Full name: Mark R Halsey
Date of birth: 8 July 1961 (age 49)
Place of birth: Welwyn Garden City
Football League Referee: 1990s-1999
Premier League Referee: 1999-
Mark Halsey, who first started refereeing in 1989, had spells with Cambridge City, Barnet and Hertford Town before turning to the whistle. While Halsey started refereeing he was on St Albans City’s books before ending his football career in the early nineties and going into refereeing full time. He then went on to referee in the football league in mid nineties. After several years in the football league, Halsey was selected for the Football League One play-final between Gillingham and Manchester City which finished with City winning 3-1 on penalties after the match finished 2-2. The year went from good to great for Halsey as he was also promoted to a level 2 premier league referee.
Mark Halsey’s first game as a Premier League official was between Wimbledon and Coventry City which ended in a 1-1 score draw. Post match, Halsey’s was praised for his control of the game. Three years later, after being added to the FIFA List Of Football Referees in 2000, he officiated at the 2002 FIFA Disabled World Championship held in Japan also in that year he was forth official in the FA Cup Final before officiating in a final of his own in 2008.
He took charge of the Football League Cup Final at the new Wembley with Tottenham and Chelsea battling it out for the trophy. In the game Halsey made two controversial decisions the first was when he was given guidance by his assistant that Chelsea’s Wayne Bridge handled the ball which Halsey agreed with giving Tottenham a penalty which they inevitably scored making the score 1-1. The second of which was when Halsey blew the whistle while Chelsea forward Kalou was attacking into the box at the end of the game but as it says in Law 5 ‘The referee may blow his whistle at any time, and he therefore does not have to wait for an attack to finish’ but this decision wasn’t taken well by Chelsea staff and fans but in LOAF he was right.
It was then confirmed just over a year later that Halsey was suffering from lymphoma of the glands and was to undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his throat after officiating in the start of the season match between Arsenal and Everton. It finished 5-1 to the Gunners and after the game it was an emotional fair well to the game.
By 4 March 2010 Mark passed a basic referee fitness test and was allocated his first game back after his illness. It was Leicester City Reserves against Scunthorpe Reserves which the Foxes won 5-0. Halsey also was due to referee the Football League Division Two match between Accrington Stanley and Barnet but it was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch but he did return to referee the League 2 game between Rotherham United and Port Vale at the Don Valley Stadium on 3 April 2010.
It was then confirmed that exactly a year after he officiated his last Premier League game Mark Halsey would be returning to the Premier League in the fixture between Wigan and Blackpool after a successful recovery. The game was a real upset with Blackpool beat Wigan 3-0 but didn’t come without its controversy but this time it wasn’t Halsey that was in the firing line it was his assistant who ruled out two goals, one for each side that looking back on replays were goals but Mark had a good return back to Premier League football.
My next post will be a referee analysis of Chris Foy after his match at Old Trafford on Monday which should be up by Tuesday morning but i still haven’t uploaded my Referee analysis from the England friendly.
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