Tim Robinson to referee Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday

West Sussex official Tim Robinson will oversee his 11th Championship game of the season when leaders Hull City host Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at the KC Stadium on Friday night.

Tim Robinson in action (Leeds v Blackburn - 29th Oct 2015)
Established: Robinson is now in his fourth season as a Football League referee (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Tim Robinson will take charge of the Friday night SkyBet Championship clash between leaders Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday.

The 35-year-old will be the man in the middle when the Yorkshire rivals, separated by 66 miles, meet at the KC Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras (KO 19:45 GMT).

He will be assisted by Robert Jones (Merseyside) and Mark Duncan (Cheshire), while the fourth official is Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Robinson, based in West Sussex, will handle his fourth successive Championship game this month.

He has already overseen 10 second-tier matches this term, three live on TV – including Fulham’s 3-1 West London derby win at QPR earlier this month.

Robinson handed out four bookings at Loftus Road but QPR felt Dan Burn should have been sent off for bringing down Jamie Mackie as the last man.

Tim Robinson blows whistle (Ipswich v M'boro - 4th Dec 2015)
Next time: Robinson will also oversee the League Two match between Crawley Town and Newport County next Tuesday night (Picture from Sky Sports)

Overall, he has brandished 108 yellow cards, sent off four players and awarded seven penalties in 29 games in all competitions this season.

The Bognor-based whistler’s first ever Championship game came at the KC Stadium in February 2013 when he dished out five bookings in Hull’s 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

He has since gone on to officiate 16 other matches in the second-tier in his relatively short career.

Robinson, who has also been the fourth official for two Premier League games this season, is seen as a card-happy official but is catching the eye of late with a series of impressive displays.

He first took up the whistle in 2002 and progressed through the Sussex, Wessex and Ryman leagues.

Robinson ran the line in the 2008-09 Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium before gaining his place on the Football League list of assistant referees for the 2010-11 season.

He was promoted to the Conference list of referees a year later before being elevated to the National List in 2012-13, with his first game the League Two clash between Southend and Accrington in August 2012.

Keith Stroud injured (Sheffield Weds v Hull - 17th Oct 2015)
On the deck: Stroud appeared to land awkwardly on his knee but managed to hobble off and was replaced for the final five minutes by Darren Handley (Picture from Tigers TV)

Robinson will hope to avoid what happened to Keith Stroud in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough, when the referee was accidentally bulldozed by Chuba Akpom and was forced to be replaced late on in the 1-1 draw.

Steve Bruce’s Tigers, who won 1-0 at Ipswich on Tuesday night, could go four points clear of second-placed Burnley at the top of the table by beating the fifth-placed Owls.

Meanwhile, Carlos Carvalhal’s team – who drew 1-1 at home to QPR in midweek – will be looking to close the gap on fourth-placed Brighton to three points.

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