Portsmouth - Whistleblower - Everton v Portsmouth
UK time is: 00:14:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Whistleblower - Everton v Portsmouth

A well respected man in the middle for this match comes in the shape of Mr. Howard Webb.

The Referees fitness co-ordinator for Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA, Howard has a no nonsense approach to his game and rules with a rod of iron. He has officiated in twenty seven Premiership matches this season and is currently placed fourth in the referees table, having booked 104 players and dismissed four which gives him a total of 4 bookings per match. His most recent sending off was the match at Blackburn who hosted Charlton last week - Fratton Park`s most disliked player Ben Thatcher was sent from the field of play during that match for a second bookable offence.

During this season, Howard has officiated in just two matches involving Portsmouth prior to this significant encounter. Those matches brought mixed results but both involved Manchester clubs. His first was the match at Old Trafford on the 4th November which finished 3-0 to United; his next was Pompey`s 2-1 home win over Manchester City on the 10th February. In contrast, Everton have yet to be involved in a match with Howard as referee, though he has been fourth official in two of their matches.

Howard will most mostly be remembered by Pompey though for the controversy that surrounded his actions over the blatant stamp by Joey Barton on the Achilles tendon of Portsmouth`s Pedro Mendes during the match at Fratton Park this season - Mendes has not played apart from one match since then due to that injury. Latest events at Manchester City tend to highlight that this behaviour of Barton`s was simply not "accidental"; a view shared by the Match of the Day panel who voiced their belief that Barton`s challenge was certainly deliberate.

Howard started off on his journey to become a professional referee in 1989, officiating at local level in Rotherham leagues. By 1993 he moved up to the Northern Counties East list as an Assistant Referee and progressed to a Northern Counties East Referee in 1995. Six years later in 1996, he joined the National List of Assistant Referees and became a Football League Referee and Premier League Assistant Referee in 1998. Two more years and he moved up to the National List of Referees in 2000 before making the grade of Select List of Referees in 2003.

His record to date shows that he was the referee for the 1997 Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Final, Assistant Referee for one of the 2000 FA Trophy Semi-Finals and was referee in the 2000 Pontins League Cup Final. More recently, he was the Fourth Official for the 2004 FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United, the referee for the 2005 FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Arsenal and the referee for the 2006 FA Trophy Final. Howard was also the referee for one of the European Under-21 Championships semi-final and referee for the final.

In his spare time, Howard classes himself as a keen sportsman and enjoys spending time with his family.

Everton v Portsmouth
The Premiership
Saturday 5th May - 3.00 p.m.

Howard Webb -Yorkshire

Referee Assistants:
Andy Garratt West Midlands
Glenn Turner Derbyshire

4th Official:
Mike Pike Cumbria

Match Delegate:
John Bramhall

Alan Wilkie

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 3 2007

Time: 10:39AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
The Joey Barton challenge on Pedro was a error and Webb certainly missed that, lets hope he's a little more alert on Saturday for what is a huge game for both clubs.
Report Abuse
03/05/2007 12:58:00

we will this one at whatever cost.
Report Abuse
03/05/2007 15:20:00

I mean we will win this one at whatever cost
Report Abuse
03/05/2007 15:22:00

I have this feeling we'll snatch this one by the odd goal, 1-0 or 2-1... If AJ misses out for Everton we have an even better chance...
Report Abuse
03/05/2007 15:52:00

Give us a game the whistle man be fair and firm
Report Abuse
04/05/2007 09:04:00

problem is pompeyrug it seems our squad is having its annual injury depletion period this month, new large squad, same old problem
Report Abuse
04/05/2007 12:15:00

Whoever plays just needs passion, that will be enough at this time of year
Report Abuse
04/05/2007 22:09:00

If the players are up for it, even if it means having Traore and Noe Pamarot in the same side - not sure which combination is worse when Stefanovic is thrown into the mix, jesus imagine all three, bloody hell - we can do it... i have a very good friend who follows Everton and he has worries if AJ is going to be out, he totally changes the way they play and without his pace we should be able to cope whoever is in the back four...
Report Abuse
05/05/2007 10:44:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Stats: Portsmouth v York (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Portsmouth v York - Team Sheets (Tuesday November 24 2015)

YORK PREVIEW (Tuesday November 24 2015)

McNulty good to go! (Tuesday November 24 2015)

L2 round-up after Carlisle 2-2 Pompey (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Cook ahead of York (h) (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Stevens MotM again! (Against Carlisle) (Tuesday November 24 2015)

On this day in history...24th November (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Match Day Officials v York (Monday November 23 2015)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Plymouth 19 12 3 4 14 39
2. Oxford 19 10 7 2 14 37
3. Northampton 19 11 4 4 8 37
4. Portsmouth 19 8 9 2 15 33
5. Accrington 18 9 5 4 8 32
6. Leyton Orient 19 8 6 5 5 30
7. Carlisle 19 8 6 5 0 30

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Who Needs Money?
Morecambe : 24/11/2015 23:44:00
Angry McNamara left embarrassed
York : 24/11/2015 23:28:01
Nelson Stops Orient Express
Plymouth : 24/11/2015 23:14:00
Plymouth : 24/11/2015 22:54:01
Yeovil : 24/11/2015 22:21:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

York MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Murphy 0%
Davies 0%
Webster 0%
Burgess 0%
Stevens 0%
Evans 0%
Doyle 0%
Hollands 0%
Bennett 0%
McNulty 0%
Lavery 0%
Sub - Chaplin 0%
Sub - Boco 0%
Sub - Tollitt 0%