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Anthony Taylor will referee our Premier League game tomorrow at Leicester and, although many won’t be aware, this will be his second Burnley game this season.

On the Friday night before our trip to Rangers, Taylor, from Wythenshawe, refereed the development squad’s 0-0 friendly against Altrincham at Moss Lane. That’s one club he would not be permitted to referee competitively; he’s a committed supporter of the club.

Tomorrow will be his eighth Burnley game and it won’t be his first between us and Leicester. The last time Taylor refereed us was two seasons ago when they beat us 1-0 on the Turf and virtually condemned us to relegation.

Going back, his first Burnley game also ended 1-0 but this one was in our favour. It was the home game against Plymouth in January 2008 when Robbie Blake came on as a substitute to score the only goal of the game to give the currently beleaguered Blackburn manager his first Turf Moor victory. He had a very good game too but the same couldn’t be said for his next game at Sheffield United in December of that year. We won, but he got so much wrong and was certainly conned by Billy Sharp when he went down in close proximity to Brian Jensen with Taylor wrongly pointing to the spot.

He’s certainly been hit and miss with our games and he’s had two further disappointing Turf Moor games against Southampton in 2011 and Sunderland in 2014. It’s all left him with 16th place in RATE THE REF with a rating of just 60.46 out of 100. Only Paul Tierney, who refereed our game against Hull last week, and Jon Moss, who was in charge of the Swansea game, are below him.

Taylor is now refereeing a the highest level and was, this week, in action in the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich beat Rostov 5-0, and earlier in the month he was in charge of the World Cup qualifier between Romania and Montenegro.

Domestically, tomorrow will be his fifth game of the season, all of them in the Premier League. In the previous four he’s handed out sixteen yellow cards with nine of them going to home team players and seven to away team players.

The last of those games brought some controversy. It was last Saturday at Stoke when he sent off an irate Mark Hughes after fourth official Jon Moss had initially reported him for stepping outside of his technical area, but later he and Moss came in for more stick when it was learned that they’d attended a dinner on the Friday night at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park.

Hopefully there will be no controversy tomorrow and that he has a good game with no controversial decisions and no managers getting upset.

The assistant referee are Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire). The fourth official is Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) whose last Burnley game was the 2-2 draw at Brighton in April.

Previous Burnley Games – Anthony Taylor

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Plymouthh1-020Y: Varga
2008/09Sheffield Uniteda3-240Y: Elliott, Jordan
2011/12Hulla3-230Y: Wallace
2014/15Sunderlandh0-030Y: Marney
2014/15Leicesterh0-130Y: Mee, Ings, Wallace
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