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Ref Swap - Pompey v Manchester City

Chris Foy, who was originally scheduled for this match, is now going to officiate in the match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Middlesbrough. Mike Dean from Wirral takes over the match at Fratton Park.

Mike has officiated in 19 matches this season for the Premiership, during that time he has issued 65 yellow cards and shown his red card five times, putting him at seventh place in the Referees Table.

He has presided over Portsmouth once this season, which was the 3-0 defeat against City`s neighbours United at Old Trafford. Pompey`s Sean Davis was the only player to have his name taken that day. City have seen him twice; this was at home to Sheffield United which resulted in a 0-0 draw, the other match was their 3-1 win at Villa Park when they overturned a resurgent Aston Villa, who had Gareth Barry booked.

Mike began referring at local level back in 1987, making the grade of Football League Referee in 1997. He became a Premier League Referee in 2001 and went on to officiate in the 2004 FA Trophy and also the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United. He was also the Championship Play Off Final referee in 2006.

Mike lists his interests and hobbies as golf, running, swimming, gardening, cinema, driving and horse racing.

The revised Match Official Team:

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Referee Assistants:
Red/Yellow flag: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Yellow flag: Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire)
4th Official: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire)

Match Delegate: Geoff Mackrell
PGMO: Derek Hedges

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The Journalist

Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 9 2007

Time: 6:37AM

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Who cares who the ref is we have enough to think about with our own perfermance.
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09/02/2007 09:44:00

the article isn't a case of caring who the ref is Matt, just an introduction as to who the referee is, similar to the match preview. I cannot quite understand why you feel it is of little importance, so if you feel it is not worth adding to this site then I will ensure that it stops.
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09/02/2007 10:20:00

Can we have someone to referee on that one.
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09/02/2007 11:36:00

As long as it's not Uriah Renney - I'm a happy lad. LL upfront tomorrow?
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09/02/2007 11:40:00

Mr Rennie is a fool
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09/02/2007 11:55:00

Its nice to see an article about the ref, so no, dont stop the article. I think, like me, the Who Cares, refers to peoples comments of doom and gloom that normally follow the article.
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09/02/2007 12:05:00

I don't care who referees as long as I am in the BLUE CORNER.
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09/02/2007 12:23:00

Slip the ref a fiver to chalk off any city goals!!
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09/02/2007 12:41:00

as one of the doom and gloom merchants that dont agree with Midge and everything in the garden is rosey i would like to say I'm intrested in the referee.Im not intrested in those who criticise other people for pointing out some plain facts.
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09/02/2007 14:45:00

The plain facts are that it hasnt matterd who the ref is, the pompey players havnt been trying!! Still, forgive and forget, i hope they roll up thier slleves tomorrow and get stuck in. I like these articles knowing who the ref is though, but TPB, if you find out it's graham poll can you leave it off then to stp it ruining friday night! lol.
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09/02/2007 17:24:00

it clearly states it's an article about the ref- if you don't care who the ref is don't read it... simple
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09/02/2007 17:59:00

Tpb, it says in the forum you're not doing this article anymore, why??
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09/02/2007 18:12:00

Pompey 4 me I agree about your plain fact but i am intrested to know who the Ref is although i hope Midge will agree some of the assistant refs seem to be our biggest issue at the moment and i dont know who any of them are. ...re Graham Poll stop it now!!! he is not an egotistical tw@ he's simply misunderstood.
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09/02/2007 19:04:00

Pompey4me - can't see the point if a co-journalist doesn't see the need for it. This is a team affair so as a result if a team member feels it's not worthwhile then something else will be done instead.
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09/02/2007 23:39:00

It's good to know who I'm shouting at and complaining about
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10/02/2007 09:36:00

The ref, that is, not you lot!
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10/02/2007 09:38:00

well given the performance of the ref today i vote we kepp it going, i'd never given any though to the name Mike dean but i will now. PuP
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10/02/2007 23:03:00

He was awful, how can he book Cole for such a stupid thing like not walking over to him when summoned then only book Barton the Plastic Gangsta for ending Mendes' season early? Then to rub salt into the wound, he "sends off" Harry after he went into the officials changing room to complain about the attack on Mendes? Mike Dean, you are the weakest link - don't ever come back!!
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11/02/2007 12:00:00

Crikey TruePompeyBlue sounds like he was on a par with Barry Knightmare, Uriah Rennie, Mr Deadman and Keith Hill!!!
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12/02/2007 14:27:00

Barry Knight and his 12 minutes injury time against Norwich, remember it well!
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12/02/2007 21:54:00

Well this ref watch proved quite interesting considering what happened on Saturday - I wonder how many are interested now?
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13/02/2007 08:32:00


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