Dermot Gallagher will referee our first Premiership match of the season at Anfield against Sunderland Saturday.
The Banbury official is now the longest serving Premiership referee having been in the league since its beginning in 1992. Although this will be his last season he can look back on a very successful career that included many top appointments at home and abroad. Age forced his retirement from the international scene in 2002. He managed to referee in one major tournament during his career, which was the Euro’96 one held in England. He was in the middle of France’s 3-1 defeat of Bulgaria at St. James’ Park.
Dermot has officiated in all the domestic finals including our FA Cup defeat by Manchester United in 1996. He classes his most memorable moment though as meeting Nelson Mandela when he was in South Africa for a game against Germany. Born in Dublin, football plays a major part in his life and if he is not refereeing he can often be spotted in the crowd, especially at Ireland matches.
This will be his first Premiership match at Anfield since March 2003 when goals from Vladimir Smicer and Michael Owen gave us the victory over Charlton Athletic. Since that game we have only won 2 out of the last 7 with Dermot in charge.
It will also be his third time in charge of a Liverpool Sunderland fixture, the previous two games were both played in the North East with Liverpool winning both times: 2-0 in November 1999 with goals from Owen and Berger. Owen then scored the only goal of the game a few seasons later in April 2002.
Dermot has so far refereed two games this season, both in the Football League and shown his yellow card three times in each game. His assistants on Saturday are Ceri Richards and Glenn Turner with Scott Mathieson as the fourth official.
Some memorable matches involving Liverpool and Dermot Gallagher.
7th November 1992 ? Ian Rush scores his 200th League goal, including fourteen for Chester, with Jimmy Phillips scoring the first Premier League penalty against us as we beat Middlesbrough 4-1
11th May 1996 ? Eric Cantona scores the only goal during the 1996 FA Cup Final
1st November 1997 ? Robbie Fowler is sent off for only the second time in his Liverpool career in a 1-1 draw at Bolton. Robbie scored Liverpool’s goal in the first minute
13th December 2000 ? Three extra-time goals are needed to defeat soon-to-be promoted Fulham at Anfield in the Quarter-final of the Worthington Cup
22nd September 2001 ? Jari Litmanen’s first Liverpool goal is enough to beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Anfield
1st January 2003 - Salif Diao sees red, Neil Mellor gets his first taste of Premiership action and Gregory Vignal plays his last Liverpool game in a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United.
26th April 2003 ? Michael Owen scores four times in a 6-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.
14th August 2004 ? Djibril Cisse scores on his Premiership debut in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.