Meet the Referee for the Burnley Legends v Swansea Legends Charity Game

On Sunday 11 November, a Swansea Legends team will play against their Burnley counterparts in a Charity football match, to raise money for the Lenny Johnrose Trust.

But there won’t be just some famous faces of years gone by playing for the both teams, there’ll also be a familiar name officiating too – Mark Halsey.

Mark Halsey
Referee Mark Halsey. (Photo by Getty).

Fifty-seven year old Halsey, is a former FIFA and Premier League referee, who is now part of the punditry team on BT Sport, providing an insightful and frank analysis of refereeing decisions for Premier League matches.

He is also an ambassador for the Steve Prescott Foundation, which raises money to help battle cancer.

Halsey himself was diagnosed with throat cancer in August 2009, undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his throat.

He duly returned to the game in 2010, before retiring at the end of the 2012/13 Premier League season, having officiated 279 Premier League games since his debut in August 1999.

From a Swans perspective, Halsey took charge of 6 Swansea City games between February 2009 and April 2013, four in the Premier League (W1 D3), once in the Championship, a 1 nil loss at the Liberty to that horrible lot up the road, and once in the FA Cup, a 2-1 defeat at Fulham.

There aren’t many (any?) officials, aside from Mark Halsey, who can boast the unusual statistic of never overseeing a Swansea City Premier League defeat.

If you are in the north west area on Remembrance Sunday, then why not pop over to Bamber Bridge FC and watch the Burnley Legends v Swansea City Legends Charity Football Match for the Len Johnrose Trust, in support of his battle with MND. The game kicks-off at 1pm.

LJ Charity Match 2018 Poster

You can browse more information and stats about other referees who have officiated Swansea City games.