SkyBet Championship: Tim Robinson to referee Brentford v Fulham

Tim Robinson will take charge of Friday’s west London derby at Griffin Park, before Paul Tierney will oversee Saturday’s televised early kick-off between Wolves and Derby at Molineux.

Tim Robinson in action
Moving up: Robinson is in his fifth season as a Football League referee but has ambitions to officiate in the Premier League one day (Picture from Sky Sports)

TIM Robinson has been confirmed as the referee for the west London derby between Brentford and Fulham on Friday night.

The 32-year-old, from west Sussex, will take charge of the first SkyBet Championship match of the weekend as the Cottagers seek a first victory at Griffin Park in 18 years, in front of the Sky cameras (KO 19:45 BST).

He will be assisted by Andrew Fox (Warwickshire) and Mark Jones (Nottinghamshire), with James Adcock (Nottinghamshire) the fourth official.

Robinson is becoming a regular on live TV and on Friday nights – having been on electronic board duties at Loftus Road for Brentford’s 2-0 win over QPR, which Adcock refereed, in another west London derby last week.

Seven days earlier, he gave six yellow cards when in the middle for Burton Albion’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City at the Pirelli Stadium.

His only other televised game this term came in September when he awarded penalties to both sides in Peterborough’s 2-2 draw with Swindon at the ABAX Stadium in League One.

Swindon midfielder Michael Doughty admitted afterwards he had to ‘bite his tongue’ after Robinson controversially awarded Posh a free-kick, on the linesman’s advice, despite Doughty appearing to cleanly the ball off Marcus Maddison – who went on to score.

The Select Group 2 whistler, who gave up his job as a PE teacher to become a full-time official last summer, will oversee his 14th match of the season in all competitions.

Robinson has so far brandished 65 yellow cards, sent off three players and awarded three penalties – and it will be the second time he will encounter both sides in the Championship this term.

Tim Robinson at full-time (Hull v Sheffield Wed - 26th Feb 2016)
Established: Robinson is now a familiar presence in the Championship and is able to focus more on his refereeing as a professional EFL official (Picture from Sky Sports)

He encountered the Bees in their 1-0 home win over Nottingham Forest in August, in which Forest defender Damien Perquis was dismissed for two bookable offences late on.

Meanwhile, Robinson oversaw the Cottagers in their 1-1 draw against Burton at Craven Cottage in mid-September.

In the same month, he was criticised by Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth for missing what he felt was a blatant handball in the build-up to Portsmouth’s third goal in their 4-2 victory over his side at Fratton Park in League Two.

Robinson’s only previous experience of a west London derby came back in February in Fulham’s 3-1 win at QPR.

He 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.

The Middleton-on-Sea official enjoyed a progressive campaign last season – in which he officiated 43 games in all competitions, 14 of which were in the Championship and six were televised.

Robinson was fourth official for four Premier League games as well as the League Two Play-Off Final, and handled the League One Play-Off semi-final second leg between Millwall and Bradford at the New Den.

Robinson – who is the chairman of the Chichester and West Sussex Sunday League – has been qualified for 15 years and progressed through the Sussex, Wessex and Ryman leagues having first taken up the whistle on the advice of his former PE teacher, Paul Blackmore.

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

His first game as a National List referee was Southend against Accrington in League Two in August 2012.


Seasoned campaigner: Tierney handled over 200 games in the Football League since his promotion in 2008 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Premier League whistler Paul Tierney will take charge of the Midlands derby between managerless Wolves and Derby County on Saturday.

The 37-year-old, from Lancashire, has been assigned to the televised lunchtime encounter at Molineux as Wolves’ caretaker boss Rob Edwards hopes to get the better of the Rams in his first home game in charge (KO 12:15 BST).

He will be assisted by Andy Halliday (north Yorkshire) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire), while Select Group 2 referee Chris Kavanagh (Manchester) will be on fourth official duties.

It will be Tierney’s 11th game of the season in all competitions, having so far brandished 37 yellow cards, one red card and awarded two penalties.

He had an assured top-flight debut in Swansea’s 3-0 win over West Brom in August 2014 and went on to officiate four other games before his promotion to the Select Group, along with Stuart Attwell, was confirmed this summer.

Paul Tierney in Premier League action (Watford v WBA - 15th August 2015)
Lenient: Tierney has largely escaped controversy and stayed under the radar in his seven Premier League games to date

The former hairdresser, who is the first referee from Wigan to officiate in the Premier League, has already handled Burnley’s 1-1 draw with Hull in September and Swansea’s goalless draw with Watford this term.

