Referee Halsey Has Shown Tremendous Courage In Last Year

Mark Halsey will be the referee at St. James’ Park this Saturday when the lads take on Wigan Athletic.

Mark Halsey – has shown tremendous courage in last year

And while it’s not often that we profile a referee, Mark has shown he is a really special guy, with his fantastic and courageous fight against throat cancer over the last year.

The 49 year-old Welwyn Garden City born official, who is based in Herfordshire, was diagnosed with lymphoma of the glands in August of last year, and he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his throat.

He was missing from the refereeing list as he recovered, and lost some hair with the radiation therapy, but he was able to finally return to refereeing towards the end of last season,  and Mark is now back on the Premier League list of referees for this season.

Mark was profiled on Sky Sports a month or so ago, and came over as a courageous and gutsy guy, and we were highly impressed with the things he said, and the way he has overcome his life-threatening cancer.

We are pleased to see Mark back refereeing again, and he seems to be as good as ever on the pitch.

And it’s interesting that he is yet to send anybody off this season, and has given out 13 yellows in the six games he has officiated so far this season.  Halsey was last at St. James’ in March 2009, when Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal, and was also the referee in the 1-0 defeat at Spurs a month later.

There were quite a few defeats there in our relegation season of course.

We have to hope Mark has a good game,  when Newcastle beat Wigan on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope the ref gives us the ‘rub of the green’ in the Wigan game. ‘Bout time we had a little luck!

  • Toonboy_84

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh yeah……………..1st ha ha!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Special Guy, one of the best refs in the PL.

    Nice to have him back and hope his recovery process continues.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    i think we should give him a minutes applause as he has what bobby had.

  • G

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Not detracting from the other (very good) posts above this one, but wondering if this is a new tactic of currying favour with future referee’s?

  • Mags

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Could someone clarify – I was always under the impression that a referee from the same area as either of the teams would not be selected to officiate.

    This is the second time we have had a Lancashire referee when we are playing Lancashire teams!

    If I am wrong, why have we never had Mr Clattenburg ref our games?

  • geoff777

    Oct 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    That old mill town Welwyn-Garden-City …


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