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Lucky Ref Atkinson for Liverpool game

last updated Wednesday 16th April 2008, 11:28 AM
Referee Martin Atkinson - West YorkshireReferee Martin Atkinson - Leeds, Yorkshire
Ref Atkinson started his refereeing career when he was 16 in the local leagues and progressed to The Football League assistant referees list in 1998 before being promoted to the select group of assistant referees in 2000. He refereed the FA County Youth Cup Final in 2003 and was promoted to the national list of referees at the start of the 2003/04 season. Ref Atkinson must have friends in high places as he went from the Conference to the Premiership in two seasons. In 2004/2005 he officiated at four Premiership games, in 2005/2006 he appeared in 14 games and last season he was one of the busiest ref's with 24 Premiership games. He had a reputation of being a lenient referee in The Championship and managed to avoid sending anyone off between August 2004 and October 2005. Yorkshire-based Atkinson has reffed five Fulham Premiership games which have resulted in 3 home wins, one draw and an away defeat with 3 Fulham players being booked out of a total of 10 players. So far the Yorkshire man has been good for Fulham.

Referee Stats - 2007/2008 Premiumship
Ref Atkinson has slightly reduced his whistle blowing this season after hitting above average figures last season although he is still the 8th busiest whistler.

In terms of red cards and pens he is a little below the average.
         Mr. Atkinson's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Ref Pos Total Match Avg
Games 22 18
Fouls 560 25.5 8th 441 24.6
Yellows 72 3.3 7th 58 3.2
Reds 3 0.1 10th 3 0.2
Penalties 3 0.1 14th 4 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 7.8 10th - 7.6
Homer? (2006-2007)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
22 272 32 2 2 288 40 1 1 560 72 3 3
         49% 44% 67% 67% 51% 56% 33% 33% - - - -
Premiership Average
18 49% 42% 52% 64% 51% 58% 48% 36% 441 58 3 4
Ref Atkinson was the biggest homer in the Premiership at one point in 2005/2006 but last season he started to become an average homer and he has continued on the same path again this season.
Previous Fulham games what was refed by Martin Atkinson
22-01-2008 FA Cup Bristol R 0-0 Fulham (B. R. win 5 - 3 on penalties) 1y 1r
Bookings: Stefanovic, (sent off 74, 2nd y),(Fulham)
Memorable for the return of Jimmy Bullard but little else
29-09-2007 Premiership Chelsea 0-0 Fulham 2y 1r
Bookings: Drogba (sent off 74), (Chelsea) Davis (Fulham)
27-01-2007 F.A. Cup Fulham 3-0 Stoke 3y 0r
Bookings: Rosenior, Volz (Fulham) Fuller (Stoke)
04-11-2006 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Everton 1y 0r
Bookings: Neville (Everton)
15-04-2006 Premiership Fulham 2-1 Charlton 0y 0r
Bookings: None
Quiet game for Ref Atkinson but good fun for Fulham fans Boa Morte got two excellent goals and the result put The Cottagers one short of the magical 40 with 4 games to go. We went on to get a further 9 points so nearly a quarter of our seasonal total from 10% of the games.
04-02-2006 Premiership Man Utd 4-2 Fulham 6y 0r
Bookings: Brown, Evra, Neville, Smith (Man Utd) Boa Morte, Rosenior (Fulham)
The one where Ref Atkinson and his lino could not see Van Nistelrooy a yard off-side and interfering with play for United's crucial third goal. And Coleman offered the assistant responsible a forthright opinion, which Ref Atkinson deemed worthy of a quick walk to the stands.

22-10-2005 Premiership Fulham 2-0 Liverpool 2y 0r
Bookings: Josemi, Sissoko (Liverpool)
Referee Atkinson correctly held out against heavy pressure from Liverpool players about a number of decisions

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