Bankes and Madley become Premier League referees
Bobby Madley disappeared from view last summer while Roger East hung up his whistle at the end of last season, and this week the Professional Game Match Officials Limited have confirmed that their places in Select Group 1 will be taken by Peter Bankes and Andy Madley, Bobby’s older brother.
Bankes (pictured above) hasn’t refereed at all in the Premier League although three times last season he was named as the fourth official. He’s been a Select Group 2 referee since the group was formed three years ago.
He’s twice refereed us with both of those games coming in the 2015/16 season. The first of them was our televised 2-1 win at Rotherham in October and he made his Turf Moor bow for the first game of 2016, our 0-0 draw against Ipswich.
We have to go back to the 2015/16 season too to find the last time Andy Madley (below) refereed us. He was in charge of three of our home games that season, the wins against Fulham, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest. Unlike Bankes, he’d refereed us twice previously, including our 3-0 win at Derby when he must have been the only person for miles who thought Jason Shackell had given away a penalty which, thankfully, Derby failed to score from.
The appointments of Bankes and Madley take the total of Select Group 1 referees back up to 18.
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