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Ref Clattenburg to boss Bolton game

last updated Monday 28th January 2008, 11:00 PM
Mark ClattenburgMark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear Co. Durham)
At the age of 33 he is by far the youngest referee in the Select Group of Officials. When he was 16 he was sent on a refereeing course as part of the Duke of Edinburgh awards and was immediately bitten by the refereeing bug. Mark then started his refereeing career in 1990 and is the product of the ‘fast tracking system’ that allows referees of a young age and ability to be rushed through the various levels of refereeing to enable them to reach the top of their profession a lot more quickly. By 1999 he was promoted to the National List of Assistant Referees and was refereeing in the Conference. He only spent a year on that list before he was promoted once more to the National List of Referees meaning he was just one step away from the Premiership. So at the age of 25 years old he became the youngest referee to officiate in the Football League since 1956 when the legendary Jack Taylor blew his whistle. Taylor went on to referee the 1974 World Cup Final so Mark still has a lot to go for. Mr Clattenburg has so far reffed seven Fulham Premiership games which resulted in 2 wins 2 draw and 3 defeats with 18 yellows for Fulham players and 16 for opposition players.

Referee Stats - 2007/2008

Ref Clattenburg blows his whistle slightly more than  his fellow Refs.And when he does whistle he is fractionally more  likely to give a yellow card making him the third busiest yellow carder in the Premiership.

After three red cards in his first Premiership season he appears to casting caution to the winds this season with 6 reds in 15 games making him the second busiest in the Premiership.

  Mr. Clattenburg's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos. Total Match Avg
Games 15     12  
Fouls 395 26.3 7th 304 25.1
Yellows 54 3.6 3rd 41 3.4
Reds 6 0.4 2nd 2 0.2
Penalties 4 0.3 9th 3 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 7.3  8th - 7.4
Homer? (2007-2008)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
15 197 31 4 1 198 23 2 3 395 54 6 4
  50% 57% 67% 25% 50% 43% 33% 75%        
Premiership Average
12 50% 43% 53% 65% 50% 57% 48% 35% 304 41 2 3

Ref Clattenburg has no favourites when he whistles but when he gets his cards out he is decidedly different to the norm.

He is clearly favouring visiting squads with more of his cards going to home squad more than any other ref in fact.

Hopefully he doesn't decide to change for the Bolton game.

Previous Fulham games what was refed by Mark Clattenburg
2007/2008
29-12-2007 Premiership Birmingham 1-1 Fulham 3y 1r
Bookings: Bouazza (sent off 79, 2nd yel), Davies, Konchesky (Fulham)
Roy Hodgson watched in the stands prior to taking over on the 30th December.
2006/2007
29-04-2007 Premiership Arsenal 3-1 Fulham 6r 0r
Bookings: Eboue, Silva (Arsenal) Bocanegra, Brown, Helguson, Volz (Fulham)
06-01-2007 FA Cup Leicester 2-2 Fulham 2r 0r
Bookings: Williams (Leicester) Bocanegra (Fulham)
17-09-2006 Premiership Tottenham 0-0 Fulham 4y 0r
Bookings: Chimbonda, Mido (Tottenham) Boa Morte, Bocanegra (Fulham)
2005/2006
17-12-2005 Premiership Fulham 2-1 Blackburn 8y 0r
Bookings: Helguson, Knight, McBride, Radzinski (Fulham) Bentley, Dickov, Neill, Tugay (Blackburn)
Fulham players score all the goals in a 2-1 victory
24-08-2005 Premiership Arsenal 4-1 Fulham 7y 0r
Bookings: Bergkamp, Cole, Flamini, Lauren, Reyes (Arsenal) Boa Morte, Rehman (Fulham)
And "Bonus" Warner saved a penalty.
2004/2005
28-12-2004 Premiership Fulham 2-3 Birmingham 1y 0r
Bookings: Rehman (Fulham)

03-04-2004 Premiership Fulham 3-1 Portsmouth 6y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Goma, Rosenior (Fulham) O'Neil, Skopelitis, Stefanovic (Portsmouth)
Dejan Stefanovic was lucky not to be sent of in the fourth minute when he brought down Boa Morte as he prepared to charge through on goal, but referee Mark Clattenburg opted for leniency and showed only a yellow card. This was the game were Steed Malbranque failed to convert a penalty when Fulham were 1-0 down and suffering near the drop zone. Bet Steedie was happy with the final score :-)

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