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Mike Dean blew the final whistle of our 2018/19 season when Arsenal visited Turf Moor last May and he’ll be in charge again tomorrow when we play our first away game of the new season at the Emirates.

That Arsenal game was the fifth time he refereed us last season but it is no surprise to see him so often given the number of Burnley games he’s refereed over the years. It all started back in the days when Chris Waddle was Burnley manager and tomorrow will be his 41st Burnley game and also the 19th time he will have refereed us in the Premier League, which will equal Martin Atkinson, another experienced referee.

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He’s had some outstanding games refereeing Burnley but he’s also had some that have not been so good but generally I think it is fair to say that he’s been fine although he does have his moments. One of the criticisms aimed at him is the perception that he wants to be centre of attention and there is no doubt that is the case at times, even off the pitch now as we saw in last season’s play-offs when he was celebrating with his fellow Tranmere Rovers supporters. Overall though, we have, in my view, one of our best referees in charge tomorrow although that brings with it no guarantee of a good performance.

We’ll get cards from him, I think that’s a certainty, and last season he showed no fewer than 162 yellow cards in 37 games with eleven red cards to add to that. Of those yellows, 77 went to home team players with 85 to away team players.

When he red carded Robbie Brady at Huddersfield, a decision I still feel was harsh, it was his 99th Premier League red card. Number 100 was a while in coming but when it came it was for Manchester United’s Ashley Young in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves and that remains his most recent red card.

This season he’s already refereed one Premier League game, the VAR dominated game between West Ham and Manchester City. He managed four yellow cards in that game with two each for the two sides, West Ham’s F Balbuena and Felipe Anderson along with City pair Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling.

On the subject of VAR; last week’s VAR referee for the Southampton game was Peter Bankes but tomorrow he steps out of Stockley Park to take on fourth official duties at the Emirates.

I hope Mike Dean has a really good game tomorrow and I hope all the discussion won’t be about him afterwards. It has been far too often in this fixture.

Tomorrow’s Officials:

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Bournemouthh2-230
1997/98Lutonh1-130Y: Cooke
1998/99Walsalla1-340Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton
1999/2000Chesterfieldh2-120Y: Cowan
1999/2000Wiganh0-050Y: Johnrose, Thomas
2000/01Crystal Palaceh2-210
2002/03Bradford Citya2-262Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor
2003/04Bradford Cityh4-000
2003/04Prestona3-540Y: Blake, Gnohere, West
2003/04Ipswichh4-230Y: Chaplow, McGregor
2004/05Blackburnh0-050Y: Camara, Hyde
2005/06Leedsh1-250Y: Harley, Hyde
2005/06Crystal Palaceh0-040Y: Harley, Branch
2006/07Sunderlandh2-230Y: Hyde
2006/07Leicesterh0-130Y: Caldwell
2007/08Blackpoolh2-220Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell
2008/09West Broma2-200
2008/09Sheffield UnitedW1-042Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes
2009/10Tottenhama0-520Y: Bikey
2009/10Arsenalh1-120Y: Caldwell, Eagles
2009/10Blackburnh0-150Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff
2009/10Tottenhamh4-200
2010/11Leicestera0-430Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey
2012/13Peterboroughh5-220Y: Mills
2013/14Blackburna2-130Y: Arfield
2014/15Crystal Palacea0-050Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd
2014/15Newcastlea3-360Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd
2014/15West Bromh2-240
2014/15Arsenalh0-120Y: Mee, Duff
2015/16Bristol Citya2-100
2016/17Southamptona1-330Y: Defour, Marney
2016/17Leicesterh1-010Y: Lowton
2017/18Newcastleh1-030Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski
2017/18Manchester Unitedh0-160Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour
2017/18Stokea1-130Y: Barnes
2018/19Leicestera0-020
2018/19Huddersfielda2-152Y: Mee, Bardsley, Wood, Heaton R: Brady
2018/19Tottenhamh2-140Y: Bardsley
2018/19Cardiffh2-060Y: Tarkowski, Barnes
2018/19Arsenalh1-360Y: Heaton, Barnes, Tarkowski, Lowton, Cork
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