Referee warms up for cup tie

Last updated : 24 January 2003 By Tony Scholes

Some Burnley fans thought he had a poor game whilst others thought he did reasonably well. Maybe those amongst us who thought he was poor were influenced by his performance in his only other game, the 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers in August 1999.

That was the day he completely ruined the game and was slaughtered by both managers after the game with Stan claiming that he was not good enough to referee in the Football League.

Whatever we though about his performance at Leicester he did show six yellow cards with three to each side. As the Clarets became the first team to beat Leicester at the Walkers Stadium Steve Davis, Arthur Gnohere and Glen Little all found their way into his notebook.

Since then he has carried on with his average of four plus cards per game until last week and it does look as though he has been warming up for our game. In three games during this eight day period he has shown a total of 23 yellow and 3 red cards. There were nine yellow cards in the FA Cup tie between Reading and Walsall and finally this week there were eight yellow and two red in the LDV Vans Trophy game between Bournemouth and Bristol City.

In total this season he has issued 110 yellow and 6 red cards in just 25 games.

There is one thing though and that is the fact that home players don’t get off particularly lightly. Of the 110 yellow cards 57 have gone to home team players and 53 to away team players whilst 4 of the 6 reds have been given to home team players.

He has refereed two Brentford games previously this season and they have lost both, at home to Middlesbrough in the Worthington Cup and at Cheltenham in the league despite Cheltenham’s Grant McCann being sent off. Referee Hill had more than players to deal with though in the Middlesbrough game, the visiting keeper Mark Crossley had a bottle thrown at him.

We can just hope that he referees as he did in the Worthington Cup tie between Charlton and Port Vale in September 2001, that was the last time he kept both his cards in his pocket for the entire match.