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Mr Tim Robinson will take charge of our clash with the Canaries...

18 September 2018

The last time referee Tim Robinson took charge of a Royals game he saw one of our current crop score a hat-trick...wearing two different coloured kits!

Robinson was the man in charge of our FA Cup replay against Stevenage last January, which Reading won 3-0 thanks to a Jon Dadi Bodvarsson treble.

However, our Iceland scored the third of that hat-trick in our orange away colours after a kit clash had caused issues in the opening 45 minutes of the tie.

He was also the man in the middle for a league match at the Madejski last season, officiating in our 1-2 defeat against...Norwich City! 

James Maddison opened the scoring for the Canaries back in September 2017 before Liam Moore levelled. But Cameron Jerome won it for Daniel Farke's side despite Marley Watkins being shown a very late red card by Robinson for a wild tackle on Chris Gunter.

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A few weeks later, Robinson was the referee for City's East Anglian derby victory at Portman Road, but he did see our Norfolk-based visitors lose on the road in 2017-18 too - Norwich lost 4-3 at Hull City towards the end of last season.

Robinson has been a qualified referee for 17 years and progressed through the Sussex leagues, before moving on to the different national leagues and into the National League and then the Football League.

Last year, he took charge of a play-off semi-final leg in League One, watching Scunthorpe and Rotherham draw 2-2 at Glanford Park.

In 2018-19, he has shown three red cards and 27 yellow cards in his seven fixtures so far.

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