Referee Michael Naylor awarded League Two Play-Off Final

South Yorkshire referee Michael Naylor will take charge of the 2014 SkyBet League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley as Fleetwood Town take on Burton Albion.

Michael Naylor referee (2014 League Two play-off final)
Taking up the whistle: Naylor will be in the middle for his first match at Wembley in the League Two Play-Off Final (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Michael Naylor will officiate the 2014 SkyBet League Two Play-Off Final between Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion at Wembley.

The 34-year-old will oversee his first national final when the Cod Army compete against the Brewers on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, for a place in League One.

He will be assisted on the day by linesmen Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent) and Edward Smart (West Midlands), with Lee Swabey (Devon) acting as reserve assistant referee.

Keith Stroud (Hampshire), who oversaw last season’s fourth-tier final between Bradford and Northampton, has been handed the role of fourth official.

The officials will wear their traditional black kit for the clash at the national stadium.

Naylor took charge of 34 games in all competitions during the regular 2013-14 campaign, including 29 across the Football League and five cup matches.

He brandished 87 yellow cards and one red card, awarding eight penalties, but did not handle any match involving Fleetwood or Burton.

The South Yorkshire whistler was last in the middle on May 3 for Millwall’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the Championship on the final day.

His most high-profile appointment of the season was taking charge of the East Midlands derby between promotion chasing Derby and Nottingham Forest at the iPro Stadium in March.

Naylor has been on the National List since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, having previously served as an assistant referee in the Football League.

His only previous experience of the play-offs came when refereeing the 2012 League Two semi-final first leg as Crewe edged Southend at the Alex Stadium.

Naylor was last in charge of Fleetwood in their 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup first round in August 2012.

The official’s previous game involving Burton Albion was their 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers in League Two in March 2013.

Naylor’s appointment comes after Lee Mason was confirmed as the referee for the Championship Play-Off final and David Coote was handed the League One Play-Off final.

Fleetwood, who have never played in the third tier, are seeking a sixth promotion in 10 seasons after overcoming York City in the play-off semi-finals with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

Burton, who finished sixth in League Two, were losing semi-finalists last term but progressed to this year’s final after beating Southend United 3-2 on aggregate.

The showpiece will kick off at 15:00 BST, with live coverage on Sky Sports, as the winners bid to join Chesterfield, Rochdale and Scunthorpe in the third tier.

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