Ref Review 2012 – 2013: What we did and what happens next.

By Walter Broeckx

After having counted the games and the decisions we gradually are getting ready to start publishing the referee review of the season 2012-2013.

The first thing is to show you how many games we did. And those who have been with us from the start will have known that the objective was to cover all the games.

Did we reach that goal? Alas…..no.  At the start of the season the enthusiasm of the reviewers team was very big. And for a few weeks we managed to cover all the games. But then as the reviews are time consuming, personal matters that interfered, some of the reviewers had to cut down a bit. And some even had to drop out.

As I have already explained two of my friends from former seasons and both Arsenal supporting referees were the first to drop out. And the longer the season went on the more reviewers had to call it a day. And at the end of the season I found myself in the position that all those who had stayed with me let me know that they will not carry on next season. So one could say that for the moment we are back to where we started four seasons ago.  Just me and Dogface the man behind the scenes who helps me with the numbers.

We have to face it that doing the reviews is something that is very difficult to do. And doing it for free is something that can be done for a while but not over a long period.  There is more in life apart from reviewing games and certainly when you don’t get paid for it. So this is it. This is where we stand. One could say this is the end. Unless someone stands up and comes along to help us in a financial way. No happy message for the start of our referee review.

But you can be assured that I will do anything that is in my power to keep the referee reviews going in some way. And whatever people may say about this: we have an enormous amount of data on teams and refs over the last two seasons. A database that they will not be able to ignore completely.

So apart from this rather bad message to start with let us start with showing you how many games we actually did last season. And I will show this in a graphic.

Games reviewed 2012 2013

We managed to do 202 games of last season PL games. That is 53,16% as you can see in the graphic. And a lot more than we could do last season. But as you will understand not really what I had hoped for but still a number that can fill us part time referee reviewers with a lot of pride.

In a next table I will show you how many games we could do from each referee.

Referee

Nr of Games

Nr Reviewed

% Reviewed

Howard Webb

30

14

46,67%

Mike Dean

28

17

60,71%

Phil Dowd

25

15

60,00%

Martin Atkinson

24

17

70,83%

Andre Marriner

24

13

54,17%

Anthony Taylor

24

14

58,33%

Kevin Friend

24

12

50,00%

Lee Mason

24

15

62,50%

Lee Probert

24

15

62,50%

Michael Jones

23

9

39,13%

Jonathan Moss

23

12

52,17%

Michael Oliver

22

11

50,00%

Mark Clattenburg

21

12

57,14%

Chris Foy

21

13

61,90%

Mark Halsey

18

5

27,78%

Neil Swarbrick

18

6

33,33%

Roger East

5

2

40,00%

Robert Madley

1

0

0,00%

Craig Pawson

1

0

0,00%

TOTAL

380

202

53,16%

 

In the first you see the total numbers of games each ref did in the PL. And then you can see the numbers of games we did from each ref. The referees we reviewed most was Martin Atkinson and Mike Dean when you look at the numbers of games. But when you look at how many of their games we did we can see that we covered more games of Martin Atkinson than from any other ref. We did 70,83% of all his games.  Of course the more games we cover the better and the more accurate the numbers should be.

And if we look at this table we see that for 13 referees we did more than 50% of their games. So the numbers of their games should be very accurate. There are other referees for whom we did less than 50% of the games. For those refs we should be rather careful when looking at their numbers.

And we also have two referees that we couldn’t review at all. As they only did 1 game each. Those refs were Robert Madley and Craig Pawson.  So we can completely ignore them in our review. I also would be very careful with the numbers or Roger East as we only did him 2 games and that is not really enough to draw any conclusions.

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