Officials for this afternoon's League One match between Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park later today with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).
We last had Mr Whitestone in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.
The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.
This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.
Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.
The aforementioned penalty decision came in the August 2008 home match against Leeds United, and this was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.
Prior to that, we last had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.
Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.
Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Daly (Middlesex).
Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.
Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.
Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.
Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.
Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.
Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.
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