Ref watch...Mark Halsey
By Les Roberts
Updated Thursday, 14th December 2006
This will be the fourth time this season that Mr Halsey has refereed an Everton match……the bad news is that we've lost two of them.
The good news is that one was the win at Tottenham when Andy Johnson was
scoring and all was well with the Blues.
The only downside to that game was that Mark Halsey sent off Kevin
Kilbane…but then many didn't see that as such a bad thing!
The last Everton match he refereed was the disappointing, but somewhat
inevitable, 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford when Mikel Arteta entered Mr
In between those two matches he took charge of the even more
disappointing 1-2 defeat at Middlesbrough when the only good thing about
the day was that the Blues left the Riverside without picking up any
In total, Mr Halsey has refereed eight Everton games since 2004/05 and
has issued the Blues with just four yellow cards and one red card.
Of those eight games, Everton have won just two, drawn three and three.
He has also refereed nine Chelsea games over that period and has booked
11 and sent off two.
The bad news for the Everton though is that Chelsea have won all but one
of those games, a 0-1 FA Cup defeat at Newcastle in 2004/05.
Mark Halsey has refereed 10 league games, issuing 27 yellow and 3 red
His haul of three red cards is the most in the Premiership, but his
ratio of 3.00 cards per game is just below average for a Football League
And, judging by his previous record, it's more likely that a Chelsea
player will be taking an early bath rather than an Everton one.
And the way we've been playing we could do with all the help we can get
in this match!
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