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When the FA Cup gets underway tomorrow with our game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, the first whistle will be blown by Graham Scott from Oxfordshire, the very same referee who was in charge when we bowed out of the competition a year ago against Lincoln.

Scott, from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, was promoted to the select group in 2015 but he’d already refereed in the top league in the previous season when he was selected for the Burnley v Aston Villa game.

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He didn’t have a particularly good game but it wasn’t his worst in a Burnley game, and neither was his performance in that Lincoln game last season. That honour was reserved for our win at Coventry in 2011 when he had a nightmare but made a major contribution to our victory when he reduced Coventry to ten men.

In his early days as a Football League referee he had a reputation for waving cards as if they were going out of fashion. In the season before promotion to the select group he averaged a red card every three games and was over the top with his yellow cards, and that in a season when, in two Burnley games, I think he almost forgot to bring his cards with him; both games should have seen us playing against ten.

Things have changed now and this season he’s refereed a total of 15 games. There has only been one red card and just 33 yellow cards. Of the yellows, 13 have gone to home team players with 20 to away team players. The one player he’s sent off is Watford’s Miguel Britos back in August.

Scott has also been involved with this season’s new rule which allows the FA to charge players they consider have deceived a match official. He awarded West Ham a penalty against Stoke which subsequently led to Manuel Lanzini getting a two match ban.

His last game was at Leicester on New Year’s Day when one player from each club was yellow carded, Leicester’s Wes Morgan and Scott Malone of Huddersfield.

Graham Scott is currently 16th in RATE THE REF with a rating of 61.10 out of 100. The only referees below him are Jon Moss and Paul Tierney.

The assistant referees are Simon Bennett (Staffordshire) and Shaun Hudson (Tyne & Wear). The fourth official is Football League referee Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear) whose last Burnley game was 2-0 home win against QPR in 2013 when Danny Ings scored both our goals.

Previous Burnley Games – Graham Scott

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2010/11Readinga1-240Y: Thompson, Mears, Duff
2011/12Coventrya2-181Y: Rodriguez. Bartley, Wallace, Edgar, Hines
2012/13Brightona0-150Y; Ings, McCann, Shackell
2014/15Aston Villah1-170Y: Kightly, Marney, Barnes
2015/16Boltonh2-050Y: Darikwa, Barton
2015/16Hullh1-020Y: Vokes
2016/17Sunderlandh4-120Y: Marney
2016/17Lincolnh0-140Y: Barton, Barnes
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