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Halsey is the man in the middle

last updated Thursday 09th September 2004, 1:16 PM
Mark Halsey -Bolton, Lancashire
Ref Mark HalseyMark Halsey enjoyed a fairly meteoric rise to the Premier League referees list having only taken up the profession in the 1988/89 season. The 41-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.

Halsey came into the Premiership with a reputation as a lover of injury time. He was in charge of the 1998/99 Division Two play-off final in which Manchester City scored in the 95th minute to equalise with Gillingham, before winning the match on penalties.

Referee Stats -2003/2004
Ref Halsey's figures shows that he whistles less than the average Premiership Ref and also dishes less yellows. However he is keen on penalties topping the list last season. Seven out of the eight were given to home teams so lets hope he continues on Saturday as he left off last season.Last season he sent off two players one of them being Sol Cambell for the unusual offense of steamrollering someone in the penalty area. So unlike Sol, not!!
  Mr. Halsey's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 24 16
Fouls 579 24.1 409 25.76
Yellows 48 2.00 45 2.86
Reds 2 0.08 2 0.15
Penalties 8 0.33 2 0.15
Fouls per Yellow - 12.1 - 9.00
Homer? (2003-2004)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Fouls Yellow Red Fouls Yellow Red
24 266 17 1 313 31 1 579 48 2
  46% 35% 50% 54% 65% 50% - - -
Premiership Average
17 48% 44% 34% 52% 56% 66% 446 50 3
Ref Halsey is a good old fashioned Homer and seems not to mind what his stats show. He was the third best Homer last season and as the soon to be forgotten Jeff Winter has now retired Ref Halsey could be top Homer this season. Best of luck on Saturday Mr Halsey.
2002-2003
19-01-2003
Premier 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 Premier Southampton 4-2 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Michael Svensson (Southampton) Boa Morte , Goma (Fulham) 11-09-2002 Premier Fulham 3-2 Tottenham 1y 0r
Bookings: Thatcher (Tottenham)
This is the game where the linesman on the Ellerslie Road 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.2001-2002
01-04-2002 Premier Fulham 0-1 West Ham 2y 0r
Bookings: Finnan (Fulham) Dailly (West Ham)09-02-2002 Premier 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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