Drysdale's first Burnley game

Last updated : 13 January 2006 By Tony Scholes

The 34 year-old has been refereering for seventeen years and was promoted to the Football League, initially as an assistant, after progressing through the Northern Premier League.

He had a reasonably quiet first season as a league referee and averaged not much over two yellow cards per game but he’s been somewhat busier this season and in 21 games has handed out a total of 78 yellow cards and 6 red cards.

Should we be concerned that he leans towards the home teams? Not looking at those cards with 43 of them going to home players and just 35 to away players, whilst four home players have been sent off by him yet only two away players. And one of those two away players was sent off in a double red card incident in the game between Rotherham and Mansfield that saw Michael Keane and Gus Uhlenbeek receive their marching orders.

Although he’s new to the Clarets, he and Cardiff’s paths have crossed before in their league game this season at Norwich, a game they lost 1-0 with an own goal from goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

Drysdale is a referee I’ve not seen either live, or on television, so I have no idea what to expect at all. We’ll know more about him in just over 24 hours.

He will be assisted by Martin Cassidy (Somerset) and Mike Mullarkey (Devon) whilst the fourth official duties will be carried out by Keith Buller (Somerset).