He was criticised by Watford boss Walter Mazzarri after last month’s match at the Liberty Stadium for failing to award what he felt were two clear penalties for his side.

Tierney was also labelled as “appalling” by then Bolton boss Neil Lennon at the start of last season when refereeing another derby in the Championship, in their goalless draw with Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Paul Tierney referee (Swindon v MK Dons - 4th April 2015)
Expert: Tierney has controlled more Championship games (82) than any other league or competition in his career (Picture from Sky Sports)

Saturday will be his fifth second-tier match of 2016-17 – and his second in front of the Sky cameras, after taking control of an incident-free stalemate between Derby County and Aston Villa in another all-Midlands affair at the iPro Stadium in August.

Tierney, meanwhile, has not encountered Wolves for over a year since their 2-0 home defeat by Brentford in October 2015.

His career highlights include running the line in a 2009 FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal, taking charge of the 2014 League Two Play-Off semi-final second leg between Southend and Burton Albion and being fourth official for the FA Trophy Final in the same year.

Last season, he oversaw 46 games in all competitions, including both legs of the FA Youth Cup Final and Plymouth’s 1-0 second-leg win over Portsmouth in the League Two Play-Off semi-finals.

Although allowing the game to flow as much as possible and largely avoiding controversy, Tierney has built a reputation for being a card-happy official during his six seasons as a Football League referee.

The clash between the sides at Molineux was also officiated by a Premier League referee last season, as Graham Scott handed out five bookings when George Saville struck twice for their 2-1 win over Derby back in February.

Different role: Tierney has been fourth official for eight games this season, six in the Premier League and two in Europe (Picture from Sky Sports)

You can view the rest of the EFl match official appointments here.

SkyBet Championship: Mike Dean to referee Birmingham City v Aston Villa

Premier League referee Mike Dean will be in the middle for Sunday’s Second City derby at St Andrew’s, while James Adcock will take charge of Friday’s clash between west London rivals Brentford and QPR.

Bone of contention: Dean has already split opinion with penalty awards for grappling under the new directives this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

MIKE Dean has been confirmed as the referee for the ‘Second City’ derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa in the SkyBet Championship this weekend.

The Wirral-based whistler will take control as the two Midlands rivals meet for the first time at St Andrew’s since January 2011 this Sunday lunchtime (KO 12:00 BST, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by Select Group linesmen Simon Long (Devon) and Daniel Cook (Hampshire), with Peter Bankes (Merseyside) on fourth official duties.

It will be a second major derby of the week for Dean after dishing out four yellow cards in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Manchester City at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

The Football League was expected to appoint an experienced official and it will be a first taste of this particular fixture for Dean, who drops down from the Premier League for the first time this term for what could be a combustible affair between two fierce rivals in contrasting form of late.

He was last seen in the middle at the Emirates on Saturday for Arsenal’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough – delivering an assured display, only booking Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi.

And Boro were the hosts for his previous Championship outing in May when he sent off Brighton’s Dale Stephens in a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium in a promotion decider on the final day of the league season.

Earlier this month, Dean gave two spotkicks but was criticised for turning down Burnley’s appeals for another one in their 3-1 defeat by Southampton at St Mary’s.

Mike Dean points to penalty spot (Chelsea v Southampton - 15th March 2015)
Spotkick: Dean has awarded more penalties (19) since the start of last season than any other Select Group official (Picture from Sky Sports)

Sunday’s eagerly-awaited showdown will be the 48-year-old’s 11th match of the season in all competitions.

In his 10 games so far, he has brandished 38 yellow cards, sent off Sunderland’s Adnan Januzaj in their 1-0 defeat at Spurs, and awarded six penalties.

The Heswall-based whistler, who is the only referee to have officiated three Championship Play-Off Finals, took charge of three second-tier matches last season.

Meanwhile, Dean handled four Villa games in 2015-16 as they were relegated from the Premier League.

He oversaw their 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United in August and 3-2 defeat at champions Leicester in September, in which they let a two-goal lead slip.

In November, Dean gestured towards the halfway line in a rather excitable fashion when Villa went 2-0 down in their 3-1 defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

He was also in control of their 1-1 Boxing Day draw with West Ham at Villa Park and 1-0 defeat at Swansea City in March.

Well-known: Former Fifa referee Dean has been a regular in the Premier League since 2000 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Dean has not handled a Birmingham game since January 2012 – their 4-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road in the Championship.

