The Football League season is coming to a close but these are the match official appointments for the latest round of fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship.
Friday 21st April 2017
Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion
The Seagulls need a victory to secure the Championship title but Norwich will be no easy turnover at Carrow Road on Friday night.
The match will be officiated by Mr Peter Bankes, a man who will be officiating for the 27th time this season. Bankes has a steady ratio as a Referee, distributing 90 yellow cards throughout the season – whilst brandishing the red card seven times.
Bankes will be officiating Brighton for the second time this season – after appearing in the Seagulls’ 3-0 win over Reading in February – whilst it is also the English referees’ third occasion refereeing Norwich City. Bankes officiated the Canaries’ away matches at Wigan and Newcastle, neither of which the East Anglian side managed to gain maximum points in.
The assistant match officials for this tie will be Mr Geoffrey Russell and Mr Daniel Leach, whilst the Fourth Official is Mr Tim Robinson.
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Brentford v Queens Park Rangers
Officiating the Bees’ home match to QPR is Mr James Adcock. The Nottinghamshire referee has officiated on sixteen occasions this season, brandishing his red card just the once.
Adcock has officiated Brentford four times this season: away to Wigan, Birmingham and Rotherham. Adcock was even the man in the middle for the two sides’ meeting earlier this season in October, an occasion where the Bees won 2-0 at Loftus Road.
Assisting Adcock is Mr Adam Matthews and Mr Darren Blunden, whilst the Fourth Official is Mr Kevin Johnson.
Bristol City v Barnsley
The main in the middle for City’s home tie against The Tykes is Scott Duncan. The Northumberland official has officiated 24 times this season, brandishing cards on 92 occasions (82 yellows are 10 red cards).
Mr Duncan is the highest offender when it comes to red cards, his tally of ten red cards puts him three ahead at the top of the pile, with a red card to game ratio of 0.42 – also the worst ratio in the League.
Duncan has officiated Bristol City on just the one occasion when the Robins hosted Nottingham Forest. He has been a more regular official for Barnsley, however, officiating the Tykes twice so far this season.
Assisting Mr Scott Duncan will be Mr Daniel Robathan and Mr Robert Hyde, Duncan’s Fourth Official is Mr Kevin Johnson.
Burton Albion v Leeds United
Taking a trip to the Pirelli Stadium this weekend is Mr Darren Bond. The Lancashire official has been in the middle on 26 occasions this season. Brandishing the red card just four times, he is one of the mid-range offenders with regards to dismissals, however, his tally of 85 yellow cards places him as the 10th highest yellow card awarder.
Mr Bond has officiated Burton once this season, whilst being the centre man for Leeds on one occasion.
Assisting Mr Bond is Mr Ian Cooper and Mr Jonathan Hunt, Bond’s Fourth Official will be Mr Peter Bankes.
Huddersfield Town v Fulham
Officiating the match between these two playoff contenders this weekend is Andy Davies. Mr Davies will be officiating his 26th match of the season at The John Smith’s Stadium. It will be his second time officiating at the Yorkshire side’s ground, having already officiated the Terries’ 2-0 win over Ipswich in January.
Davies will also be making his third appearance in a Fulham match. Davies’ record with cards is a fairly standard one, he has brandished his yellow card on 93 occasions and made just three dismissals.
Officiating alongside Mr Davies will be Mr Paul Hodskinson and Mr Akil Howson. His Fourth Official will be Mr Sebastian Stockbridge.