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Mike Riley to boss Charlton v Fulham

last updated Wednesday 12th October 2005, 11:18 AM

Referee Mike Riley- Leeds, West Yorkshire
Referee Mike RileyMike Riley was the Premiership's youngest referee in 1999/2000. Riley, who is a finance director by profession, began refereeing in 1980 and joined the Football League roster in 1994.

The Premiership beckoned in 1996 and by 1999 he was on the official FIFA list. The 1996 Youth Cup was his first taste of officiating a high profile final. He took charge of the 2001 Charity Shield and 2002 Cup Final.

During the 2002/2003 season Mr Riley gave 8 penalties, 7 of them were in favour of Man Utd. He had officiated at 5 Man U games giving penalties in all of them including two games where he gave two penalties to the Mancunians. How unfortunate!

In the 2003/2004 season Ref Wiley only gave two penalties, neither to Man Utd, and officiated at the 3-1 thrashing of Man U by Fulham without giving a penalty to either squad, so he has gone some way to redeem himself.

Unfortunately for Ref Riley early last season somebody thought it would be a good idea if he looked after another Man U game, this time against Arsenal, and we know what happened that day.

Mr Riley has reffed 10 Fulham games in the last 6 years and in those 10 games he has sent off three Fulham players.

Referee Stats - 2005/2006

Ref Riley is the busiest ref in the Premiership blopwing his whistle an average of 36 times in his first 5 games. He is also the keenest card issuer averaging 4 cards a game. In terms of red cards it is still early days but even so he has issued 2 in comparison to the average of under one. He will need to slow down if he is not to dish out an all time record number.Ref Riley seems to have decided that penalties should be few and far between. Good idea after the Battle of Old Trafford last season.

  Mr. Riley's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 5 4
Fouls 180 36.00 127 28.43
Yellows 25 5.00 15 3.28
Reds 2 0.40 0.9 0.20
Penalties 0 0.00 0.8 0.18
Fouls per Yellow - 7.2 - 8.7
Homer? (2005-2006)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
5 85 9 0 0 95 16 2 0 180 25 2


  54% 50% 0% 0% 46% 50% 100% 0% - - - -
Premiership Average
4 49% 45% 33% 43% 51% 55% 67% 57% 127 15 1 1

Ref Riley's gives more fouls against home teams but shares the yellows out evenly.At the moment he has given all his reds to visiting squads. Hope he is on form on Monday

Previous Fulham games what was refed by Mike Riley
27-08-2005 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Everton 3y 1r
Bookings: Malbranque (Fulham) NevilleNeville (sent off 90 snd yel), Weir (Everton)
04-10-2004 Premiership C Palace 2-0 Fulham 2y 1r
Bookings: Johnson (C Palace) Bocanegra, Pearce (sent off 6) (Fulham)
The one when Ian Pearce was sent off just five minutes into the match for pulling back Johnson, when the Palace striker was clean through on goal, and the red card saw Coleman's side under the cosh for the rest of the match. 10-11-2004 League Cup Nottm Forest 2-4 Fulham 6y 0r
Bookings: Dawson, Evans, Perch, Thompson (Nottm Forest) Cole, Volz (Fulham)
03-04-2004 Premiership Fulham 0-0 Birmingham 6y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte ,Davis ,Djetou ,Malbranque (Fulham) Savage ,Upson (Birmingham)24-02-2004 FA Cup West Ham 0-3 Fulham 1y 0 r
Bookings: Horlock (West Ham)20-12-2003 Premiership Fulham 0-1 Chelsea 5y 0r
Bookings: Clark, Saha (Fulham) Gronkjaer, Joe Cole, Johnson (Chelsea)25-10-2003 Premiership Man Utd 1-3 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Djemba-Djemba, Forlan, Fortune, Giggs (Man Utd) Knight (Fulham)
21-10-2001 Premiership Fulham 1-1 Ipswich 5y 1r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Boa Morte (sent off 45), Legwinski (Fulham) Armstrong, Peralta, Wilnis (Ipswich)
Ref Riley wrongly sent Boa Morte off for diving despite there being a clear block by Hreidarsson and helped The Cottagers to lose 2 points.
10-03-2001 Division 1 Fulham 2-0 QPR 2y 0r
Bookings: Baraclough, Crouch (QPR)
20-11-1999 Division 1 Blackburn 2-0 Fulham 7y 1r
Bookings: Grayson, Ward (Blackburn) Clark, Coleman, Hayward, Horsfield, Symons, Cadamarteri (sent off 84)(Fulham)
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