Harrington to referee Burnley for first time

Last updated : 06 August 2013 By Tony Scholes

For Harrington, from Cleveland, this will be his first game of the season in what is just his second season as a Football League referee.

In his first season he didn't referee above League One level and tonight will see Burnley become the first Championship club he's ever refereed.

Prior to last season he'd refereed one Football League game, that between Bradford City and Port Vale in February 2012. Last season he got underway in League Two for a few games before being allocated the Crewe v Yeovil game in League One in October last year.

His performance then led to calls from Crewe boss, and former Claret, Steve Davis for the introduction of a referee academy to improve standards and help prevent ill equipped referees such as Harrington getting games at levels beyond them.

"They've got to push referees forward, but only when they're ready and this guy wasn't. He couldn't control the game," said Davis.

It was the first of nine League One games he refereed last season in a total of 24 games. Those games saw him hand out 57 yellow cards and six red cards with five of those reds coming in a run of six games in November and December.

21 of those yellow cards went to home team players with 36 to away team players and the red cards were equally divided between home and away players.

His last game was the League Two game between Notts County and Colchester last April at Meadow Lane. Notts County won the game 3-1 and there were no cards.

The assistant referees are Christopher Akers (South Yorkshire) and Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire). The fourth official is Robert Atkin (Lincolnshire).