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PL referee of the season 2020-21
« on: Mon 24 May 2021 12:44 »
Time for your opinions on who has shined and who hasnít this season. Please make this about GAMES ONLY not VAR etc


1. Pawson
2. Tierney
3. Marriner
4. Attwell
5. Oliver
6. Taylor
7. Friend
8. Hooper
9. England
10. Bankes
11. Kavanagh
12. Dean
13. Atkinson
14. Madley
15. Coote
16. Moss
17. Jones
18. Scott
19. Mason

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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #1 on: Mon 24 May 2021 12:48 »
Attwell, Oliver and Pawson are top 3 for me.

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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #2 on: Mon 24 May 2021 13:29 »
This is just from TV games and highlights so, with that caveat, I would say my top five ( in alphabetical not merit order ) are

Atkinson
Attwell
Oliver
Pawson
Tierney

with a very creditable mention to England making a fine debut.
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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #3 on: Mon 24 May 2021 13:30 »
Oliver easily above the rest

Atwell and Pawson as the next 2 for me

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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #4 on: Mon 24 May 2021 13:43 »
Was thinking about this the other day and quite honestly was struggling. 

For me, there was no stand-out referees over the season because of a general lack of consistency.  However, there have been some outstanding performances in individual games.

Of those that don't normally figure near the top of our rankings, I felt Friend and Moss had a decent season overall. 

Of the FIFA referees, Taylor had some very good games earlier on in the season but fell away rather towards the end.  Oliver had a sticky patch part way through when he was travelling a lot, but has been good when I've seen him in the last 2 or 3 months. Pawson has probably been less variable and has looked a safe pair of hands. The same applies to Attwell and Tierney, but Kavanagh has been disappointing for me in a few games and not pressed on as I expected. 

Of the older group, it turned out a mixed season for Dean after doing well early on.  I can't recall much about Atkinson - did he do much wrong?  Marriner as you'd expect was steady and probably more consistent than many. Scott and Mason not very impressive overall though.

Of the newer SG1 referees, I think England and Hooper probably impressed me most but Bankes and Coote looked decent SG1 referees too in some of their matches.

I'm sitting on the fence somewhat but would tend to agree with the names in ajb's top 5.  Whether in the same order, I'm less sure!!

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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #5 on: Mon 24 May 2021 13:57 »
This is just from TV games and highlights so, with that caveat, I would say my top five ( in alphabetical not merit order ) are

Atkinson
Attwell
Oliver
Pawson
Tierney

with a very creditable mention to England making a fine debut.

I would agree with you Whistleblower and add Hooper who imo has proved his critics wrong in the PL games he's been allowed to referee.
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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #6 on: Mon 24 May 2021 14:25 »
My list from watching most games on TV, nothing to do with VAR duties.
1. Oliver
2. Pawson
3. Marriner
4. Tierney
5. Atkinson
6. Taylor
7. Atwell
8. Dean
9. Moss
10. Friend
11. Madley
12. Hooper
13. Kavanagh
14. England
15. Scott
16. Bankes
17. Jones
18. Mason
19. Coote

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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #7 on: Mon 24 May 2021 14:39 »
My top 5 -

1. Craig Pawson

Hasn't caused any major controversy this season and goes about his job with a very nice laid back style. I think he has pushed on slightly and now shows a little bit more authority and toughness in his performances. As well as his impressive 'soft skills' so to speak I think he is a very sharp decision maker who never shies away from a big call. Has had a fantastic season in my view.

2. Andre Marriner

Similar to Pawson in that he always stays in the background and I think he is the last referee even the most biased fans could claim wants to be the centre of attention. Isn't the fastest mover around the pitch but has a a great feel for the game. He seems to have total respect from the players and IMO deservedly so as he hasn't got a lot wrong this season.

3. Stuart Atwell

I don't think he is the super star it was once hoped he would be but I think he is a very solid, safe pair of hands. Has done some big games this season and in the main has done very well. It seems that he has gained a lot of confidence and grown to be a very good PL referee. Someone you now feel you could put on any game. 

4. Martin Atkinson

I don't really like Martin Atkinsons style and manner around the pitch but I have to say that I feel he has had a very solid season. I can't recall any big controversies regarding his performances and with his significant experience he is a safe bet for any big game.

5. Michael Oliver

Not his best season by a long way IMO however for me on talent alone he is the best in the PL so even when not operating at his highest level he will always be there or there about. His fantastic performance in the FA cup final showed what he is capable of and I think if he can cut out his habit of awarding soft, albeit supportable, penalties he has the chance to cement his place as England's number one on the international stage.

