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Burnley travel to Huddersfield tonight and the game will be refereed by Mike Dean, the Premier League’s most experienced match official.

It will be his second Burnley game this season; he refereed the 0-0 draw at Leicester back in November. It was an outstanding performance from a referee who is currently top of RATE THE REF alongside Andre Marriner with both having ratings of 78.54 out of 100.

It’s a long time since he first refereed a Burnley game. We have to go back to 1997 when we drew 2-2 at home against Bournemouth in a game that saw manager Chris Waddle score his only Burnley goal and future manager Eddie Howe score his first Football League goal.

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There have been many games since that Dean has refereed and that game at Leicester was his 38th Burnley game of which 14 have been in the Premier League, and only Martin Atkinson has refereed more of our Premier League games.

There were only two yellow cards in that game at Leicester, but Dean is, undoubtedly, one of the heavier carders in the league. He’s refereed 17 games this season, of which 15 have been in the Premier League. There have been 71 yellow and seven red cards in those games.

Of those yellow cards, 35 have gone to home team players and 36 to away team players. He’d sent off all of Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) and Joe Ralls (Cardiff) prior to our game at Leicester but he’s been busy with his red card again recently with four players sent off in his last five games. Jan Vertonghen was the first of those four in Spurs’ 4-2 defeat at Arsenal. In his next game he dismissed DeAndre Yedlin as Newcastle were beaten 2-1 at home against Wolves.

The next game was red card free but he’s sent off Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in their 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth and Manchester City’s Fabian Delph as they were beaten 2-1 at Leicester on Boxing Day.

That Boxing Day game was his most recent in which there were also four yellow cards. Leicester had Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy carded alongside City pair John Stones and David Silva.

He sometimes appears as if he wants to be the star of the show, but there is no doubt that when he referees well he remains one of our best officials.

The assistant referees are Darren Cann and Dan Robathan. The fourth official is Michael Oliver who refereed our Boxing Day game against Everton.

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
2017/18Newcastleh1-030Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski
2017/18Manchester Unitedh0-160Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour
2017/18Stokea1-130Y: Barnes
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