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David Coote will referee Burnley’s game at Fulham tomorrow in what will be just his second Premier League game.

Coote was appointed to the select group during the summer having made his top flight debut last April, taking charge of Newcastle’s 1-0 home defeat against West Brom.

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He became a Football League referee in 2010 with his first match coming in September at Valley Parade in a game that saw Port Vale beat Bradford City 2-0. There were five yellow cards in that game but it was April before he got out his red card, dismissing Stevenage’s Peter Winn in a 1-0 loss at Southend.

He first refereed Burnley in what proved to be Eddie Howe’s last home game in charge, a 3-3 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday, while his fifth and last was early in our last promotion season, again a home draw, this one 2-2 against Birmingham. He had a shocker of a game that day with a bizarre decision not to award us a penalty and an equally bizarre one to award one to Birmingham.

He’s refereed just one game this season, that was last Saturday and Blackburn’s 1-0 win at Hull and there were four yellow cards, three of them for Blackburn with just one for the home side.

It’s over three years since we’ve seen him and we can only hope he’s improved significantly since then. His promotion to the Premier League suggests he has.

The assistant referees will be Peter Kirkup and Matthew Perry. The fourth official is Andre Marriner whose last Burnley game was the 5-0 defeat at Arsenal at the end of last season.

Previous Burnley Games – David Coote

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2012/13Sheffield Wedh3-320Y: Marney
2012/13Watforda3-340Y: Lafferty, Long, McCann
2013/14Charltonh3-020Y: Marney
2013/14Huddersfieldh3-230Y: Marney
2015/16Birminghamh2-240Y: Vossen, Mee, Arfield
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