Alan Wiley was the referee for our first home game in the Premier League against Manchester United and returns tomorrow for the game against Fulham.

He stepped in at the last minute for the United game after opening his season at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea played Hull, and much of his season so far has been within the confines of the Premier League.

Of his eighteen games this season he has refereed three in the Carling Cup, two in the Championship with the rest of them being Premier League games. He's not courted too much controversy but he was targeted by Sir Alex Ferguson recently who labelled him as unfit. I wonder how much of that was the fact that United had again failed to win with him in the middle.

Last week we had Phil Dowd who doesn't appear to know what is and what isn't a penalty, at least we could have no quibble over Wiley's award of a penalty in that Manchester United game.

Like Dowd, Wiley referees Burnley having just reached the half century of yellow cards and his total has certainly been boosted by the fact that he's handed out no fewer than fourteen yellow cards in the two Championship games.

In total he's handed out 55 yellow cards. For some time he was breaking the trend having yellow carded far more home players than away players, but that's evened out recently and the total is now 28 home team players and 27 away team players.

To add to that total he's also sent off three players. The first of those was Bolton's Sean Davis in their home game against Liverpool. They led 2-1 at the time but lost the game 3-2. Sunderland's Kieran Richardson was next in their 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, when Wiley was seemingly unfit, and in his next game he dismissed Manchester City full back Pablo Zabaleta as they drew 1-1 at Wigan.

The assistant referees tomorrow are Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) and Nigel Bannister (East Yorkshire), the latter being the assistant who somehow thought that goal had gone in during the Watford v Reading game last season. Fourth official is André Marriner (West Midlands) who last refereed Burnley in our Carling Cup win over Arsenal last season.

Previous Burnley games:

Season

Opps

V

Res

Y

R

Burnley players carded

a

1997/98

Carlisle

h

3-1

5

0

Eyres Ford

1997/98

Grimsby

h

0-2

2

0

Brass Payton

1998/99

Bristol Rovers

a

4-3

4

0

Branch Morgan Reid

2002/03

Watford

a

0-2

3

0

Cox Taylor

2003/04

Crystal Palace

a

0-0

1

0

Grant

2007/08

Arsenal

h

0-2

1

1

Caldwell Lafferty(R)

2009/10

Man Utd

h

1-0

3

0

Blake Paterson