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Mike Dean was at Burnley a year ago this weekend when he refereed our home game against Tottenham Hotspur and he’s back again tomorrow when we take on Bournemouth in the Premier League.

It’s not his first Turf Moor game since. Having refereed that 2-1 win against Spurs, he returned later in the season for our 2-0 win against Cardiff and then on the final day of the 2018/19 season when we were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal. He was in charge at the Emirates too for our first away game of this season and he also blew the final whistle of 2019 when Manchester United were our visitors.

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He’s been labelled arrogant by some over the years, and he certainly has his own style of refereeing. He’s had good and bad games with Burnley but he is our most experienced referee and, overall, he’s a damn good referee and that’s why he’s stayed at the top for so long.

When he sent off Ashley Young in last season’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves, he took his total of Premier League red cards to 100, a total that’s now gone on to 104. Last month he refereed the Arsenal v Sheffield United game, his 500th Premier League game and, not surprisingly, the first referee to reach that total. He’s added two more games since.

Our most senior referee has taken charge of 22 games this season. Two of those have been in the League Cup with the other twenty in the Premier League. He’s one short of a total too with 99 yellow cards this season but given he hasn’t had a card free games in the Premier League since September 2017, someone at the Turf tomorrow is very likely to be number hundred.

Of those 99 yellow cards, 52 of them have gone to home team players with 47 to away team players and there have also been four red cards. Earlier this season he sent off Southampton’s Kevin Danso in a 1-1 home draw against Manchester United. In his next match he dismissed West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku in a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

That was it until this month but he’s sent off a player in each of his last two games. Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko went off at Spurs in a 2-0 defeat and last Friday he sent off Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury as they drew 0-0 at Wolves.

I’m not wishing to tempt fate but the last time he sent off players in three successive games was in January last year. The third of those games was Huddersfield v Burnley when he sent off both Christopher Schindler and Robbie Brady.

He has his moments, but generally he’s still, in my view, our best referee, and he currently leads RATE THE REF with a rating of 82.22 out of 100. Alongside him tomorrow as fourth official is Tony Harrington. His last Burnley game was our League Cup defeat at Accrington in August 2016. Chris Kavanagh was referee for our last home game against Arsenal; tomorrow he will be our VAR at Stockley Park where, it can only be hoped, he performs better in that role than he did at Chelsea in midweek.

Match Officials

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann & Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Daniel Cook

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Bournemouthh2-230
1997/98Lutonh1-130Y: Cooke
1998/99Walsalla1-340Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton
1999/2000Chesterfieldh2-120Y: Cowan
1999/2000Wiganh0-050Y: Johnrose, Thomas
2000/01Crystal Palaceh2-210
2002/03Bradford Citya2-262Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor
2003/04Bradford Cityh4-000
2003/04Prestona3-540Y: Blake, Gnohere, West
2003/04Ipswichh4-230Y: Chaplow, McGregor
2004/05Blackburnh0-050Y: Camara, Hyde
2005/06Leedsh1-250Y: Harley, Hyde
2005/06Crystal Palaceh0-040Y: Harley, Branch
2006/07Sunderlandh2-230Y: Hyde
2006/07Leicesterh0-130Y: Caldwell
2007/08Blackpoolh2-220Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell
2008/09West Broma2-200
2008/09Sheffield UnitedW1-042Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes
2009/10Tottenhama0-520Y: Bikey
2009/10Arsenalh1-120Y: Caldwell, Eagles
2009/10Blackburnh0-150Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff
2009/10Tottenhamh4-200
2010/11Leicestera0-430Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey
2012/13Peterboroughh5-220Y: Mills
2013/14Blackburna2-130Y: Arfield
2014/15Crystal Palacea0-050Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd
2014/15Newcastlea3-360Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd
2014/15West Bromh2-240
2014/15Arsenalh0-120Y: Mee, Duff
2015/16Bristol Citya2-100
2016/17Southamptona1-330Y: Defour, Marney
2016/17Leicesterh1-010Y: Lowton
2017/18Newcastleh1-030Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski
2017/18Manchester Unitedh0-160Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour
2017/18Stokea1-130Y: Barnes
2018/19Leicestera0-020
2018/19Huddersfielda2-152Y: Mee, Bardsley, Wood, Heaton R: Brady
2018/19Tottenhamh2-140Y: Bardsley
2018/19Cardiffh2-060Y: Tarkowski, Barnes
2018/19Arsenalh1-360Y: Heaton, Barnes, Tarkowski, Lowton, Cork
2019/20Arsenala1-230Y: Barnes
2019/20Manchester Unitedh0-270Y: Bardsley, Mee, Taylor, McNeil
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