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Referee Watch – Mark Halsey

Barring any late changes, Mark Halsey of Lancashire will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Friday. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mark Halsey has been in the middle for 30 games this season, showing seventy yellow cards and no reds. Whilst the majority of the games he has refereed have been in the Premier League, Mr Halsey has officiated in six Championship games this season, showing eleven yellow cards.

The Lancashire official was in the middle for the fixture between Manchester United and Aston Villa and controversially awarded Manchester United a penalty for a foul by Ciaran Clark on former Villa player Ashley Young. Replays showed that there were was minimal contact and that it was a very soft penalty; something that seemed to incense our brethren from across the expressway along with our former manager.

Last Blues Game Refereed

Mr Halsey was in the middle for the match between Reading and Blues at the Madejski Stadium back in November. In that game he showed yellow cards to Jonathan Spector and Curtis Davies of Blues. Colin Tattum rated him that game with a 7, saying he was excellent.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last Championship game Mr Halsey was in the middle for was the 1-1 draw between Cardiff City and Leeds United. Neither the Cardiff nor Leeds reports I have found have mentioned Mr Halsey which I take to be a positive.

All stats via Soccerbase

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5 Responses to “Referee Watch – Mark Halsey”

  • JohnR says:

    Thank god for a decent referee at last, the one’s we have had recently have been very poor.

  • Mark Peacock says:

    I like him as a ref, I problem I have is why do we have a ref from Lancashire when we are playing a team from Lancashire?

  • Macc lad says:

    He’s probably the best ref we could hope for. In fact he’s probably the best referee currently officiating. He’s also not the only ref to be conned by Ashley Young. I don’t see that diving will be an issue in a game v Blackpool in any case.
    Just to come back on what Mark says, he only lives in Lancashire. He’s actually from Hertfordshire

  • RichardW says:

    I seem to remember he was the ref who sent off Dion Dublin for attacking Robbie Savage in our notable victory at Villa Park a few years ago – he’s one of the better ones.

  • Block 16 says:

    Dear Mark

    Mark Halsey is a good friend – who actually comes from Hertfordshire and merely lives in Lanc’s

    you are assuming wrong that location means bias…


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