First Burnley game for Mason

Last updated : 23 November 2007 By Tony Scholes
The 36-year-old chairman of the Bolton Referees Association joined the Football League list in 2002 and in February 2006 took charge of his first Premiership game. In those five previous seasons he's never been selected to take charge of a Burnley game although we have seen him on the touchline as fourth official.

We've not seen Mason and although he doesn't have a record as being excessive with cards he certainly does have his moments, particularly when he referees League One Leeds it appears.

His first game this season was Tranmere v LOL and there were seven yellow cards in that game. His most recent game was LOL v Swindon and that brought with it eight yellow cards. That's a third of his cards this season.

In thirteen games he's still to get his red card out but has handed out 45 yellow cards, 14 of them have gone to home team players with the other 31 going to away team players. He's had no card free games this season.

With his red card kept in his pocket we have to go back to January the last time he used it and the cruel dismissal of Macclesfield goalkeeper just after half time in their FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. The score was 2-1 at the time and Macclesfield went on to lose the game 6-1.

An unknown for Burnley - we'll see how he gets on and what sort of marks he gets in our message board 'Rate the Ref'.

He will be assisted by David Richardson (West Yorkshire) and Mo Matadar (Lancashire) whilst the fourth official duties will be carried out by the same referee as was the case in our last home game against Hull, that is Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).