Meet the referee: Aston Villa v Boro

Last updated : 30 September 2005 By Reggie Holdsworth
Mike Dean (Merseyside)
b. 2-6-1968

This is Mr Dean's second Boro game of the season, the first being the unforgetable defeat by Charlton at the Riverside back in August, booking Gareth Southgate, Michael Reiziger and Hermann Hreidarsson.

In total this season he has officiated in five games season flashing the yellow card on ten occasions. He is yet to send someone off. Last season he officiated in 24 games dishing out 66 yellow and 7 red cards.

He now a regular referee in the Premiership having started on the Football League list in 1997. He was appointed to the Premier League list in 2000 and has refereed over 80 Premier League matches to date.

He was appointed to the UEFA list in 2003 and has officiated in a number of European and international matches.

He was the referee for the Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United in 2004 and also refereed the FA Trophy Final in the same year.