Neil Swarbrick

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Neil Swarbrick
Neil Swarbrick 2013.jpg
Born (1965-12-20) 20 December 1965 (age 56)
Preston, Lancashire, England
Years League Role
? – ? Northern Premier League Referee
? — ? Conference Referee
2005—2011 The Football League Referee
2011—2018 Premier League Referee

Neil Swarbrick is an English retired football referee who officiated primarily in the Premier League having been promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2011. He is based in Preston, Lancashire and a member of the Lancashire County Football Association.

Career[change | change source]

He took up refereeing relatively late, at the age of 29. Within six years, he was promoted to the National List of assistant referees. He fulfilled this role for four years before being added to the Referees' List. He refereed in the Football Conference until moving up into the Football League. He has also officiated the FA Cup and EFL Cup matches. His first PL appointment came in December 2010 when he took charge of a goalless draw between Fulham and Sunderland. During his second PL appointment in February 2011, he issued his first red card in England's top division DJ Campbell of Blackpool as they lost 4–0 away to Wolves.

He retired from refereeing at the end of the 2017/18 season however will continue to work and lead the VAR in the Premier League.

Statistics[change | change source]

Season: 2005/06: Games: 29. Total (yellow card): 57. per game (yellow card): 1.97. Total (red card): 2 and per game (red card) 0.07.
Season: 2006/07: Games: 34. Total (yellow card): 96. per game (yellow card): 2.82. Total (red card): 9 and per game (red card): 0.26.
Season: 2007/08: Games: 38. Total (yellow card): 76. per game (yellow card): 2.00. Total (red card): 8 and per game (red card): 0.21.
Season: 2008/09: Games: 36. Total (yellow card): 82. per game (yellow card): 2.28. Total (red card): 4 and per game (red card): 0.11.
Season: 2009/10: Games: 35. Total (yellow card): 104. per game (yellow card): 2.97. Total (red card): 8 and per game (red card): 0.23.
Season: 2010/11: Games: 40. Total (yellow card): 108. per game (yellow card): 2.70. Total (red card): 8 and per game (red card): 0.20.
Season: 2011/12: Games: 30. Total (yellow card): 107. per game (yellow card): 3.57. Total (red card): 7 and per game (red card): 0.23.
Season: 2012/13: Games: 31. Total (yellow card): 111. per game (yellow card): 3.58. Total (red card): 1 and per game (red card): 0.03.

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