Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Stephen Child
Fourth official: Paul Tierney
A game that guarantees goals, evidenced by the fact that there hasn’t been a goalless draw in this fixture since August 18, 1971!
Home advantage counts for little as both sides have been just as capable at winning away as they have in front of the locals.
A full house at St. James’ Park will be expectant, and Rafa Benitez, despite not being backed as much as he’d like by the board, will be hopeful of getting off to a good start.
NAME | Martin Atkinson
AGE | 47
YEAR APPOINTED | 2004
COUNTY FA | West Riding County FA
MAJOR HONOURS | Retired FIFA listed in 2006 – UEFA Elite, 2016 Euro’s Quarter Final, 16/17 & 14/15 UCL Semi Final, 14/15 UEL Final, 16/17 League Cup Final, 2013 Championship Play-off Final, 2011 FA Cup Final, 2008 FA Trophy Final
REF RANKING 17/18 | 2ND
PL GAMES 18/19 / TOTAL| 0
YELLOWS 18/19 / TOTAL | 0
REDS 18/19 / TOTAL | 0
Tottenham have had the last busy summer of any team transfer wise, but Mauricio Pochettino can welcome back all of his England stars who have served him so well to this point.
Expect Harry Kane to carry on where he left off last season.
Martin Atkinson will enjoy the pressure of keeping 55,000 Geordies at bay in what is sure to be one of the best atmospheres of the weekend.
Paul Tierney will need his wits about him as fourth official, though he’s lucky to have two of the less demonstrable managers to berate him.
As has been his trademark for years now, Atkinson will allow the game to flow, and deal with any matters arising in a sensible manner.
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