CARLING CUP OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED
Mark Halsey has been appointed as the referee for 2007/08 Carling Cup final. The Lancashire official will take charge of the game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, on Sunday 24th February.
Having taken up refereeing in the late Eighties after calling time on his semi-professional playing career, Mark was appointed as Football League referee in the mid-Nineties, promoted to the Premier League in 1999 and was added into the FIFA List of Referees in 2000.
Prior to taking charge of this year's Carling Cup final, his career highlights include being the referee for the 1998/99 Football League Division Two Play-off Final, acting as the fourth official in 2002 for the FA Cup Final and refereeing this season's FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United.
"I am absolutely delighted," revealed Halsey to www.football-league.co.uk when news of his appointment was confirmed. "I am surprised and pleased; it has taken me a long time to get to this stage and now I will have refereed two matches at Wembley this season.
"It was great to referee a match at the old Wembley, and to get the Community Shield match at the start of the season meant I was able to officiate at the new stadium too and that was a nice achievement for me however to get a second chance to go back so soon is fantastic and I can't wait.
"I am looking forward to a cracking atmosphere and I hope we will all see some good attacking football in an open game."
He will assisted on the day by Andrew Garratt from West Midlands and Martin Yerby (Kent). Northamptonshire's Peter Walton will be the fourth official.
OFFICIALS IN BRIEF:
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Garratt (West Midlands) and Martin Yerby (Kent)
Fourth Official: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
Reserve Assistant Referee: David Bryan (Lincolnshire)
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