English Premier League Referees, Matchweek 3 (August 30 & 31)
Light week this week, and we’re seeing a couple of new referee faces. Or, at least, new to this season’s matches.
It’s great to see Phil Dowd (above) in action again, and with a big one, too: Tottenham v. Liverpool. Dude’s what? 51? He’s the poster boy for eliminating refereeing age limits. (There are rumors that even FIFA plans to do away with the 45-year-old limit.)
He was fourth official at the Sunderland v. Manchester United match this past Sunday, and I must say, he’s looking quite fit for 51.
The other new face is Robert Madley, who will take the cracker between (absolutely awful) QPR and Sunderland on Saturday. I know bugger all about Madley, so will be interested to see how he does.
The Big Man, Mark Clattenburg, has Villa v. Hull on Sunday.
As of today (Tuesday) there’s a strange blank spot for the Swansea v. West Brom center ref. Since the AR1 is Harry Lennard – and his usual center referee Chris Foy has a game at Burnley – I’m guessing this will either be Lee Probert or Andre Marriner (both of whom Lennard also tends to work with).
Both Probert and Marriner have yet to take a game this season due to injuries; PGMOL could be holding the spot to see which of them is match fit. I’ll update this as soon as I hear.
Note: I’ve been informed on Twitter that Premier League is saying Paul Tierney will referee Swansea v. West Brom. Tierney is not a regular PL referee, but neither is Madley, so I’m not sure why they wouldn’t announce him there and not here. It’s possible he’s a placeholder, but we’ll see. If he’s not, I’m hoping Probert and Marriner get fit soon. I miss those guys…