Referee Mike Dean celebrates wildly as Tranmere progress in play-offs

Referee Mike Dean celebrates wildly as Tranmere progress in play-offs

With a day off, Dean took in the second leg of the League Two semifinal playoff between Forest Green and Tranmere Rovers from the stands at New Lawn in Gloucestershire and we will let the video below tell you the rest.

The 50-year-old hails from the Wirral borough in Merseyside and is a supporter of local League Two club Tranmere Rovers.

The Sky Sports cameras were quick to pick out the familiar face, who recently brandished his 100th red card in the English top flight.

Dean, renowned for his extravagant mannerisms, did not hold back at the final whistle as he climbed up on to a terrace railing to passionately punch the air and scream to hail Tranmere's win - much to the delight and amusement of those around him.

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As a referee in the Premier League and Championship, he does what the best referees do and stays away from controversy and attempts at all times to keep the game going and, above all, avoid anyone focusing on him rather than the game.

And perhaps he gave us his greatest moment ever this week, establishing himself as a proper Tranmere Ultra. In short, when Mike Dean is refereeing he seems to have an innate ability to find the camera.

His first match as a Premier League referee came in September 2000 when he took charge of Leicester's clash against Southampton.

The longest-serving active top-flight ref, Dean averages a dismissal every five games, more frequently than any of his current colleagues.

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