Honourable mentions to a few other referees -

Friend and Moss while perhaps not top level officials don't seem to have had too many controversies this terms. Dean had a very strong start and while one can't ignore the big controversies for me he remains a very competent PL official, probably 6/7 on my list. Taylor has been below his best but one can't deny he is a talented official. England has had a very very strong debut season and finally I am delighted that Simon Hooper too has performed very well and silenced his (many!) critics. I hope his good form is rewarded next season.
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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #8 on: Mon 24 May 2021 14:41 »
The top five for me

Oliver
Marriner
Dean
Atwell
Pawson

The bottom three for me 
Bankes
Coote
Mason


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« Reply #9 on: Mon 24 May 2021 15:02 »
For me I would go for the top 5 in order

1. Stuart Attwell - he has really began to well and truly make his mark in the PL this season for me he seems stronger more confident also his decision making has improved so much  and has improved vastly in the areas where he needed to and he has been rewarded with some very good appointments and excelled

2 . Oliver - seems to be head and shoulders above the rest his positioning is his biggest strength , the accuracy of his decision making is unbelievable infact his all round game bar one aspect is very good the aspect I think he needs to improve on is when it comes to penalties

3 Andre Marriner - does exactly what he does best referees with minimum fuss and is one of the steadiest pairs of hands rarely has any controversial moments

4 . Simon Hopper - a vastly under used referee who has had probably his best season in the PL so far heís been good improved but doesnít get the number or run of games that his performances have warranted I have placed hooper above Atkinson because whilst he doesnít get many PL games itís no fault of his own but his improvement in my eyes means he deserves 4th place in my list

5. Martin Atkinson -  I like Atkinsonís style and apart from Oliver and Taylor , Mike Riley seems to favour Martin Atkinson and itís not hard to see why he uses all his experience and maintains excellent fitness and has a good rapport with players but is not afraid to give players a stern glance if it is deserved

The bad news

Chris Kavanagh - I really donít know where or why it has gone so wrong for Kavanagh this season but he really has been a shadow of the referee that has graced us with some fantastic refereeing performances last season rather than build on he seems to have gone backwards
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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #10 on: Mon 24 May 2021 15:40 »
I appreciate the detailed analysis of DublinRef and dave26.  Agree with much of it. 4 out of 5 names the same albeit in a different order, and dave26 has Hooper in for Pawson.

ajb95 has Tierney in for Atkinson which was my initial thought, while admitting Atkinson had fallen below my radar for some reason.

Of course, all this depends on how many games we watched in full, or in part, or just saw the highlights. 

So coming off the fence, I'll settle for: -
Pawson
Attwell
Oliver
Marriner
Tierney
with apologies to Atkinson for not taking enough notice!
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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #11 on: Mon 24 May 2021 16:18 »
As I have watched the sum total of zero PL games this season I'm not in a position to answer but going on bmb favouritism alone...

1. Marriner
2. Pawson
3. Attwell
4. Hooper
5. Oliver
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« Reply #12 on: Mon 24 May 2021 16:39 »
The reason Atkinson is so far down on my list is not because of his overall performances - solid if unspectacular . IMO the refs above him have had better seasons

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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #13 on: Mon 24 May 2021 17:34 »
I donít watch many (maybe one fourth of the season?) but here is top 3 and bottom 3 imo.
TOP 3: Craig Pawson, Paul Tierney, Michael Oliver
Pawson had a decent season, maybe his best so far in PL. He took great full control of his games and barely made mistakes. I was looking forward to his breakthrough in Europe this season but it didnít happen. What a shame. I think he at least deserves some CL group stage games or a EL knockout stage game.
Tierney also had a wonderful season with great performance in almost every game. His calmness and the way he try to manage a game did impress me a lot. Itís a shame that he could not continue to be on the pitch after a halftime injury, sincerely hope that he can make a strong comeback next season.
After the fa cup final, I decide to put Oliver in my top 3 since he managed to ref a vital and also pretty tough final. His determination to award penalties, very few of which had been overturned by VAR, also impressed me.
Other refs like Andre Marriner, Stuart Attwell, Kevin Friend, Martin Atkinson and Simon Hooper are all well done and should be praised.
BOTTOM 3: Lee Mason, David Coote, Chris Kavanagh
Everyone knows what happened to Mason so Iím not going to comment any more. I just want to appreciate his contribution in PL for 15 years and wish him good luck in his new role as dedicated var.
Coote disappointed me many times this season. Very inconsistent in fouls and often gave random calls on YCs. Ive seen his good games and bad games but bad ones impressed me more especially FULvsBUR. So unfortunately he would be one of my bottom 3.
As for oneís capability and on-field performance, Kavanagh may not be the bottom 3, but he is mine. I feel so sorry for that but for a ref with fifa badge in category 1 who should be ready for UCL, he totally failed to make good impressions this season. Almost in his every game I observed, he made one or several mistakes and sometimes big one. Just get to know he gets championship playoff final, maybe this time you wonít let us down, okay?😢
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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« Reply #14 on: Mon 24 May 2021 18:29 »
Overall think it has been a tricky season to judge, what with games coming thick and fast in condensed season with virtually no turn round time from last to thus season, lots of travelling, different kick off times so we could watch all on tv ( good idea for us watching ), poor appointing ie games not more evenly spread.

Here goes,

1) Oliver
2) Marriner
3) Dean
4) Tierney
5) Taylor

At the lower end Mason, Scott, Kavanagh, Jones and Coote.

Think Kavanagh is just a blip and i am sure Jones will progress in time.