Iain Williamson to referee League Two Play-Off Final

Iain Williamson will take charge of the 2016 SkyBet League Two Play-Off Final between AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30.

  •  First trip to Wembley as referee for Williamson
  •  Third Play-Off game in his 14 years in the Football League
  •  36th match of the campaign for Berkshire official
  •  Wimbledon and Plymouth bidding to reach League One
Iain Williamson referee (Sheffield United v Coventry - 13th Dec 2015)
Experienced: Williamson made his Football League debut in August 2002 (Picture from Sky Sports)

IAIN Williamson will take charge of the 2016 SkyBet League Two Play-Off Final between AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle at Wembley, the Football League have confirmed.

The 45-year- old will be the referee when the two sides compete for a place in League One on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, with kick-off at 15:00 BST (live on Sky Sports 1).

He will be assisted by linesmen Paul Marsden (Lancashire) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset), with Tim Robinson (west Sussex) the fourth official and Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire) the reserve assistant referee.

Williamson – originally from Berkshire but now a Sales Director for a computer business in Bristol – has 14 years of experience on the National List of referees, but he missed the entire 2009-10 season through injury.

He has overseen two League One Play-Off semi-finals – Oldham’s 2-1 win at Blackpool in 2007 and Preston’s 1-1 draw with Rotherham in 2014, remembered by most for Joe Garner’s spectacular volley at Deepdale.

But Williamson has never officiated a Play-Off Final, with his only previous Wembley trip being as fourth official to Andy D’Urso for the 2014 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final when Peterborough beat Chesterfield 3-1.

He has shown a massive 136 yellow cards and six red cards as well as awarding three penalties in 35 games across all competitions this season.

One of his 14 League Two matches was Plymouth’s 1-0 win over Notts County at Home Park in February in which two players were booked.

Williamson has not encountered Wimbledon since their 2-1 league win over Rochdale at Spotland in November 2013.

He has not been in the middle since handling the 1-1 draw between Nottingham Forest and Wolves in the Championship on April 30 – the penultimate weekend of the regular season.

Iain Williamson in pitch inspection (Eastleigh v Bolton - 9th Jan 2016)
Touch and go: Williamson (left) conducted three pitch inspections before declaring the match would go ahead in Hampshire (Picture from BBC Sport)

Back in January, Williamson had a big decision to make to give the FA Cup third round tie between Eastleigh and Bolton the go-ahead, deeming the pitch at the Silverlake Stadium playable 90 minutes before kick-off.

Neal Ardley’s Wimbledon finished seventh in League Two and beat Accrington Stanley 3-2 over the two-legged semi-final as they seek promotion to League One for the first time in their short 14-year history.

Meanwhile, Plymouth can book a first return to the third tier since 2011 in former Ross County boss Derek Adams’s debut campaign in charge.

The Pilgrims overcame Portsmouth 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals having finished fifth in League Two.

Last Five Championship Play-Off Finals (as of 24th May 2016)

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