But he will be remembered most by Blues fans for overseeing their famous 2-1 triumph over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup Final.

The sides last met at Birmingham’s home in a 1-1 Premier League draw five years ago, officiated by Mark Clattenburg.

But, as Steve Bruce prepares to come up against his former employers, his new club Villa ran out 1-0 winners in a League Cup tie at Villa Park last season – with Bobby Madley the man in the middle on that occasion.


LEEDS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Referee James Adcock talks to Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United and Chris Maguire of Sheffield Wednesday before giving both players a yellow card during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on October 4, 2014 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Regular: Adcock – one of 18 Select Group 2 officials – will handle his ninth Championship game of the season (Picture from Getty Images)

James Adcock will take charge of Friday night’s televised west London derby between QPR and Brentford at Loftus Road (KO 19:45 BST).

The Select Group 2 referee will be assisted by Adam Matthews, Michael George and fourth official Tim Robinson – who refereed Burton’s 2-0 win over Birmingham last Friday – for his 16th game of the season.

So far this term, he has brandished 41 yellow cards and awarded three penalties but is yet to issue a red card.

Adcock – who only received 10 second-tier matches last term – last encountered Brentford in August, booking two players in their 1-0 defeat at Rotherham.

The Nottinghamshire-based official, who handled the 2011 Conference Play-Off Final, oversaw QPR’s 1-1 draw at Leeds back in April – awarding the visitors an 87th-minute penalty which Tjarron Chery converted.

Adcock was the fourth official who was swore at by Sunderland boss David Moyes and subsequently advised referee Chris Kavanagh to send him off in the Black Cats’ 1-0 EFL Cup defeat at Southampton in midweek.

The 32-year-old, who has ambitions to be a Premier League referee one day, gave up his day job as a PE teacher in the summer to become a full-time referee.

Regarded as a competent official, Adcock began refereeing in 2000 at the age of 16 before progressing through local leagues to join the Conference List in 2009 and the Football League list two years later.

In last season’s meetings between the rivals, Simon Hooper refereed Brentford’s 1-0 win at Griffin Park in October before Fred Graham issued seven yellows in QPR’s 3-0 victory over the Bees at Loftus Road in March.

You can see all of this weekend’s Football League match official appointments here.

Keith Stroud in charge of Brighton v Brentford

Referee Keith Stroud will take charge of his 17th Championship game of the season when Brighton host Brentford in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night.

Keith Stroud in action (QPR v Hull City - 1st January 2016)
Familiar face: Stroud will oversee his 17th Championship game of the season on the south coast (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Keith Stroud will take charge of Friday’s televised SkyBet Championship encounter between Brighton and Brentford.

The 46-year-old, from Hampshire, has been confirmed as the man in the middle at the AMEX Stadium for the first game of the Football League weekend (KO 19:45 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire), while James Linington (Isle of Wight) is the fourth official.

Stroud has handled 31 games across seven competitions so far this season – issuing 134 yellow cards, sending off eight players and awarding six penalties.

Keith Stroud awards free-kick (Sheff Weds v Hull - 17th Oct 2015)
Butt of jokes: Stroud had to be replaced late on in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Hull at Hillsborough in October after clashing with Chuba Akpom (Picture from Sky Sports)

The former Premier League whistler has officiated two top-flight games in 2015-16, with a view to being re-promoted to the Select Group list next season.

He was in control of Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa in August, correctly disallowing a Palace goal for offside after Dwight Gayle’s shot deflected in off James McArthur following discussions with assistant referee Peter Kirkup.

Afterwards, former PGMOL chief Keith Hackett urged that Stroud be selected for more Premier League games and hailed his decision-making and movement around the field.

Stroud also sent off West Ham defender James Collins with six minutes remaining for a crude challenge on two-goal Odion Ighalo in their 2-0 defeat at Watford in October.

Keith Stroud books Eric Lichaj (v Brighton - 7th August 2015)
Opener: Stroud booked six players in the first Football League game of the season between Brighton and Nottingham Forest (Picture from Sky Sports)

The Bournemouth-born official will visit the AMEX Stadium for the third time this season after overseeing their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on the opening weekend and 3-2 victory over 10-man Charlton in December.

It will also be his third Brentford away game of the campaign following their 4-2 win at Bristol City in August and 2-1 triumph over Reading – while in both, the Bees’ opponents had a player sent off.

