The Royals take on Watford in the Second Round of this season’s Carabao Cup, and referee Andy Davies will be taking charge of the tie.
The Hampshire-based official regularly oversees Championship fixtures, including three to date this season already. Aside from second-tier action, he also took charge when Newport won in Cambridge in the first round of this year’s Carabao Cup, as well as looking after Forest Green’s meeting with West Country neighbours Swindon last Saturday.
All eight Royals game which Mr Davies has been appointed to has come at Madejski Stadium – with some very noteworthy results too. His first visit to RG2 saw the Royals run riot and score at will against Bolton in a 7-1 demolition back in 2014.
In addition, four games were refereed by him throughout the 2016-17 campaign, which included an opening-day win against Preston and a brilliant performance on Boxing Day when the Royals triumphed 3-1 over Norwich thanks to Yann Kermorgant, Garath McCleary and Callum Harriott. Jonny Howson was sent off by Davies after handling on the line.
Last season was less fortuitous when he was here – we were put out of this competition by a different Premier League opponent last year at the Third Round stage when Swansea City won 2-0, followed by a 3-1 league defeat to Sheffield United later in the campaign.
Meanwhile this will be just the second time that he has looked after a first-team affair involving Watford – the only other time was a 3-0 win for the Hornets as Rotherham visited Vicarage Road for a Championship game in 2015.
Assisting the referee will be Graham Kane and Steven Meredith as the linesmen, while Tim Robinson will be on duty in the dugout area as fourth official.