ANDY Madley will be the referee for Portsmouth’s televised League Two trip to AFC Wimbledon on Easter Monday.
The 32-year-old, from West Yorkshire, will take charge when Paul Cook’s sixth-placed side visit Kingsmeadow for the lunchtime kick-off (12:30 BST, live on Sky Sports).
He will be assisted in south-west London by linesmen Ian Fissenden (Kent) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire), while the fourth official is newly-promoted Football League referee Lee Swabey (Devon).
Madley has officiated 34 games in all competitions so far this season – issuing 98 yellow cards, sending off three players and awarding 10 penalties.
The Ossett-based whistler hasn’t encountered Pompey since their 3-0 defeat at Plymouth in November 2014, also in front of the Sky cameras.
It’s been almost two years since he last officiated Wimbledon in their 1-0 win at Southend – back in April 2014 – and it will be his first visit to Kingsmeadow since October 2011.
Madley – who is also a secondary school PE teacher – will handle his sixth League Two game of the campaign and second in 2016 after brandishing six yellows in Luton’s goalless draw with Cambridge in January.
The Huddersfield-born official was also in the middle for Salford City’s famous 2-0 FA Cup win over League Two Notts County and, most recently, an FA Youth Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Arsenal’s Under-18s.
Madley progressed through his local divisions in Heavy Woollen to become a Football League assistant referee in 2008 before becoming a Conference referee a year later.
One of his high-points was running the line for the League One play-off final as Millwall edged past Swindon Town in 2010 at Wembley.
The Wakefield-based referee then spent one season as a Premier League linesman in 2010-11 before stepping up to the National List of referees the following season.
His first game came on the opening day of the 2011-12 campaign as Morecambe faced Barnet at the Globe Arena in League Two.
Madley’s first high-profile assignment as a referee was the League Two play-off semi-final between Cheltenham and Northampton in 2013.
He was in charge of the first match of the 2014-15 Football League campaign as Blackburn drew with Cardiff City in the Championship.
Last May, Madley was the man in black for the League One play-off Final and the FA Vase Final, both at Wembley Stadium – the undoubted highlights of his 17-year career to date.
In the same month, he was appointed to take charge of the League Two play-off semi-final first leg between Southend and Stevenage at Roots Hall but was later replaced by Graham Scott.
Madley is considered part of the so-called “Talent Group” of Football League referees who are deemed worthy of being promoted to the Select Group of Premier League officials.
He will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his younger brother – and both Stuart Attwell and Paul Tierney, who were confirmed this week on the 2016-17 Premier League list by PGMOL.
Portsmouth sit five points behind the three automatic promotion places with eight games left, as they bid to end their three-year stay in the fourth tier in manager Cook’s debut season.
Like Pompey, Wimbledon are largely fan-owned and Neal Ardley’s side, who were only founded in 2002 and have been in League Two since 2011, are four points and two places adrift of the play-offs.
The reverse fixture back in November – a goalless draw at Fratton Park, also screened on Sky Sports – was officiated by Stuart Attwell.