Pike takes charge

Last updated : 18 January 2002 By Tony Scholes

The 39 year old Pike, from Barrow-in-Furness is now in his fifth season as a Football League referee and will be in charge of a Burnley game for the first time this season.

He has taken charge of 22 games to date this season and is averaging just over two yellow cards per game with 46 and has also added just three red cards to that total. The most yellows he has issued in a game is five in the Port Vale v Reading game in Division Two and has kept just one clean sheet in the 3rd Division game between Darlington and Exeter City.

The three players to see red from him this season are Wimbledon goalkeeper Paul Heald in a 3-0 defeat at Watford, Bury's Gareth Seddon as they went down 4-0 at Oldham and just last week Graham Allen of Tranmere in a 0-0 home draw with Colchester United.

The last time he took charge of a Burnley game was November 2000 and the 2-0 home win against Norwich City. On that occasion he showed five yellow cards including Kevin Ball and Graham Branch.

In our promotion season the only Burnley game he refereed was the 1st round of the Worthington Cup, the 5-0 defeat at Maine Road. On that occasion the only yellow card of the game was given to Paul Crichton.

That's the only time he has refereed us away from home but he can add two more Turf Moor appearances to his collection. In 1998/99 he took charge of our 1-1 home draw with Wycombe and booked Andy Cooke and in the Waddle season he was in charge at Turf Moor for the first time as Millwall beat us 2-1. Again Andy Cooke was the only Burnley player to see yellow.