Tim Robinson will be the man in charge for our weekend visit to the KCOM Stadium this weekend.
The West Sussex official will preside over his third Reading game of the season; he had the whistle round his neck when we hosted Norwich City at Madejski Stadium in September and then returned to take charge of our first game in 2019 and José Gomes’ first home game as Royals boss against Swansea City on New Year’s Day.
Before this season, he was referee when the Royals wore two different kits within the same match back in January 2018 - not only did he signal restarts three times following a Jon Dadi Bodvarsson hat-trick against Stevenage in the FA Cup, but he also saw that Royals side change kit at half-time due to a perceived clash of colours!
This will be his first glimpse of the Royals on the road this season, last joining Reading on their travels to Portman Road in February 2016 - a Garath McCleary equaliser seemed to have stolen a point from Ipswich that evening until Brett Pitman scored an 89th minute winner.
Robinson last took charge of a Hull game when the Tigers shipped five at Brentford in February. This will be his first appointment at the KCOM Stadium though since City emerged narrow victors in a seven-goal thriller against Norwich City back in March 2018 - a Jamed Maddison treble begged back by Hull to register a 4-3 home win over the Canaries.
In 29 games so far this season, Robinson has awarded 104 yellow cards and 7 red cards. He will be assisted by Andrew Fox and Mark Jones on Saturday, while the fourth official will be Sebastian Stockbridge.