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Tony Harrington the man with the whistle at St Andrew's...

22 October 2018

The last time Tony Harrington officiated in a Reading game, there were six goals and a sending off!

When Derby County came to town last February, a topsy-turvy encounter ended 3-3 - with goals from Liam Kelly, Mo Barrow and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson cancelled out by efforts from Kasey Palmer, Richard Keogh and Tom Lawrence.

Former Royal Chris Baird was shown a red card with five minutes of the entertaining encounter remaining - the Northern Irish international's late lunge on Barrow led to a frantic spell of late pressure from the home side which the Rams just managed to withstand.

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It is more than a year since he saw the Royals on the road, presiding over a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park last September - Harrington awarding the Royals a penalty after Rico Henry pushed Tyler Blackett inside the box and Liam Kelly duly converted to level matters against Brentford.

A brace from Jota earned Birmingham City a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull City when Harrington was last in charge at St Andrew's. Che Adams added the third back in mid-March.

Harrington has taken charge of eight games so far this season, taking the names of 25 players and sending one for an early bath; Preston's Ryan Ledson was shown a red card in their Carabao Cup win over Leeds at Elland Road in August.

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Royals hosting Sparta Prague’s U23s this Wednesday!

22 October 2018

The Cleveland-born official began refereeing in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance at the age of 14, having completed a basic refereeing course whilst at school as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award.

After four years as an EFL assistant referee and four years as a National League referee, he was appointed to the EFL Referees List in 2012-13.

He will be assisted by Darren Blunden and Jonathan Hunt tomorrow evening, while Scott Duncan will adopt the fourth official role.


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