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Mike Dean, the longest serving Premier League referee, will be in the middle for our home game tomorrow night against Newcastle United.

It will be the 11th time he’s refereed one of our Premier League games, bringing him level with Martin Atkinson, and his 33rd Burnley game in total since he was the man in charge when Chris Waddle scored his only Burnley goal and Eddie Howe headed his first Bournemouth goal in a 2-2 draw at Burnley twenty years ago this week.

Now aged 49, he’s the most experienced referee in the Select Group but can often be the most controversial, as we saw with his inability to get penalty decisions correct at Southampton last season, this the same referee who had allowed both West Brom goals to stand against us in the 2-2 draw in February 2015.

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We’ve certainly seen him at his best, and an FA Cup tie at West Brom springs readily to mind. I thought he had a good game in the play-off final at Wembley, although Kevin Blackwell didn’t, but he had a nightmare of an afternoon at Bradford City in 2002.

Even so, he’s right up there in third place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 79.52 out of 100; the only two players above him are Neil Swarbrick and Chris Kavanagh who have had limited Burnley games.

He rarely referees in the Football League now; his last such game was Sheffield United’s home win against Bolton last season. This season he’s refereed a total seven games, one in the Premier League followed by last Wednesday’s League Cup tie between Spurs and West Ham at Wembley.

There were no cards in that game but in the six Premier League games there have been 23 yellow cards and one red card. Of those yellows, ten have gone to home team players and thirteen to away team players.

The red card was certainly a controversial one in a game that also saw him show ten yellow cards. He sent off Raheem Sterling for a second yellow for alleged over celebration of their stoppage time winner at Bournemouth.

He refereed our last game against Newcastle, the 3-3 draw at St. James’ Park on New Year’s Day 2015 and has since refereed us on five occasions. Hopefully tomorrow will not see one of his controversial days.

The assistant referees are Simon Long (Cornwall) and Ian Hussin (Merseyside). The fourth official is Lee Mason (Bolton) whose last Burnley game was our 1-1 draw against Spurs at Wembley.

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
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
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
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