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.

Mike Jones in charge of Spurs v Everton

Mike Jones will take charge of Saturday’s evening kick-off between Tottenham and Everton in the Premier League while Andre Marriner and Bobby Madley are also set to be in the middle over the weekend.

Mike Jones sounds the whistle (Watford v M'boro - 6th April 2015)
Experienced: Jones spent 11 years in the Football League before earning promotion to the Select Group of referees in 2008-09 (Picture from Sky Sports)

REFEREE Mike Jones has been chosen to officiate Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday evening.

The 47-year-old will oversee his third top-flight game of the campaign when European challengers Spurs face the Toffees at White Hart Lane (KO 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports 1).

He will be assisted in north London by experienced linesmen Andy Garratt (West Midlands) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire) while the fourth official will be Football League referee Charles Brakespear (Surrey).

It will be a milestone occasion for the Cheshire-based whistler, who will take charge of his 150th Premier League match almost eight years to the day when he stepped out for his debut at the KC Stadium for Wigan’s 5-0 win at Hull.

Jones has given assured displays so far in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Watford on the opening weekend and Swansea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium.

The Cheshire-based whistler issued seven yellows altogether in both games and correctly sent off Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat for two bookable offences in the first half.

Mike Jones with yellow card (Leeds v Sheffield Weds - 22nd August 2015)
Keeping control: Jones showed six yellow cards in the 1-1 draw at Elland Road (Picture from Sky Sports)

Jones also put in a solid performance in the competitive Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday when dropping down to the Championship for the televised early kick-off last Saturday.

The Chester-born official sent off 10 players, brandished 117 yellow cards and awarded 12 penalties in 34 games in all competitions last season.

Three red cards came as Jones ended 2014-15 with five top-flight games to take his total to 21 for the campaign but also found himself a regular in the second-tier with 10 matches overall.

Since first taking up the whistle in 1997, his high-profile appointments to date are refereeing the 2007 League Two Play-Off Final, the 2009 FA Trophy Final and being fourth official to Phil Dowd for the 2012 FA Cup Final – all at Wembley Stadium.

His Premier League career, however, has been shrouded with controversy including the infamous beachball incident at the Stadium of Light in 2010, booking Sergio Aguero for diving when he was clearly fouled at Southampton last term and awarding Liverpool a penalty against Leicester when the ball clearly struck Wes Morgan in the face.


Andre Marriner with assistants (Dover v C Palace FA Cup - 4th Jan 2015)
Landmark: Marriner reached the milestone of 200 Premier League games in his officiating career back in April (Picture from BT Sport)

Andre Marriner will take charge of back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this season when overseeing the first match of the weekend.

The 44-year-old from the West Midlands has been assigned to Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle this Saturday lunchtime (KO 12:45pm, live on BT Sport 1).

He will be assisted at St James’s Park by Darren Cann and Marc Perry with fellow Fifa referee Anthony Taylor on fourth official duties.

Marriner oversaw his first top-flight game of 2015-16 last Sunday and handed out two yellow cards as newly-promoted Watford drew 0-0 with Southampton at Vicarage Road.

Three days earlier, he gave out four yellows in the Europa League play-off tie between Qabala and Panathinaikos and also handed out a solitary booking and awarded a penalty in Wolves’ 1-1 Championship draw with Hull City on August 16.

Andre Marriner shows 1 added min (W Ham 1-1 Man Utd - 8th Feb 2015)
Other role: Marriner will be an additional assistant referee for the Champions League play-off second leg between APOEL and Astana on Wednesday (Picture from Sky Sports)

The Sheldon-based whistler only sent off one player, issued 86 yellow cards and awarded three penalties in 20 Premier League games last season.

It’s the first time he will encounter either side since the spring when handling Newcastle’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in February and Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton on March 1.

Marriner will still be remembered by Gunners fans for infamously sending off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in their 6-0 defeat at Chelsea in March 2014.


