Mark Clattenburg will be the man in the middle as Queens Park Rangers face Tottenham Hotspur today.
Clattenburg from County Durham is arguably one of England’s most decorated referees. He is both a select list referee and is a Fifa qualified official.
After refereeing in the North League for five years, Clattenburg made the inevitable steps up to become a Blue Square Premier League referee before joining the national list in 2000.
In 2004 he was promoted to the select list and barely two years later his efforts were rewarded in becoming a Fifa qualified official – taking charge of Uefa Champions League clashes.
This weekend he will be assisted by Mr Simon Beck (Bedfordshire) and Mr Stephen Child (Kent) with the fourth official Mr Lee Probert (Wiltshire).
Thus far Mr Clattenburg has dished out 104 yellow cards and seven reds in 33 games – giving him an average of 3.36 cards per game.
angers first encountered Clattenburg in March 2003 as a playoff chasing QPR side turned over Huddersfield United in emphatic fashion. A Paul Furlong brace won the clash sandwiching a Dan Shittu goal at the Galpharm Stadium.
The season gradually improved from there as Rangers reached the playoffs after all. After drawing at Boundary Park, Mr Clattenburg oversaw Furlong strike once more this time defeating Oldham Athletic in the playoff semi-finals on an electric night in W12.
It came to pass that QPR would be beaten in the playoff final, but Clattenburg’s next R’s game would see them finally climb back to the second tier at the hands of Division Two strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.
Kevin Gallen and Paul Furlong had the R’s two goals to the good before Jon Shaw sent nerves rattling as he halved the deficit. A spectacular Chris Carr own goal secured the promotion dream for Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers.
The luck of Clattenburg continued into the Championship as he oversaw a last gasp Georges Santos winner at Coventry City. Whether the ball had crossed the line was contentious, but the goal was given and Rangers kept up some fine form.
Eventually however the luck was to run out, and Gary Waddock’s QPR were beaten at Burnley on the opening day of the 2006/07 season. Steve Jones’ brace was enough to see the Clarets past QPR on the day.
Fast forward to 2010/11 and Mr Clattenburg oversaw what was a crucial clash between Nottingham Forest and QPR. Live on Sky, Tommy Smith gave the hosts a fantastic lead from the edge of the area before Radoslaw Majewski saw red for a poorly-timed lunge.
David McGoldrick was on hand to equalise for the Reds who were at that stage keeping tabs on the division’s top sides.
Leeds United came calling on a special day for Queens Park Rangers as despite a slender home defeat by the whites – the only side to do the double over Rangers that season – QPR finished as Football League champions.
Earlier in this Premier League campaign Mr Clattenberg oversaw a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers. Heidar Helguson’s neat chip was levelled by a towering Chris Samba header. He then oversaw QPR’s first clash against a fellow promotee in Norwich City.
Russell Martin netted in successive games against QPR before Jamie Mackie equalised for the visiting side – it would prove to be Grant Holt’s day however as the forward came from the bench to nod the winner for the Canaries.
Mr Clattenberg took his third QPR fixture of the campaign when fellow relegation rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers came to W12. Rangers were ahead and coasting courtesy of a debut Bobby Zamora strike before Djibril Cissé was sent off on his home debut for grasping Roger Johnson at the throat.
Wolves duly turned proceedings on their head courtesy of Matt Jarvis and substitute Kevin Doyle to firmly root Rangers in the mire of a relegation struggle.
Mr Clattenburg & Queens Park Rangers
b>Huddersfield United 0-3 QPR 04/03/2003
oals: Paul Furlong 5, 90, Dan Shittu 38
ellow Cards: Kevin Sharp, Jon Stead; Clarke Carlisle, Gino Padula, Marc Bircham, Richard Langley, Paul Furlong
QPR 1-0 Oldham Athletic – 14/05/2003
oals: Paul Furlong 82
ellow Cards: Kevin Gallen; John Eyre
ed Cards: Wayne Andrews
Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 QPR 08/05/2004
oals: Jon Shaw 59; Kevin Gallen 35, Paul Furlong 48, Chris Carr 69og
ellow Cards: Derek Geary, Terry Cooke; Gino Padula, Richard Edghill
Coventry City 1-2 QPR – 22/01/2005
oals: Ady Williams 59; Jamie Cureton 13, Georges Santos 90
ellow Cards: Louis Carey, Dean Leacock, Gary McSheffrey; Andy Davies, Marcus Bignot, Gareth Ainsworth, Kevin Gallen.
Burnley 2-0 QPR – 05/08/2006
oals: Steve Jones 59, 69
ellow Cards: Mike Duff, Jon Harley, James O’Connor
QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest – 13/02/2011
oals: Tommy Smith 16; David McGoldrick 26
ellow Cards: Kaspars Gorkss, Shaun Derry, Adel Taarabt; Nathan Tyson
ed Cards: Radoslaw Majewski.
QPR 1-2 Leeds United – 07/05/2011
oals: Heidar Helguson 1; Max Gradel 38, Ross McCormack 68
ellow Cards: Adel Taarabt
QPR 1-1 Blackburn Rovers – 15/10/2011
oals: Heidar Helguson 16; Christopher Samba 24
ellow Cards: Fitz Hall, Armand Traoré, Shaun Wright-Phillips; Jason Lowe, Steven N’Zonzi.
Norwich City 2-1 QPR – 26/11/2011
oals: Russell Martin 14, Grant Holt 73; Luke Young 59
ellow Cards: Kyle Naughton
QPR 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers – 04/02/2012
oals: Bobby Zamora 16; Matt Jarvis 46, Kevin Doyle 71
ellow Cards: Roger Johnson, Sebastien Bassong
ed Cards: Djibril Cissé