Donohue to referee the Clarets for the first time
Matt Donohue from Manchester will referee Burnley for the first time tomorrow when we play Huddersfield Town at home in the Championship.
A primary school teacher in Denton, Donohue moved to the North West from his native Southend and took up refereeing, moving up to join the National List of referees ahead of the 2018/19 season. A year later he was promoted to Select Group 2.
Now into his fourth season at this level, he’s refereed 25 games this season. Twenty of those have been in the Championship, three in the FA Cup and one in each of League One and League Two. In those games there have been 92 yellow cards and just the one red card.
Of those yellow cards, 39 have gone to home team players with 53 to away team players. The one player sent off was Sheffield United’s John Egan in their 3-1 Boxing Day home win against Coventry.
Donohue’s last game was last Saturday’s game between Blackpool and Stoke at Bloomfield Road which Blackpool won 1-0. Stoke’s Ben Wilmot was yellow carded in that game along with Blackpool’s James Husband, Kenny Dougall, Ian Poveda and Dominic Thompson.
Fourth official tomorrow is Andrew Kitchen who, like Donohue, hasn’t refereed a Burnley game. He’s from County Durham and is now in his second season on the national list.
Referee: Matt Donohue
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson & Andrew Aylott
Fourth Official: Andrew Kitchen
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