Mike Dean explains decision (WBA v Man City - 10th August 2015)
Second-tier: Dean refereed three Championship games last term and the play-off final between Norwich and Middlesbrough at Wembley (Picture from Sky Sports)

Mike Dean will step down into the Football League this weekend to officiate the Championship encounter between Bristol City and Burnley at Ashton Gate.

The experienced 47-year-old from the Wirral had overseen three Premier League games so far this term including Norwich’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Carrow Road last Saturday.

Ex-Fifa official Dean has been a regular in the top-flight since 2000 but has also handled a number of high-profile games in the lower divisions.

He will be assisted this Saturday for the 3pm kick-off by Matthew Wilkes and newly-promoted Select Group linesman Daniel Cook with National List referee Brendan Malone overseeing fourth official duties.

Bobby Madley plays advantage
Finding his feet: Madley was in the middle for 11 Premier League games last season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Bobby Madley will take charge of his second Premier League game of the season when taking to the field for Aston Villa’s clash with Sunderland on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The West Yorkshire whistler is still only 29 – two years older than brother Andy, a Football League referee – and is in his third season as a full-time Select Group official.

His other match this term was the 2-2 draw between Tottenham and Stoke at White Hart Lane in which he handed out four yellow cards and awarded the visitors a penalty while he also oversaw Charlton’s 2-0 win over QPR on the opening weekend of the Championship season.

Madley – who has mainly been used as a fourth official so far in 2015-16 – will be assisted at Villa Park by linesmen Edward Smart and Richard West while Stephen Martin is the fourth official.


PL Match Official Appointments matchday four (29th and 30th August 2015)
Full list: The match official appointments for the fourth round of top-flight fixtures in the 2015-16 season (Picture from

Referee Probert makes Premier League return

Wiltshire referee Lee Probert will take charge of his first Premier League game of the season on Saturday when West Bromwich Albion meet Queens Park Rangers at the Hawthorns.

Lee Probert (Wiltshire) FA Cup January 2014
Seasoned campaigner: This is Probert’s ninth season as a Select Group referee

HE has had to play a patient waiting game but after a steady recovery and an extended period of being eased back into action in the Football League, referee Lee Probert is back in the Premier League – where he feels he belongs.

The Wiltshire-based whistler would have been itching to kick-on this campaign having received the biggest honour of any official’s career – refereeing the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

But Probert – who oversaw Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Hull without any major hiccups – suffered a knee injury over the summer which has somewhat hampered his progress.

The 42-year-old made a long-awaited return to the pitch on December 20 in the League Two encounter between Accrington and promotion-chasing Wycombe.

After 10 further games including five in the Championship and three FA Cup ties, Probert has been appointed to his first top-flight game since May last year.

Like his last one, it will take place at the Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion play host to relegation-threatened QPR on Saturday at 3pm – with the assistance of Ron Ganfield, Mark Scholes and fourth official Darren Bond.

On Easter Monday, Probert will switch from man in the middle to the one on the sidelines when overseeing electronic board duties at Selhurst Park for Michael Oliver in Crystal Palace’s Premier League encounter with champions Manchester City.

It has been a quiet re-introduction so far for the Gloucester-born referee, who has dished out an average of three yellow cards per game, awarded three penalties and sent off two players – both in the Championship.

One of those dismissals came just 28 seconds into Bournemouth’s 2-0 win over Watford at the end of January when Hornets defender Gabrielle Angella was adjudged to have brought down Cherries striker Callum Wilson as the last man although replays suggested otherwise.

Additionally, Probert has been the fourth official for 11 games so far this season – nine of them in the Premier League including for Southampton’s 2-0 win over Burnley prior to the international break.

Last Sunday, he was at Anfield to take control of Liverpool’s All-Star Charity Match between two XIs assembled by Reds legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Last month, Probert held a lecture at the University of Bath giving students a unique insight into the demands a modern referee has to contend with.

