Thomson in charge of Lanarkshire Derby

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Thomson in charge of Lanarkshire Derby

Referee for Saturday’s league match against Hamilton Accies at the SuperSeal Stadium is Craig Thomson.

The 45-year old takes charge of his second Motherwell fixture of the season, after the official was in charge of the trip to McDiarmid Park earlier this season.

On that afternoon, ‘Well went down to eight men amid controversial circumstances as St Johnstone went on to win 4-1.

Thomson took charge on four occasions last term, which included both the first and last games of the season, starting with a win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and ending with a 3-2 loss away to Inverness.

In between those clashes, the official oversaw a 1-1 draw away to Partick Thistle in September and the crushing Scottish Cup defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.

One of the top Scottish referee’s in the game, Thomson has been in charge of fixtures at all levels of the game, including the UEFA Champions League and World Cup Qualifiers.

Of the three matches he refereed in Europe’s premier club competition last season, one match included 2015/16 finalists Atlético Madrid.

His record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mixed bag with 16 wins from 50 matches. There have been 24 defeats and ten draws too.

Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second-half.

In those games, Motherwell have scored 70 and conceded 77.

171 players have gone into the book, 87 were wearing claret and amber. Up until the Saints clash, seven players had been shown a red card, including former captains Stephen Craigan and Keith Lasley. That total has now surged to ten following the dismissals of Trevor Carson, Carl McHugh and Charles Dunne back in August.

Craig will be ably assisted by Graeme Stewart and Stuart Stevenson; with Craig Napier on fourth official duties.

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