattie, Trevor Benjamin, Billy Birch, Jeroen Boere, Ally Brown, David Burnside, Peter Burridge, Billy Davies, Ian Edwards, Danny Gabbidon, George Garratt, George Handley, Adam Haywood, Charlie Hewitt, Roy Horobin, George Irwin, George Johnson, Derek Kevan, Jack Lewis, Paul McShane, Tony Millington, Pat Mulcahy, Paddy Mulligan, Shaun Murphy, Darren Patterson, Arthur Perry, Kevin Phillips, Ray Potter, Dick Roberts, Alex Ross, Scott Sinclair, Keith Smith, Wilfred Smith, Arthur Swift, Jerome Thomas, John Thomas, Garry Thompson, Jeff Turton, Ben Watson, Brian Whitehouse, Chris Whyte, Brian Wood and George Wood.
Keith Hackett feels that Michael Oliver, who did well to evade providing an assist to Wayne Rooney’s third goal on Wednesday, has upped his game this season: “There is no doubt that Oliver has stepped up a gear and yet again delivered a terrific performance at Anfield. He is gaining maturity and not jumping in. His decision-making accuracy has improved… why not keep him busy with the big games so he gets that elevation onto the UEFA Elite panel, which he is now ready for.”
Arsenal v Manchester United | 2/12 | 5.30pm
Assistants: S Beck & S Ledger
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
Arsenal are looking for a third consecutive win over United at home in the Premier League in front of BT’s cameras in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Andy Cole, Danny Welbeck, Brian Kidd, Jimmy Rimmer, Robin van Persie and Mikael Silvestre are a selection of those to have worn both shirts, but it was long before their careers commenced that Woolwich Arsenal first beat Newton Heath in Division Two. In fact it was March, 1895 in Plumstead, and while the visitors scored via John Clarkin and Robert Donaldson, goals from Peter Mortimer, Gavin Crawford and Robert John Buchanan made it 3-2 before a lucky crowd of approximately 6,000.
All you need to know about Andre Marriner:
Matches in 2017/18: 10 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8
Yellows: 26 Reds: 1
The 1979 FA Cup Final, won at the death by Arsenal, was refereed by Tonbridge’s Ron Challis, and the 2005 final, also contested between these two, by Rob Styles, in Cardiff. The latter had one busy afternoon, as Arsenal scored all of their five shoot-out penalties and Paul Scholes saw his saved, having gone second.
Last season Andre Marriner also took this fixture at both the Emirates and at Old Trafford. Simon Beck was there twice, too, joined by Scott Ledger for the Gunners’ 2-0 home win in which Granit Xhaka and Welbeck scored and Laurent Koscielny was the only player cautioned.
Bournemouth v Southampton | 3/12 | 1.30pm
Assistants: E Smart & H Lennard
Fourth official: Roger East
The first encounter between local rivals currently placed 15th and 11th in the top flight was a 3-1 home win in November, 1953, as Bournemouth progressed from an FA Cup 1st round replay.
The last time they met, in the Premier League, the scoreline was reversed, and YATR’s Mark Clattenburg cautioned Sofiane Boufal, Jordy Clasie and Steven Davis, while goals from Nathan Ake, Ryan Bertrand and Jay Rodriguez (two) resulted in three points for Southampton.
All you need to know about Jon Moss:
Matches in 2017/18: 10 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6
Yellows: 34 Reds: 1
Cherries defender Tyrone Mings was at the Saints Academy only to be released at 16 after eight years. He cost Eddie Howe £8m when AFCB bought him from Ipswich in June, 2015.
Adam Lallana signed for Saints from AFCB aged 12 for compensation totalling £18k. He played for the Cherries on loan in 2007 for one month and three games, while Bailey Cargill was two years at Saints and while currently on loan at Fleetwood, has been a Bournemouth player since 2008. Both Redknapps plus Kevin Bond, Artur Boruc, Jimmy Case, Ted McDougall, Andrew Surman and Bertrand, also on loan to Bournemouth from Chelsea for five games, have represented both.
Jon Moss has refereed neither Southampton nor Bournemouth so far this season, although last season he took two Saints wins and a defeat, plus two AFCB defeats and a 0-0 draw between these two clubs at St Mary’s.
Manchester City v West Ham United | 3/12 | 4pm
Assistants: S Long & D Cook
Fourth official: Mike Jones
It’s eyes down for this late Sunday battle between differently-spelled tyres on sleeve ads: Nexen Tire versus MRF.
The first northern encounter between the clubs came in May, 1924, in Division One, and ended 2-1 to City, while the last ended 3-1 in August, 2016, when Andre Marriner cautioned Fernandinho, Arthur Masuaku, Ashley Fletcher and Mark Noble.
All you need to know about Mike Dean:
Matches in 2017/18: 10 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 7
Yellows: 35 Reds: 1
The Hammers have lost 8 out of their last 9 visits in all competitions, compounded by consecutive 0-5 and 0-4 defeats in the last two games at the London Stadium. No dispute about the form side going into this one, then.
Paulo Wanchope, Steve Lomas, Trevor Morley, Ian Bishop, Michael Hughes, Kevin Horlock, Marc Vivien Foe, Eyal Berkovic, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez have all played for both, while former City managers Malcolm Allison and John Bond were West Ham team-mates.
Hammers fans will recall a rare season highlight at Wembley when Mike Dean was in charge of their Carabao Cup win over Spurs, while he also refereed an away win of City’s at the Vitality in the Premier League.