Lee Probert warms up (Liverpool v Bolton in 2012)
Warming up: Probert has had 11 matches in the middle so far in the Football League and FA Cup this season (Picture from WikiCommons)

Despite being on the treatment table for much of the first half of the campaign, it did not prevent Probert from being the subject of criticism from former referees’ chief Keith Hackett who claimed the Fifa official should be dropped if he fails a fitness test.

Having sat out 30 rounds of Premier League fixtures, his absence paved the way for Football League whistlers Paul Tierney, Graham Scott, Keith Stroud and Stuart Attwell to take charge of trial games to prove their potential in the top-flight.

Aside from last season’s surprise call-up for the FA Cup showpiece, Probert’s high-profile appointments also consist of the 2010 FA Trophy Final as Barrow beat Stevenage after extra time.

He was back at the national stadium a year later as fourth official for the FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Stoke City.

Probert’s first step-up to the top-flight came in January 2007 after four seasons on the National Group of referees before his official promotion came at the start of the 2007-08 campaign.

Lee Probert with two captains at FA Cup Final 2014
Honour: Probert (middle) became only the second Wiltshire official to referee an FA Cup Final last season

He oversaw 33 games in all competitions last term with 21 coming in the Premier League including a first Tyne-Wear derby and six games in a row immediately before issuing four yellow cards in what was a largely incident-free 133rd FA Cup Final.

His successful season did not end at Wembley, though, but with an international friendly between Nigeria and Scotland which ended 2-2 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

Indeed, Probert has been on the Fifa list of referees as a Category Two official since late 2010 – allowing him to take control of international matches and Europa League games.

It will be his first encounter with Queens Park Rangers since their 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Newcastle in May 2013 in which he awarded both sides a penalty and sent off visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

Keith Stroud makes Premier League return

Football League referee Keith Stroud has been handed a trial Premier League game this weekend at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace host Leicester City.

Taking control: Stroud will also be in the middle for the midweek Capital One Cup clash between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates (Picture from Getty Images)
Taking control: Stroud will also be in the middle for the midweek Capital One Cup clash between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates (Picture from Getty Images)

KEITH Stroud could be on the verge of a return to the Select Group of referees after the Football League official was appointed to a trial Premier League match.

The 45-year-old will take charge of Saturday’s encounter between Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park.

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

Following his debut in February 2006 when Blackburn welcomed Sunderland to Ewood Park, he oversaw a further 13 matches before being deemed to have fallen below the required standards of officiating and was dropped along with fellow referee Steve Tanner.

Having first taken up the whistle in 1988 and progressed through the ranks, Stroud is one of the most experienced in the Football League and has been in the middle for many play-off matches including the 2013 League Two final as Bradford beat Northampton 3-0 at Wembley.

The Bournemouth-based whistler, who is regularly considered for the high-profile games across all three divisions, was praised for his excellent handling of August’s east Anglian derby between Ipswich and Norwich in the Championship.

So far this season, Stroud has brandished 36 yellows and one red card in seven games in all competitions.

Last term, he gave out 168 yellows and seven red cards, while awarding seven penalties, in 38 games across numerous competitions.

He began with the season opener between Sheffield United and Notts County at the start of the Football League’s 125th anniversary year and ended the campaign with the League One play-off semi-final second leg as Rotherham beat Preston at the New York Stadium.

He last officiated Leicester 11 months ago in their 4-3 Capital One Cup victory over Fulham while his previous game involving Palace in a goalless Championship draw against Barnsley in April 2013.

Stroud, who is a leading contender for this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final, becomes the second official from the so-called Football League “Talent Group”  to be called up to the top-flight already in 2014-15 after Paul Tierney earlier this month.

With several officials, including Chris Foy and Phil Dowd, approaching the age of 50 or over, the PGMOL have continued their policy of testing the ability of promising FL officials in one-off low-key Premier League games.

For his first top-flight outing since December 2008, Stroud will be assisted by Richard West and Mark Scholes, with Neil Swarbrick on fourth official duties.



Stroud once issued nine cautions, red carded 3 players and awarded four penalties in Sheffield United’s 2-2 League One draw with Brentford in April 2013.