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Taking charge of our trip to Villa Park will be Darren England...

24 August 2018

The Royals travel to Aston Villa on Saturday to take on more tough opposition only three days after securing their first league point of the season at Ewood Park. And the man in the middle this weekend will be Mr Darren England.

His last match involving the Royals came in January last season when he saw Reading in action for the only time in his refereeing career - Reading played out a goalless draw against Nigel Adkins' Hull City at the KC Stadium and, that day, he produced just one caution for Tigers midfielder Seb Larsson.

This is only his second full season in Championship football, being assigned to the Select Group 2 in July 2017.

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However he has refereed at Wembley, taking charge of the League Two Play-Off Final between Exeter City and Blackpool - he booked five Tangerines that afternoon but goals from Brad Potts and Mark Cullen earned them a 2-1 win over the Grecians.

England has been the man in the middle for Villa twice in total, watching Steve Bruce's men win 2-1 at QPR in mid-November before visiting Villa Park in February for a 1-1 draw with Preston.

England has officiated in three Championship games so far this season, producing seven yellow cards in total. He also made three marks in his notebook during a Carabao Cup clash between Grimsby and Rochdale earlier this month.

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