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Our first home game of the season tomorrow against Luton Town will be refereed by Darren Bond and it will be the first time he’s ever refereed one of our league games.

His only previous Burnley game was the League Cup tie against Leeds in September 2017. It went to a penalty-shoot out done ABBA style which we lost, but Bond’s performance that night was as bad as you are likely to see although his RATE THE REF rating of 42.50 does keep him off the bottom of the Select Group Table, ahead of Tim Robinson.

He is more familiar to Luton; he’s taken charge of six of their Championship games since they won promotion three years ago with just one last season, their 3-0 defeat at Birmingham in February.

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He’s been a league referee since the 2012/13 season with his first game coming in League Two between Barnet and Wimbledon. By February of that season, he’d been given his first Championship game when he took charge of Peterborough’s 5-1 win at Millwall.

Bond refereed just seventeen games last season but he missed around half of the season. He was in charge of the League Cup first round tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield in August but didn’t referee again until January. He refereed three games in Leagues One and Two with his first game in the Championship coming at Hull in early February.

In those seventeen games, there were 64 yellow and two red cards. Of those yellows, 26 of them went to home team players with 38 to away team players. He sent off Birmingham’s Kristian Pedersen late in their 2-0 home defeat against Middlesbrough with the second red coming in his final game of the season, the League One play-off semi-final first leg between Wycombe and MK, Josh McEachran the player sent off.

He kicked off this season with Sunderland’s 1-1 home draw against Coventry last Sunday. Apart from appearing wearing an Alice band, he notably missed a clear penalty to Coventry with Sunderland leading 1-0 and somehow allowed Luke O’Nien to stay on the pitch after what looked probably the clearest red card of the weekend. He did yellow O’Nien along with his team mates Daniel Ballard, Corry Evans and Jack Clarke with Gustavo Hamer the one Coventry player carded.

The fourth official tomorrow is David Webb; his most recent game was our 1-0 home win against Brentford in August 2015.

Match Officials

Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referees: Philip Dermott & Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official: David Webb

Previous Burnley Game – Darren Bond

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2017/18Leedsh2-250Y: Bardsley, Guðmundsson, Long
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