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Leeds v Fulham - Matchday Ref

last updated Tuesday 22nd April 2003, 10:37 AM
Matchday Referee - Neale Barry - Scunthorpe

Ref Neale Barry (Scunthorpe)
Neale Barry has enjoyed a relatively low profile in his four seasons in the Premiership and the 42-year-old planner is one of the league's 'steady' officials.

Hailing from Yorkshire, Barry's career began in Scunthorpe in 1974 where he took charge of local Sunday league fixtures.

Elevation to the Football league list came in 1993 and career highlights have included the 1997 Division One play-off final and fourth official for the 1998 Charity Shield.

05-01-2003 FA Cup Fulham 3-1 Birmingham 2y 0r
Bookings: Devlin, Savage (Birmingham)

10-03-2002 FA Cup West Brom 0-1 Fulham 0y 0r
Bookings: None
Quarter finals of the Cup. Fulham won to go through, to play Chelsea, in the semi finals for the first time in 27 years

15-12-2001 Premier Tottenham 4-0 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Ferdinand , Freund , Perry (Tottenham) Boa Morte , Saha (Fulham)
There was a bizarre incident after 28 minutes. Steed Malbranque fouled Freund but referee Neale Barry got it all wrong as he booked Louis Saha by mistake - and that despite consulting one of his assistants. Ref Barry then went on to wrongly booked Luis Boa Morte for diving when he was brought down by Ledley King in the box.

18-08-2000 Division 1 Birmingham 1-3 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Grainger (Birmingham) Boa Morte, Coleman (Fulham)
The game where Maik Taylor crocked ex-Fulham Horsfield and Cookie Coleman got yellow carded for pulling the shirt of the same player. What had The Horse done to deserve it :)

Referee Stats - 2002/2003
  Mr. Barry Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 18 14
Fouls 459 25.50 390 28.10
Penalties 3 0.17 3 0.25
Yellows 61 3.39 42 3.04
Reds 3 0.17 3 0.18
Fouls per Yellow 7.5 7.52 9.2 9.24

Mr. Barry is whistling a little less than last season but the number of yellows he is dishing out has rocketed by some 40% per game to an average of 3.39. He also has a clear bias against away teams..

The Leeds bad boys are Smith 11y 2r, Bakke 10y, Viduka 5y. Okon is on 4y
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