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Tomorrow’s home game against Newcastle United, our final game of the season, will be in the hands of Sheffield referee Craig Pawson.

It will be the fourth time he’s refereed us this season; he was in charge of both games against Watford and the home game against Manchester City. Those four will make it twenty Burnley games in total and it will be a fourteenth Premier League game of ours he’s refereed.

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He’s in the bottom half of RATE THE REF with his nineteen games to date having secured him a rating of 61.71 out of ten. His performances at Brighton in 2011/12 and at Chelsea on the opening day of the 2017/18 season were probably met with approval of Burnley fans with both teams reduced to nine men, but there have been games when he hasn’t done well at all and I always seem to recall the Boxing Day clash against Middlesbrough in 2016 when he completely lost the plot with eleven yellow cards while amazingly not carding Calum Chambers who did enough to be sent off at least twice.

Used exclusively in the Premier League, he’s refereed 26 games in English football this season including cup competitions and in those games there have been 113, averaging almost four and a half per game, and two red cards. Of those yellows, 53 have gone to home team players and 59 to away team players. The two players he has sent off are Pascal Struijk in Leeds’ 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool and Allan for Everton when they beat Newcastle 1-0.

The home and away yellows don’t equal the total. That’s because there was one in his most recent game, the FA Cup final at Wembley when the one player to blot his copy book on the day was Chelsea’s Reece James.

Jeremy Simpson is the fourth official tomorrow with Jarred Gillett on VAR duty. Neither have refereed a Burnley game.

Simpson is a Select Group 2 official but Gillett is a member of the Select Group and has refereed nine Premier League games this season. Others to referee in the Premier League this season but not a Burnley game are Peter Bankes, Darren England, Tony Harrington, Andy Madley, Michael Salisbury and mercifully Rob Jones.

By the time tomorrow’s game has been played, our games this season will have been refereed by:

5: Paul Tierney
4: Craig Pawson
3: Martin Atkinson, David Coote, Mike Dean, Kevin Friend, Chris Kavanagh, Jon Moss
2: Andre Marriner, Michael Oliver, Graham Scott, Anthony Taylor
1: Stuart Attwell, John Brooks, Simon Hooper

Match Officials

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Eddie Smart & Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring

Previous Burnley Games – Craig Pawson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2011/12Burtonh6-340Y: Grant, Elliott
2011/12Brightona1-032Y: Edgar, Paterson
2012/13Millwallh2-280Y: Marney, Mee, Wallace, Vokes
2013/14Blackburnh1-141Y: Marney, Duff, Mee
2014/15Swanseaa0-130Y: Duff
2014/15Arsenala0-310Y: Boyd
2014/15Tottenhama2-430Y: Keane, Arfield
2016/17Middlesbroughh1-0110Y: Boyd, Mee, Flanagan, Ward, Gray, Hendrick
2016/17Liverpoola1-240Y: Mee, Barton
2017/18Chelseaa3-272Y: Brady, Mee, Arfield
2018/19Chelseah0-460Y: Tarkowski, Hendrick, Brady, Guðmundsson
2018/19Newcastlea0-240Y: Mee, Hendrick, Crouch
2019/20Wolvesa1-120Y: Tarkowski, Lennon
2020/21Aston Villaa0-020Y: Brady
2021/22Watfordh0-030Y: Stephens
2021/22Manchester Cityh0-210Y: Weghorst
2021/22Watforda2-130Y: Tarkowski, Collins
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