Designations : Premier League 2018/2019 – Matchweek 1

The match officials for the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season have been announced.
André Marriner will assume the responsibility of leading the first match of this season between Man Utd v Leicester City this friday.

Friday 10 August
20:00 Man Utd v Leicester City
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

Saturday 11 August
12:30 Newcastle United v Spurs
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Stephen Child
Fourth official: Paul Tierney
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Graham Scott
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Robert Jones
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Marc Perry
Fourth official: Michael Oliver
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: David Coote
17:30 Wolves v Everton
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Richard West, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Simon Hooper

Sunday 12 August
13:30 Liverpool v West Ham United
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Paul Tierney
13:30 Southampton v Burnley
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Daniel Cook
Fourth official: Lee Probert
16:00 Arsenal v Man City
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Stuart Burt
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
Kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.


Sheffields Finest

Maybe I'm foolish, maybe I'm blind!
Love MDs persona, can’t beat a bit of charisma and something different. Had his daft decisions days but don’t we all.. Sad when he leaves for RADA and the pantomime baddy

Ciley Myrus

I came in like a wrecking ball?
He certainly likes to be part of the game, I do think he shows he is rattled a bit too much in overly psychical games, but overall he is still one of the best in the country and his fitness/body shape is a credit to himself. Never scared to do something unpopular and I hope he is around for a few seasons yet.
Why would he when he is still one of the best performing officials, even if he isn't everyone's cup of tea?

Jones and Swarbrick quit, no other SG1 referees did that I am aware of.
I'm sure last season someone posted on here that he wanted to retire before 17/18 but was persuaded not to because of the lack of top class referees.

That's where I got it from.


RefChat Addict
I was looking at the ages of the SG1 refs and came across something interesting. There's not a single ref aged 40 to 44 in the Premier League this year. There's a four to five year gap where the FA failed to develop more than one SG1 ref (Clatts is 43). So instead of having a bunch of refs in the peak of their career, you have nine SG1 refs over 45 and nine under 40. Very strange.