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Man in the middle | West Brom (a)

Darren England the man with the whistle at West Brom this weekend...

4 October 2018

The man charged with presiding over our trip to the Hawthorns this weekend is Mr Darren England.

He has already taken charge of the Royals on the road this season, officiating in our 1-1 draw at Villa Park. That point was secured when Josh Sims was tripped inside the Villa box and England awarded a penalty that was converted by Sam Baldock.

For symmetry's sake, he has refereed West Bromwich Albion once this season and also saw a 1-1 draw - the Baggies picked up a point at Nottingham Forest thanks to Matt Phillips' late leveller at the City Ground in the opening week of the season.

That is the only occasion he has watched West Brom as the man in the middle, but he refereed the Royals at the start of 2018 too - again seeing us pick up an away point in a goalless affair against Nigel Adkins' Hull City back in January.

In eleven games so far this season, England has whipped out his yellow card on 37 occasions, sending two players off in total - Wigan's Sam Morsy and Nottingham Forest's Diogo Goncalves.

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

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.

He will be ably assited by Mr Nick Greenhalgh and Mr James Mainwaring with Thomas Bramall the fourth official on Saturday.


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