Arsenal vs Bald Referees vs Hairy referees


On yesterday’s Arsecast Extra, there was an in-depth discussion about bald referees versus referees with hair. It was a very important discussion, which you can listen to by clicking here (or by going to 46’17 in this week’s show).

James and I made our own conclusions, or got lost in the baldiness of it all, it doesn’t really matter, but what does matter is an email I received from listeners Kaleen and Chris who delved right into the nuts and bolts of it all.

This is what they had to say and these are their findings.

My boyfriend and I love your podcast.  We got curious about your conversation with James today about referee hair status, and went back to compare Arsenal’s Premier League results this season with referee hair type.  Some fun facts we found:

  • Arsenal tend to win if they have a bald referee.
  • Arsenal concede fewer goals, on average, with a bald referee.
  • Arsenal score the most goals, on average, with a referee who has a receding hairline.
  • The Gunners win less than half of their games when the referee has a full head of hair.
  • The amount of hair a referee has does not seem to correlate to whether we can keep a clean sheet or not.
  • 50% of Arsenal’s games this season have been officiated by referees with hair.  27% by bald referees, 23% by referees with receding hairline…

Main takeaway: We want referees with a receding hairline or bald as f*ck.

We disagreed with you and James about whether to classify Mark Clattenburg as bald.  He’s definitely got hair. This weekend’s game against Chelsea, which he is refereeing, will be interesting because a full head of hair on a referee usually means we don’t do as well.

But, considering the fact that our only loss with a bald referee this season was to Chelsea, let’s hope we can buck the hair trend again and beat them this weekend.

arsenal results by referee hair

Now, this is where it gets contentious because clearly Clattenburg’s hair is cheating hair. Back in 2011, he announced that he was dealing with his hair loss by getting a weave.

“It’s OFFICIAL,” he said. “My hair loss is no longer a problem. The hardest decision to make is to pick up the phone and make that call, but I did, and it changed my life.”

Now, we’re not being critical, but let’s not beat around the bush here – he was going quite bald, and due to modern science and technology, he’s not. He’s kind of like a hair Synth or something.

Will that have an impact this Sunday against Chelsea? Will his true baldness shine through, or will he fight with every fibre of his being against what comes naturally and instead behave like a person who has real hair?

Only time will tell, but we’re hoping that his baldy DNA shines through as the research says this will likely result in a better outcome for us.

Thanks Kaleen & Chris, you’ve done mighty work.

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