The choice of referee for Crystal Palace’s trip to face Huddersfield will likely strike fear into the hearts of many Terriers fans, given their record of just one win in the 11 games of theirs that he’s officiated.
Graham Scott, 49 from Oxford has been refereeing within the English game since 1997, starting his career in the lower leagues before being given a chance in the English Football League in 2008. Having performed consistently for seven years, Scott was eventually promoted to the Select Group of Referees, who officiate games in the Premier League, in 2015.
At the end of the 2016-17 season, there was an attempt to demote Scott after seeing him take charge of just eight top flight fixtures but after a successful appeal from the man himself, he was allowed to stay in the top tier, with last season proving to be his most successful campaign yet.
With three draws and seven defeats under Scott’s gaze, Huddersfield fans are likely to be worried about what Saturday holds in store, whereas Palace supporters have had no direct contact with him since 2012. Of our three games with Scott in charge, we’ve amassed one win, one draw and one defeat, with our last game involving him ironically involving Huddersfield Town.
David Wagner’s men were given Scott as a referee on two occasions last term, losing 5-0 at Arsenal and 3-0 at Leicester. I dare say it’s nothing Graham has against them directly, these sort of runs just occur from time to time; look at us and Mark Clattenburg as a shining example of that.
From a purely selfish perspective, I hope their poor form with Scott in charge continues for at least one more game. My immediate concern regarding his performance on the day centres around Wilfried Zaha, who will need to be protected, given the treatment he got in both games against Huddersfield last season.