REFEREE Andy Davies will take charge of his first televised match in the SkyBet Championship on Saturday evening when Cardiff City host play-off chasing Wolves.
The 39-year-old will be in the middle at the Cardiff City Stadium for the teatime game in the fourth round of Football League fixtures in 2015-16 (KO 5:15pm, live on Sky Sports 1).
He will be assisted in south Wales by linesmen Simon Knapp and Dumitru Ravel Cheosiaua while the fourth official will be Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).
The Hampshire-based whistler is in his fourth season on the National List since earning promotion from the Conference at the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
It will be Davies’ third game of the season after handling Birmingham’s 2-1 League Cup win at Bristol Rovers and Walsall’s 2-0 victory at Southend in League One last weekend in which he has issued six yellow cards and no reds.
Davies oversaw his first second-tier game in October 2013 and sent off Bournemouth’s Elliott Ward in their 2-1 defeat at title winners Leicester City.
Although often found in Leagues One and Two, he has since officiated 15 more Championship matches including 10 last season.
Oveall, Davies oversaw 30 games in all competitions in 2014-15 – brandishing 105 yellow cards, sending off seven players and awarding five penalties.
Davies last encountered Cardiff in their 2-1 win over Brentford in mid-March and sent off Bluebirds forwards Kadeem Harris and Federico Macheda late on at Griffin Park.
His only game involving Wolves came last October in their 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic at Molineux when he issued five yellow cards in an incident-free game.
Davies is a former Portsmouth, Gillingham and Yeovil footballer who had to stop playing at the age of 28 due to injury and instead took up the whistle in 2003.
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Friday night’s match between Birmingham City and Derby County will be refereed by Premier League whistler Lee Mason (KO 7:45pm, live on Sky Sports 5).
The 43-year-old from Lancashire has overseen two Premier League matches so far – Leicester City’s 4-2 win over Sunderland and Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
But neither performance has been convincing and the Bolton-based official was criticised for failing to send off Gunners midfielder Francis Coquelin for persistent fouling at Selhurst Park last Sunday.
Mason – who handled 25 top-flight games last term – will also be the fourth official on Saturday for Leicester’s match with Tottenham at the King Power Stadium.
At St Andrews, he will be assisted by Peter Wright and Select Group linesman Derek Eaton with Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire) in charge of fourth official duties.
Fellow Premier League referee Mike Jones will also be on duty in the Championship on Saturday lunchtime when Leeds United take on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
The 47-year-old from Chester will be assisted by Timothy Wood, Jonathan Hunt and fourth official Darren Bond for the 12:30pm kick-off (live on Sky Sports 5).
Jones has already taken charge of two Premier League games – Everton’s 2-2 draw with Watford and Swansea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle when he sent off Magpies defender Daryl Janmaat for two bookable offences.
The Chester-born official ended last term with five successive top-flight matches but oversaw 10 Championship games during 2014-15.
He has, however, been the centre of controversy on a number of occasions including the infamous beachball incident at the Stadium of Light in 2010, booking Sergio Aguero for diving when he was clearly fouled at Southampton last term and awarding Liverpool a penalty against Leicester when the ball clearly struck Wes Morgan in the face.