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Andy Madley, the elder of the two refereeing brothers, will be refereeing our game at St. James’ Park tomorrow for what will be his first Premier League game for both Burnley and Newcastle United.

It is two years ago next month since he first refereed a top flight game. That was a 2-2 draw between Watford and Bournemouth at Vicarage Road. Two more Premier League games followed last season after which he was promoted to the select group last summer.

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We have to go back just over four years to his last Burnley game and on all of the previous five times he’s refereed us it has been at Championship level. He had one very disappointing game in those five, the 3-0 win at Derby in 2013/14 when I still find it difficult to believe he awarded Derby a penalty for a supposed foul by Jason Shackell.

His last three Burnley games, all at the Turf, came in the 2015/16 promotion season and he had three very decent games and they’ve helped him collect a RATE THE REF rating of 66.43 out of 100 which sees him currently in eighth place.

In his first season as a select group official, he’s refereed 19 games of which eight have come in the Premier League with the others in the Football League and the two cup competitions. He’s handed out 65 yellow and six red cards in those games. Of those yellows, 27 of them have gone to home team players with 38 to away team players. Only one of the red cards have come in Premier League games and that was Christian Kabasele in Watford’s 2-1 New Year’s Day home win against Wolves.

Madley became a first in Premier League history recently. Although it had happened previously in FA Cup games, he became the first referee to go and look at the pitchside monitor in the game between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United after which he correctly reversed a red card he’d shown to Joel Ward.

Madley’s most recent game was in the Championship between Millwall and Fulham at the Den. It ended 1-1 with yellow cards being shown to Millwall’s Ryan Woods and Fulham pair Tom Cairney and Harry Arter.

Australian Jarred Gillett, who has never refereed a Burnley game, will be on VAR duty and as we know from last week, that can be the more vital role in a game. Steve Martin is fourth official. His last Burnley game was four years ago yesterday, the 2-1 win at Bolton that saw us go to the top of the Championship.

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Madley
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck & Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Steve Martin
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

Previous Burnley Games – Andy Madley

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2012/13Plymouthh1-150Y: Austin, Bartley
2013/14Derbya3-030Y: Jones, Mee
2015/16Bristol Cityh4-020Y: Jones
2015/16Nottingham Foresth1-010
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