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Manchester City v Liverpool (30/12/2007) - Meet the Referee
Thursday, 27th December 2007
Uriah Rennie takes charge of his second Premiership game of the season as we travel the short journey to Eastlands to play Manchester City.


This will also be his second Premiership game since April. This is because his name was taken off the referee list after he failed the mandatory fitness tests in the summer. He was diagnosed as having a hamstring injury and was allowed to take the test when the injury cleared up. He returned to football only last month and has now four Championship games under his belt this season. Ironically his last game at Eastlands was the goalless draw between City and ourselves. We are currently under an unbeaten run of seven games with Rennie in charge going back to November 2005.

The 48 year-old Community Liaison Manager from South Yorkshire is well into his second stint as a Premiership referee after being relegated to the Football League in 2000. He only found out about his demotion through the back pages of his local paper. Not only did the FA fail to notify Uriah of the decision, they also failed to notify FIFA and they appointed him to a U21 international match between France and Austria. Rennie answered his critics by having one of his best seasons in 2001, resulting in his immediate promotion back to the Premiership. However controversy is never far away from Uriah and in November 2005 the Preston North End stadium announcer Adam Cattarall greeted the players for the second half of their league game with Crystal Palace "Welcome to the second half of the Uriah Rennie show" ringing in their ears.

He is probably not only one of the most recognisable officials in today's game, but he is possibly one of the fittest. Football is not the only sport in his life as he is an accomplished kick-boxer and an Aikido expert, if the players knew this maybe they wouldn't be as quick to surround him during a game.

Rennie is also a legal expert having earned a Masters in Business Administration in Law, and works as a magistrate in Sheffield. He once said "My work as a magistrate was never really linked to the fact that I was a ref. I became a ref because I wanted to be involved in football, but I also want to do my bit for the community." He also works in Leisure Management for Sheffield City Council.

His assistants for this game are Shaun Procter-Green and Roy Burton with Phil Dowd as the fourth official.

Some memorable matches between Liverpool and Rennie.

16th January 1999 - Liverpool hit seven past Southampton at Anfield. Robbie Fowler bagged three.

10th January 2001 - Jari Litmanen makes his debut in a 2-1 semi-final 1st leg defeat at Crystal Palace.

1st January 2003 - A Danny Murphy penalty gives Liverpool a 1-0 win at Maine Road against Manchester City in the FA Cup 3rd round.

29th August 2004 - Steven Warnock makes his full Premiership debut, Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia appear in a Liverpool shirt for the first time in a 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.

29th October 2005 - Bolo Zenden scores his first goal for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

3rd December 2005 - Peter Crouch scored his first and second goals for Liverpool in a 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

1st February 2006 - Daniel Agger makes his Liverpool bow and Robbie Fowler makes his long awaited appearance back in a Liverpool shirt as we are held 1-1 at Anfield by Birmingham City.

9th December 2006 - Fulham are defeated 4-0 at Anfield with Jamie Carragher getting a rare goal. Mark Gonzalez scored his last Liverpool goal and Luis Garcia scored at Anfield for the last time.



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