Stroud’s most recent appearance in the middle came at the New York Stadium last Saturday in Charlton’s 4-1 success over Rotherham.

He is one of the most experienced in the Football League and has been in the middle twice at Wembley – for the 2004 Conference Play-Off Final between Aldershot and Shrewsbury and the 2013 League Two final as Bradford beat Northampton 3-0.

The Hampshire FA Referee Developing Manager first took up the whistle in 1988 and progressed through the ranks to become a Select Group assistant referee in 2002 when he was appointed as a linesman to the 2003 FA Cup Final.

Keith Stroud referee (Blackburn v Burnley - 24th October 2015)
Affiliation: Stroud is a boyhood supporter of current League Two club Luton Town (Picture from Sky Sports)

He became a National List referee in 2004 with his first Football League game being Scunthorpe’s 2-0 win at Cheltenham in League Two before impressing in a trial Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City in 2007.

Stroud was promoted to the top-flight at the start of the 2007-08 campaign but demoted back to the National List in May 2009 after just two seasons as a full-time official.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton – who sit fifth in the table, level on points with fourth-placed Derby – are seeking a third straight league win after a run of four straight defeats.

Meanwhile, Dean Smith’s Brentford have taken four points from their last two league matches against Leeds and Preston following their own run of four successive losses.

Burnley stun Brentford to continue Championship charge

Three stunning first-half goals gave Burnley a deserved victory at Griffin Park as Brentford were condemned to a fourth successive defeat in all competitions.

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  •  Brentford’s James Tarkowski refuses to play amid Burnley transfer speculation
Recent run: Burnley are now unbeaten in the last six encounters with Brentford, winning four and drawing two (Picture from Sky Sports)

THREE stunning first-half goals ensured Burnley held off Brentford’s revival to close the gap on the SkyBet Championship’s automatic promotion places to two points. 

The Clarets had clear daylight through a Scott Arfield curler, Joey Barton’s free-kick and George Boyd’s half-volley after a rampant performance in the opening 45 minutes, described by boss Sean Dyche as “arguably the best since I’ve been here”.

Brentford’s top scorer Alan Judge – who could be at Turf Moor by the end of the month – fired home to give the Bees hope of a fightback but it wasn’t forthcoming despite an improved second-half display.

The build-up was dominated by James Tarkowski’s refusal to play for Brentford, who have opened up internal disciplinary proceedings, amid transfer interest from opponents Burnley.

A third away win of the week moved Dyche’s men to within a point of third-placed Derby County, who host Birmingham on Saturday, and two points of the top two.

Dean Smith was pleased with his side’s reaction but the disappointing start proved costly as the Bees fell to a fourth successive defeat in all competitions.

Andre Gray returned to Griffin Park for the first time since leaving in August for £9 million but Burnley’s 14-goal striker missed several first-half chances as he failed to get on the scoresheet and was withdrawn after 65 minutes.

Boss Dyche was subjected to taunts from Brentford fans behind the dugout over his pursuit of Tarkowski, whose absence left a gaping hole in the Bees defence which was clinically exploited by the Clarets from the outset.

Sean Dyche on sidelines
Goal-getters: Dyche’s team are now the division’s joint-leading scorers with 42 goals alongside Fulham (Picture from Sky Sports)

The visitors’ composed start was rewarded in the 12th minute when Arfield curled his fifth goal of the season into the top corner with sublime precision from Gray’s lay-off.

It took until the half-hour mark for their superiority to be confirmed as Barton – from a one-step run-up – nonchalantly clipped a 25-yard free-kick past David Button for his second goal in as many games.

Nine minutes later, Boyd latched on to a loose Jack O’Connell clearance to send a sweet volley nestling into the bottom corner for his third league goal of the campaign.

Lacking in inspiration, a hapless Brentford managed a solitary shot in the first period as Burnley outclassed their West London opponents, with what was described by former Bees boss Uwe Rosler as “a complete away performance”.

Smith evidently rallied his troops at the interval and a double change – Sam Saunders and Lasse Vibe on for Sergi Canos and Marco Djuricin – brought immediate dividends as they sought to limit the damage.

Dean Smith
Record: The former Walsall boss has won three of his 10 matches in charge since replacing Lee Carsley at the end of November (Picture from Sky Sports)

With the hosts a different proposition, Judge drilled home his 11th goal of the season after skilfully gliding away from Matthew Lowton on 57 minutes.

