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Ref-Watch: Charlton (A)

No Premier League referee this week as Reading visit Charlton, as it's back to earth a bang, with a man whose name sums up the Royals' league season - DARREN DEADMAN.

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Perhaps the easiest referee for the press to make puns about is Darren Deadman, who's previous headlines have included "You're a dead man, Darren" and "Dead Man Walking".

Mind you, if he does come in for criticism, at 6ft 3in he is probably able to stand up for himself, unlike other refs who you often see looking up to the Peter Crouchs and, er.. Zat Knights of this world.

The Cambridgeshire official doesn't just let his height intimidate people, but his reputation of handing out cards, as well. In his 28 games so far this season, Deadman has brandished NINE red cards. Add 99 yellow cards to that figure and you get a dead-ly average of 3.9 cards per game. Blimey.

A penalty is never far away either when Darren is in charge, as he has pointed to the spot on seven occasions this season. The 41-year-old has been a Football League referee since 2005, and his most high-profile match appointment to date came in 2011, when he took charge of the League Two play-off final between Torquay and the victorious Stevenage.

Deadman showed six yellow cards when Derby visited the Madejski Stadium earlier this season, as the Royals were smashed 3-0. It was the fifth time time he has officiated a Reading fixture, and only the second time we lost under his control. A public transport officer by day, Darren was schooled in the Hertfordshire hotbed of referees, which also produced Graham Barber, Graham Poll and Mark Halsey and Deadman earned a reputation as the "Fastest Card in the West". I have no idea either.

But one thing's for sure, you probably don't want to get on the wrong side of Deadman. Otherwise you too could be, well.... a dead man.