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Man in the middle: Forest (A)

Same referee on Saturday who watched over our City Ground visit last season...

9 August 2018

The referee for our first away trip of the 2018-19 campaign will be Stephen Martin who was included as part of the Select Group 2 of match officials when it was introduced in 2016.

Martin began officiating back in 2002 and was added to the Assistant referees list in 2008 before making the National League referee selection later that same year.

Four years later, he was made an EFL referee and has now taken charge of more than 150 matches.

He was last at Madejski Stadium to be the man in the middle when we met Sunderland in April - Martin awarded us a penalty for a foul by Lee Camp on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, but it needed Yann Kermorgant to score a late equaliser that afternoon to earn Paul Clement's side a valuable point against the Black Cats.

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9 August 2018

He also refereed three more draws involving the Royals last season - home stalemates against Hull City and Cardiff City (in which he sent Neil Warnock to the stands)...and a 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest.

That day at the City Ground, played in February earlier this year, Omar Richards had given the visitors a first half lead only for Lee Tomlin to restore parity with five minutes of the game remaining! Martin showed three yellow cards to both teams, including booking both goalscorers.

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8 August 2018

In the first of five Reading games he took charge of last season, Martin did witness a Reading win - goals from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and George Evans ensuring three points would head back to Berkshire from Birmingham City in August 2017.

Martin issued 93 yellow cards and 2 red cards across the 43 matches he officiated in last season.

Assisting Mr Martin as linesmen for the afternoon will be Ian Cooper and Nick Greenhalgh, while Martin Coy will be fourth official at The City Ground.


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