REFEREE Andy Woolmer has been appointed to the 2016 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final between Oxford United and Barnsley at Wembley.
The 48-year-old, from Northamptonshire, will take charge of his first game at the national stadium when League Two Oxford lock horns with the League One Tykes in the Football League showpiece.
He will be assisted on Sunday, April 3, by Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Steve Rushton (Staffordshire), while the fourth official is Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).
Dumitru-Ravel Cheosiaua, from Worcestershire, will be on standby as the reserve assistant.
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with kick-off at 14:30 GMT.
Woolmer, who has been a postman in his hometown for two decades, is one of the longest-serving referees currently on the National List.
Woolmer progressed through the United Counties League, Southern League and Conference before arriving on the Football League list of assistants in 1994.
He first made the grade as a professional whistler in 2003, overseeing his first game as Stevenage defeated Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 in the Conference in August that year.
In the same month, Woolmer received a prestigious appointment as one of the assistant referees for the 2003 Community Shield, where Manchester United beat Arsenal on penalties at the Millenium Stadium.
He was promoted to the Football League after spending a decade running the line, with the last three years spent in the Premier League.
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final is often awarded as a final swansong for veteran officials who are on the verge of retiring.
Around 65,000 supporters will be in attendance for the 32nd Football League Trophy Final as both Oxford and Barnsley bid to win the competition for the first time.
Michael Appleton’s League Two promotion chasers beat Millwall 2-1 over two legs in the Southern Area Final.
League One strugglers Barnsley overcame Fleetwood 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline in the Northern Area Final, before boss Lee Johnson joined last year’s winners Bristol City.
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