The winger almost caught out Tom Heaton again at his near-post with a clever free-kick and Maxine Colin rifled into the side netting for the re-energised Bees, whose second-half showing matched their efforts in the midweek defeat by leaders Middlesbrough.

But despite showing greater fighting spirit and urgency in the second half, it was too little too late for a Brentford side who remain eight points adrift of the play-offs in 11th place.

Stout defending saw Burnley through after a convincing first-half display which took their tally to 16 goals in their last four league outings, of which they have won three.

FT match facts
Final stats: Brentford had more possession but Burnley had more attempts on target – three of which ended up in the back of the net (Picture from Sky Sports)



Brentford XI
Three alterations: Smith drafted in Jack O’Connell, Sergi Canos and Marco Djuricin for James Tarkowski, Sam Saunders and Lasse Vibe (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Saunders (on for Canos 45′), Vibe (on for Djuricin 45′) and Yennaris (on for Swift 67′).

Not used:  Bonham (GK), McEachran, Hoffman, Barbet.

Booked:  None

Goals:  Judge (57′)


Burnley XI
One change: George Boyd replaced Michael Kightly on the right hand side from Tuesday’s 5-0 demolition of MK Dons (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Hennings (on for Gray 65′)

Not used:  Nizic (GK), Duff, Darikwa, Marney, Kightly, Taylor.

Booked:  None

Goals:  Arfield (12′), Barton (30′), Boyd (39′)


Chris Kavanagh awards corner
Unassuming: Kavanagh – in charge of his 12th Championship game of the season – issued no cards and had no big decisions to make as he strolled through the action at Griffin Park (Picture from Sky Sports)

Referee:  Chris Kavanagh (Manchester) – 9/10
Attendance:  10,039

Chris Kavanagh to referee Brentford v Burnley

Chris Kavanagh will take charge of the televised Friday night match between Brentford and Burnley in the SkyBet Championship at Griffin Park.

Chris Kavanagh signals (Brighton v Wolves - 1st Jan 2016)
Man in the middle: Kavanagh’s last Championship game was at the AMEX Stadium on New Year’s Day when Wolves beat Brighton 1-0 (Picture from Sky Sports)

CHRIS Kavanagh has been confirmed as the referee for Friday’s televised SkyBet Championship clash between Brentford and Burnley (KO 19:45 GMT).

The 29-year-old, from Manchester, will take charge of his 12th Championship game of the season at Griffin Park.

He will be assisted by Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands) and Daniel Robathan (Surrey), while the fourth official will be Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Kavanagh – who has been Manchester FA’s Referee Development Officer since 2011 – is now considered to be among the Talent Group of referees whose potential for promotion to the Premier League is being assessed.

Chris Kavanagh games 2015-16 as of 15th January 2016
Breakdown: Kavanagh’s games in 2015-16 so far (Picture from Transfermarkt)

The Lancashire-born official has sent off one player – QPR’s Leroy Fer in their November defeat at Middlesbrough – in 21 games across five competitions this term. He has also brandished 74 yellow cards and awarded three penalties.

Two of those spotkicks were given during Aston Villa’s 5-3 extra-time win over Notts County in the League Cup second round after which he was criticised by County boss Ricardo Moniz for being “arrogant”.

It will be the first time Kavanagh encounters Burnley in his officiating career thus far but he was in the middle for Brentford’s 4-1 win over Huddersfield last March.

Kavanagh handled 29 games last term and was the fourth official for the FA Vase Final between Glossop North End and North Shields at Wembley Stadium.

Highly-rated: Kavanagh is in only his second season as a Football League referee (Picture from Sky Sports)
Highly-rated: Kavanagh is in only his second season as a Football League referee (Picture from Sky Sports)

Despite only officiating eight second-tier matches in his debut season on the National List in 2014-15, his quiet and unassuming approach earned plaudits – and he is enjoying another consistent campaign in which he has been tested with a number of key games.

After dishing out 15 red cards in his two seasons in the Conference, Kavanagh has only issued three since his promotion.

Brentford – who sit 11th in the table, eight points behind the play-offs – have lost their last three games while fourth-placed Burnley are unbeaten in the last four matches.

Dean Smith’s side have not scored in their last two home games as Sean Dyche’s Clarets seek back-to-back away league wins for the first time this term.

Chris Kavanagh with Baird and Butterfield (v MK Dons - 26th Sept 2015)
On screen: Kavanagh will handle his seventh TV game of the season – six in the Championship and one FA Cup tie (Picture from Sky Sports)