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last updated Tuesday 27th January 2009, 9:59 AM

Mark Halsey - Bolton, Lancashire
Ref Mark HalseyMark Halsey enjoyed a fairly meteoric rise to the Premiership League referees list having only taken up the profession in the 1988/89 season after playing 12 years of non-league football. The 46-year-old self-employed driver - or white van man - caught the refereeing bug in the Hertfordshire County League, before joining the football league as a linesman in 1993.

He was promoted to the Premier League list in 1999. Promotion to the FIFA list followed just a year later in 2000 and he refereed his first full international in 2004.

Ref Halsey's reputation suffered a serious blow after disgraceful behaviour in the 2004 Arsenal and 2006 Chelsea games and has to work hard to convince Fulham fans and club staff of his impartiality and ability when he bosses Fulham.

Ref Halsey has "managed" 14 Fulham games in the Premiership and the Cottagers have won 4, lost 7 and drawn 3. He has yellow carded 31 players in the 14 games 18 of them wearing the Fulham shirt. Of the 14 Fulham games he has been involved with 11 were home games with the infamous Arsenal game right in the middle. Since the Arsenal game he has given more cards to Fulham players than visitors in 5 out of 6 home games but in the 4 games prior to the Arsenal game Fulham players got less or the same number of cards as visiting players. Pure coincidence surely.

Referee Stats -2008/2009
Ref Halsey is behaving total differently to previous seasons and to his referee mates.

The average number of yellow cards being issued in Premiership games so far this season is just over 3 Mr Halsey's average is just over 1 or 66% below average! He is also 50% below the Premiership average for red cards.

He seems desperste to keep his cards in his pocket which has to be welcolmed.
          Mr. Halsey's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos Total Match Avg
Games 13 12
Fouls 233 17.9 18th 286 23.7
Yellows 17 1.3 18th 40 3.3
Reds 1 0.1 10th 2 0.2
Penalties 2 0.2 9th 2 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 13.7 18th - 7.2
Homer? (2008-2009)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
13 118 8 0 1 115 9 1 1 233 17 1 2
51% 47% 0% 50% 49% 53% 100% 50% - - - -
Premiership Average
12 49% 43% 39% 64% 51% 57% 61% 36% 286 40 2 2

After reaching the heights in the homers yellow card league in previous seasons Ref Halsey is managing to restrain himself this season.

Last season 15 refs were bigger homers than Ref Halsey so it just might be that Mr Halsey is trying to improve his act. Best of luck Mark .

Previous Fulham games what was reffed by Mark Halsey
26-10-2008 Prem Portsmouth 1- 1 Fulham 0y 0r
Bookings: None
22-11-2008 Prem Liverpool 0-0 Fulham 0y 0r
Bookings: None
05-04-2008 Prem Fulham 1- 3 Sunderland 2y 0r
Bookings: Andreasen, McBride (Fulham)
For a change the worse thing on the pitch was not Ref Halsey it was the Fulham. We were left 6 points from safety with 5 games to go! As Roy of the Fulham said "The only lifeline is that football is not played on paper - on paper it looks very, very bad for us." The Boys went on to win 4 out of the last 5!!!
01-01-2008 Prem Fulham 1-2 Chelsea 1y 0r
Bookings: Stefanovic (Fulham)
Roy Hodgson's first game in charge and Halsey actually gave us a penalty.
22-09-2007 Prem Fulham 3-3 Man City 5y 0r
Bookings: Bocanegra, Dempsey, Konchesky (Fulham) Hamann, Richards (Man City)
Ref Halsey was a disgrace as usual, missed several handballs, Hammann kicking out at Healy following a minor foul and worst of all, how on earth could he leave Richards on the pitch with only a yellow after clearly raising his hands and pushing an opponent. Sure it was nothing but those are the rules as they stand. Halsey also allowed Brazilian Elano to get away with a blatant foul before setting up the goal that Petrov hoped would be the winner

18-02-2007 FA Cup Fulham 0-4 Tottenham 4y 1r
Bookings: Diop, Queudrue, Montella(sent off 90) (Fulham) Gardner, Keane (Tottenham)
Surprise, surprise, Mark Halsey refused Fulham a penalty, allowed offside goals for the opposition, cautioned Fulham players and let opposition players off in similar situations. Why he is kept on the referee list is a mystery. His presence at Craven Cottage is an insult.

23-09-2006 Premiership Fulham 0-2 Chelsea 3y 0r
Bookings: Queudrue, Volz (Fulham) Carvalho (Chelsea)
More disputed penalties with surprise, surprise Fulham on the losing side of decisions. Thanks Mark hopefully we won't see you again

07-05-2006 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Middlesbro 1y 0r
Bookings: Graham (Middlesbro)
11-09-2004 Premiership Fulham 0-3 Arsenal 4y 0r
Bookings: Legwinski, Van der Sar (Fulham) Fabregas, Vieira (Arsenal)
The one that included the most infamous refereeing controversy to occur at Craven Cottage in living memory. Andrew Cole was brought down in the penalty area and Ref Halsey blew his whistle and pointed to the spot. After being surrounded by Arsenal players he went through the motions of speaking to the lino and cancelled the penalty. As anyone who was there will remember there was absolute pandemonium. However Ref Halsey stuck to his second decision and later created additional upset by disallowing a goal by Collins John.All this took place before Arsenal had scored and would have put Fulham 2-0 up at half-time. It also led on to the battle with West Brom as Fulham players tried to copy Arsenal.
No visits from Mark Halsey this season
19-01-2003 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Middlesbro 1y 0r
Bookings: Southgate (Middlesbro)
04-12-2002 League Cup Wigan 2-1 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Djetou , Inamoto , Ouaddou (Fulham)
27-10-2002 Premiership Southampton 4-2 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Michael Svensson (Southampton) Boa Morte , Goma (Fulham)
11-09-2002 Premiership Fulham 3-2 Tottenham 1y 0r
Bookings: Thatcher (Tottenham)
This is the game where the linesman on the Ellerslie Road (remember the time of exile at QPR) side had a shocker allowing two Spurs goals despite offsides and fouls but redeemed himself by insisting on giving a justifiable penalty to Fulham against the initial wishes of Halsey.
01-04-2002 Premiership Fulham 0-1 West Ham 2y 0r
Bookings: Finnan (Fulham) Dailly (West Ham)
09-02-2002 Premiership Fulham 2-0 Blackburn 5y 1r
Bookings: Malbranque , Marlet , Melville (Fulham) Neill , Tugay, Sent Off: Short (Blackburn)
29-11-2001 League Cup Fulham 1-2 Tottenham 2y 0r
Bookings: Bunjevcevic , Ziege (Tottenham)
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