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Burnley kicked off last season at Southampton with the game refereed by Graham Scott; tomorrow we start with a home game against the same opposition and with the same referee blowing the first whistle.

It was the first of two occasions he refereed us in the Premier League last season; the other was the 1-0 defeat at Wembley against Spurs, but he re-appeared, like the proverbial bad penny, for our FA Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City. Scott has refereed each of our FA Cup defeats in the last three seasons.

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I’m no fan of this particular referee who first took charge of a Burnley game at Reading in January 2011 when Stuart Gray was in charge. He’s had some poor games; notably at Coventry in the 2011/12 season, at home against Aston Villa in 2014/15 and the cup defeat at the hands of Lincoln three seasons ago.

That Villa game was Scott’s first game in the Premier League. He was promoted to the Select Group in the following summer at the age of 45 and last season had 17 top flight appointments in his total of 29 games which ended with the Championship play-off game between Aston Villa and West Brom at Villa Park when he sent off West Brom’s Dwight Gayle.

In those 29 games, that was one of three red cards while he also showed 70 yellow cards. That’s not a high total at all, more so for a referee who a few years ago had a reputation for showing too many cards. Of those yellow cards, Jack Cork received the first one on that opening day at St. Mary’s, the only card that day, 32 of them went to home team players  and 38 to away team players. The only Premier League player he sent off was Watford’s Étienne Capouè in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

Scott goes into tomorrow’s game having ended last season in 9th place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 65.15 out of 100.

Tomorrow will also see VAR in operation at Turf Moor for the first time in a Premier League game. We saw it farcically used when we beat Barnsley in the FA Cup last season. I’ll reserve judgement for now but I’m not convinced it is the way forward. Peter Bankes, one of the new members of the Select Group this season will be our man at Stockley Park.

Tomorrow’s officials;

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant Referees: Neil Davies and Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Ross Joyce
VAR: Peter Bankes
AVAR: Derek Eaton

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
2017/18Manchester Citya1-430Y: Westwood, Cork
2018/19Southamptona0-010Y: Cork
2018/19Tottenhama0-120Y: Brady, Bardsley
2018/19Manchester Citya0-510
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