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Andy Woolmer from Northamptonshire is now in his twelfth season as a Football League referee but tonight’s game at Sheffield Wednesday will be just his fifth Burnley game in those years.

His first game in the Football League was at Kidderminster in August 2004 and a 0-0 home draw against Notts County. He got his first Championship game later in the season at Crewe and on New Year’s Eve 2005, half way through his second season, he refereed Burnley for a first time.

That game, like tonight’s,  was against Sheffield Wednesday, but this one was at home and they beat us 2-1 with goals from future Clarets Chris Eagles and Graham Coughlan.

He’s since refereed us three more times, the last of which was the home game against Coventry in April 2012 when he had probably his worst game of the four. Even so, he sits in 44th place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 52.83 out of 100.

He’s not a referee to go over the top with cards, but he does have his moments with eight in one game this season. He’s refereed 24 games in 2015/16 in which there have been 73 yellow cards and two red cards. Of those yellow cards, 37 have gone to home team players and 26 to away team players.

His last game was the 1-1 Championship draw between QPR and Wolves at Loftus Road a week last Saturday. There were no cards in that game.

The assistant referees tonight are Joe Hull (Cheshire) and Matthew Parry (Liverpool). The fourth official is Football League referee Ross Joyce (Cleveland).

Previous Burnley Games

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2005/06Sheff Wedh1-210
2008/09QPRa2-140Y: Gudjonsson, Jordan, McDonald
2010/11Scunthorpeh1-220Y; Rodriguez
2011/12Coventryh1-130Y: Marney
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