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Riley to take charge

Filed: Tuesday, 1st May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Mike Riley will referee West Ham United's clash with Bolton this weekend.

Yorkshire-based Riley will officiate over a Hammers game for only the second time this season, having previously overseen the 1-0 home win over Sheffield United last November.

The Hammers remain unbeaten in their last three games in which Riley has refereed; prior to that Sheffield game Riley oversaw a 2-2 draw with Everton in March 2006 and the 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Norwich two months prior to that.

In the three above games the Hammers have had just one player booked (Hayden Mullins against Sheffield United) although Riley booked SIX Hammers when losing 3-2 at Blackburn in our first season back in the Premiership (December 2005).

More famously perhaps 43-year-old Riley was the referee for West Ham's 1-0 win over Preston in the 2004/05 play-off Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

New Bolton boss Sammy Lee is set to take charge of his team for the first time following Sam Allardyce's resignation last weekend.

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by Chilie
04:14PM 1st May 2007
''I remember us calling for Riley's head - but then he disallowed like three goals in our favour so I sent him an Xmas card ...''

by Alex
02:18PM 1st May 2007
''At least it aint Graham Poll ...''

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