|Year of birth||1975|
|County FA||Durham FA|
|First Premier League Match||21 August 2004: Crystal Palace v Everton|
Durham-born Mark Clattenburg has enjoyed a successful career on the national and international stage since he first took charge of a Football League match as a 25-year-old in 2000.
The former electrician was in the middle for Chesterfield Town’s clash with York City on that day and rapidly progressed up the career ladder before being promoted to the Select Group of referees in 2004. He has since regularly featured in the Premier League and was rewarded by being appointed to the FIFA list in 2006.
Clattenburg’s career started to flourish on the international stage as he took charge of a UEFA Under-17s Championship qualifier before refereeing his first Champions League match in August 2008. He subsequently progressed to be a FIFA Elite referee and has gone on to officiate Euro 2012 qualifiers and be an additional assistant referee at Euro 2012 in a team led by fellow Select Group referee Howard Webb.
At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Clattenburg was in charge of the men’s gold medal match between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley Stadium. He was the only English referee in the men’s football tournament.
Clattenburg is now considered one of the top officials in English football and, as a result, he was the man in the middle of Liverpool’s victory over Cardiff City in the 2012 League Cup Final at Wembley.