Bio
Mark Courtney
Born: 1972-04-26
Intl. since: 2002-01-01
Hometown: Dungannon
Country: Northern Ireland
Speaks: English
Occupation: IT engineer
Hobbies:

Mark Courtney is a regular in the Irish League. He is also the chairman of the Northern Ireland Referees' Association (NIRA).
Courtney is a UEFA category 1 referee.

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Since he got his FIFA badge in 2002, Mark Courtney hasmainly been officiating qualifiers. In season 2007-2008 he took charge of group stage matches in the UEFA Cup.

Highlights

Mark Courtney cites the following matches as the highlights of his career (until now - 2007 - of course): the World Cup qualifier Georgia-Albania (2-0), the Regions Cup finals in 2005, , the Toulon Festival of football (France-Netherlands) and the EURO 2008 qualifier Belgium-Kazkhstan.

Did you know
MARK COURTNEY

  • Early 2007 Carnegie Premier League club Portadown made an official complaint to the IFA over referee Mark Courtney. Questions were raised about Courtney's performances in all their games that season and Portadown highlighted a number of incidents including a questionable goal by Cliftonville in the JJB Sports Irish Cup quarter-finals and a penalty awarded by Courtney against the Ports earlier this season.
    (source: BBC)
    This of course tells us more about the people at Portadown than about Mark Courtney as a referee.
  • According to our matchreporter Croref, Mark Courtney used 2 whistles - one in each hand - in the 2007 UEFA Cup match Rennes - Dinamo Zagreb. Croref saw that he used one normal whitle and one hockey whistle.
  • As a result of the threat of terrorist attacks at the time, and the ensuing chaos on British airports, Courtney's luggage got lost somewhere in the system when he was on his way from Manchester to Brussels to officiate the Belgium - Kazachstan EC 2008 qualifier. The Belgian FA supplied him with an emergency referee's outfit.
  • In August 2006, in a match between Lisburn Distillery and Linfield, he whistled for half time about 5 minutes too early. The players left the pitch, but were called back when Courtney's assistant informed Mark of his mistake.
  • In 2004 the Northern Ireland referees got together and decided that it was time for some changes. Action had to be taken against the increasing physical and verbal abuse Northern Ireland referees had to contend with. On top of that referees were underpaid. (A senior level match in fact was rewarded with as little as £48.) As a spokesman for the NIRA, Courtney stated that these matters made it increasingly difficult to recruit new referees and hold on to the existing NIRA members. They went as far as to threaten a strike if the Irish FA would not meet their demands. However, in a subsequent meeting to discuss these issues the IFA came through and things got quiet again.
  • Mark Courtney was the referee when Spain thrashed San Marino with a record breaking 14-0 (record for an under 21 qualifier).
Statistics
Statistics for MARK COURTNEY
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 7 2 9
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 73 85 158
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 3 3 6
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.17 0.05 0.11
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.74 2.02 1.88
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.07 0.07 0.07

Based on 42 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR MARK COURTNEY
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Europa League 2013 - 2014
qualifiers 1st roundVikingur (FO)Inter Turku2013-07-041 - 1 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2014 qualifiers - Europe
GreeceLithuania2012-09-112 - 0 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2012 - 2013
Play-offsMura MurskaLazio2012-08-230 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundHorsens ACElfsborg2012-08-021 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundZalgirisAdmira Wacker2012-07-191 - 1 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2011 - 2012
group stageMalmöAZ2011-11-300 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSGSlovan Bratislava2011-11-031 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLarnaca AEKSteaua2011-09-291 - 1 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsNordsjællandSporting2011-08-180 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundStrømsgodset IFAtlético de Madrid2011-08-040 - 2 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Carling Nations Cup 2011
IrelandWales2011-02-083 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
IrelandWales2011-02-083 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2010 - 2011
group stagePAOKClub Brugge2010-12-021 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVDebrecen2010-11-043 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGetafeOB2010-09-162 - 1 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2012 qualifiers
San MarinoMoldova2010-10-120 - 2 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Euro 2011 u21 qualifiers
Slovakia u21Croatia u212009-11-181 - 2 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Macedonia u21Portugal u212009-10-131 - 1 7 (4-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2009 u19 qualifiers
Slovakia u19Armenia u192008-10-103 - 1 6 (1-5)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
1st roundVasluiSlavia2008-10-021 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundBorac CacakLokomotiv Sofia2008-08-141 - 0 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - Europe
MoldovaLatvia2008-09-061 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2007 - 2008
group stageRennesDinamo Zagreb2007-12-201 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundElfsborgDinamo Bucuresti2007-10-040 - 1 5 (0-5)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundDinamo MinskOB2007-08-161 - 1 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2007-2008
qualifiers 2nd roundRosenborgZhenis Astana2007-08-087 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2007 u19 qualifiers
elite roundSerbia u19Romania u192007-06-052 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
elite roundRomania u19Denmark u192007-06-023 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Unknown
Scotland u21Germany u212007-02-060 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
1st roundÃ…tvidaberg FFGrasshopper2006-09-140 - 3 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
BelgiumKazakhstan2006-08-160 - 0 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
qualifiers 2nd roundLiepajas MetalurgsDynamo Kyiv2006-07-261 - 4 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u19 qualifiers
elite roundAustria u19Hungary u192006-05-311 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
elite roundRussia u19Austria u192006-05-290 - 1 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Portugal u19Russia u192005-10-020 - 1 5 (0-5)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Luxembourg u19Portugal u192005-09-290 - 3 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u21 qualifiers
Sweden u21Iceland u212005-10-111 - 4 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Finland u21Netherlands u212005-06-071 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Spain u21San Marino u212005-02-0814- 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
qualifiers 1st roundLevadiaDinamo Tbilisi2005-07-121 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
GeorgiaAlbania2004-09-082 - 0 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
qualifiersCementarnicaKatowice2003-08-140 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)