SkyBet Championship: Peter Bankes to referee Newcastle United v Aston Villa

The Merseyside whistler will be in the middle for a crunch televised SkyBet Championship clash at St James’s Park between two sides relegated from the Premier League last season.

Prominent: Bankes, who is now in his third season as a Football League referee, oversaw the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell last season (Picture from Sky Sports)

The referee has been announced for the crunch SkyBet Championship clash between Newcastle United and Aston Villa on Monday night.

Peter Bankes will take charge of the televised encounter under the floodlights at St James’s Park with kick-off at 20:00 GMT, the Football League has confirmed.

He will be ably assisted by Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire) and David Avent (Northamptonshire), with Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire) on fourth official duties.

A Select Group 2 official primarily officiating in the second-tier, Bankes will oversee his 28th game in all competitions of what has been a busy campaign for him so far.

The 34-year-old has so far brandished 100 yellow cards and a staggering 10 red cards – which is twice the amount he gave in the whole of last season, while only Keith Stroud and Scott Duncan have sent off more players among the 18 Select Group 2 referees.

He has also pointed to the penalty spot on seven occasions – but only one of those spotkicks was in the second tier.

It will be the Merseyside whistler’s 19th Championship match of the season and he won’t forget his only other game involving Newcastle – their memorable 4-3 victory over Norwich at St James’s Park back in September.

Bankes booked 10 players and awarded the Magpies a dubious second-half penalty as they came from 3-1 down with two goals in injury time sealing a comeback victory.

Immediately after that game, he handled the first of his two Aston Villa matches this term – both ending up in 2-0 defeats away from home, which may be a bad omen for Villa boss Steve Bruce, who is bound to receive a hostile reception as a former Sunderland manager on Tyneside.

The notoriously card-happy Bankes issued another eight bookings in their loss at Preston at the start of October and awarded Villa a late spotkick, which Ross McCormack saw saved by Lilywhites keeper Chris Maxwell.

He was then in the middle for their defeat at Leeds United in front of the Sky Sports cameras in December and put in a good performance, with just four yellows given out.

Bankes returned to Elland Road on Tuesday evening as fourth official for Leeds’ match against Bristol City, while he assumed the same role at St James’s Park as recently as February 1 for Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with QPR.

The Liverpool-based official has shown plenty of promise in recent times and has received high praise from former Premier League referees Keith Hackett and Jeff Winter for impressive keeping some challenging games under control.

Fleeting: It will only be Bankes’s third appearance in front of the live TV cameras in all competitions this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Bankes began officiating in 1996 at the age of 14 whilst a pupil at Bootle High School and served as a Premier League assistant referee for two years, during which he ran the line on FA Cup and League Cup semi-final ties.

Arguably the proudest moment of his career so far was refereeing Cambridge’s 2-1 win over Gateshead in the National League Promotion Final at Wembley in May 2014.

He was subsequently promoted to the Football League list of referees and has since taken charge of two Play-Off Semi-Final ties in League One and League Two, as well as being fourth official for last season’s FA Vase Final.

Bankes has already shown his officiate in the Select Group in the future having overseen several Premier League teams in domestic cup competitions, including Sunderland’s 2-1 EFL Cup win at QPR this season, and been fourth official for numerous top-flight games.

He had a busy time when performing electronic board duties at Turf Moor on Saturday, intervening on more than one occasion as Burnley and Lincoln City coaches clashed during the National League side’s famous 1-0 FA Cup fifth round win.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle will be looking to reclaim top spot in the Championship from Brighton, who won 2-0 at Barnsley on Saturday, and return to winning ways after a 2-2 draw at Norwich in midweek.

Hovering just six points above the relegation zone, Aston Villa would be forgiven for fearing the worst having lost their last four league games and seven of the last eight on the road. The Midlands side, beaten 3-1 at home by Barnsley in midweek, have also not beaten Newcastle since 2011 or won on Tyneside since 2005.

The reverse fixture at Villa Park was also overseen by a Select Group 2 referee, with Chris Kavanagh performing well in September’s 1-1 draw between two sides seeking an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation last season.

Role: Bankes is a former Football Services Officer in Coach Education at Liverpool County Football Association (Picture from Sky Sports)

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.

Referees announced for Championship ‘Select Group’

Former Premier League whistler Keith Stroud, Andy Madley and Simon Hooper are among 18 Football League referees who will form a new Select Group 2 to officiate Championship games.

Andy Woolmer referee (JPT Final Barnsley v Oxford - 3rd April 2016)
In the middle: Northamptonshire postman Woolmer, 50, has secured one of the 18 spots in the newly-formed Select Group 2 (Picture from Sky Sports)

THE 18 referees who will form a second ‘Select Group’ by officiating primarily in the SkyBet Championship from the 2016-17 season have been revealed. 

Former Premier League referee Keith Stroud and fellow experienced whistler Andy Woolmer have both been selected.

A number of ‘Talent Group’ whistlers – who are being considered for promotion to the top-flight – were chosen including Simon Hooper, Andy Madley, Chris Kavanagh and David Coote.

The officials will be able to benefit from training with their Select Group colleagues at St George’s Park in Burton and will be employed by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

It is unclear at this stage who are the 12 full-time and six part-time officials.

The changes will hope to drive up standards in the Football League, particularly in the Championship which grows in popularity and importance year on year.

Scott Duncan books Morgan Fox (v Ipswich - 28th Nov 2015)
Taking note: Northumberland’s Scott Duncan (left) has been officiating in the Football League since the 2012-13 season (Picture from Sky Sports)

From the officials chosen, Kavanagh, 30, is the youngest and therefore the least experienced having only been promoted to the National List of referees last season.

Hooper – who refereed the 2015 League Two Play-Off Final – endured a difficult time in his only Premier League trial game between Norwich and Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.

Four of the referees have received Play-Off semi-final appointments – Tim Robinson, Stephen Martin, Peter Bankes and Oliver Langford.

Staffordshire-based official Martin is the son of former Premier League assistant referee Andy, while Robinson is ending the season strongly despite the controversial dismissal of Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri against Hull City.

Madley, 32, is the older brother of Premier League referee Robert – who will oversee the Championship Play-Off Final between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Andy Davies referee (Swindon v Wigan - 25th March 2016)
Staying put: The Hampshire-based whistler, 39, will be mainly based in the second-tier next season (Picture from Sky Sports)

When announcing their intentions to create a ‘Select Group 2’ last December, PGMOL said in a statement:

“At present, Select Group assistant referees and National List referees are paid on a match-fee basis, but this change will see them move to part-time and full-time PGMOL contracts.

“The aim of the above changes is to expand the refereeing talent pool and ensure there is a strong development pathway for young officials coming through the ranks.”

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey added: “At the end of the day, we have got highly paid players competing for the massive prize of promotion and we are expecting a referee to turn up who may have been at work all day and perform to a high standard.”

The successful officials are believed to have undergone a rigorous application process. They will receive an estimated annual salary of £60,000, as opposed to the standard £380 match fee per game.

As well as the second-tier elite group, there will also be a newly established panel of 36 assistant referees, although they are not on full salaried terms.

Name Age County No. of Championship games in 2015-16
Andy Davies 40 Hampshire 13
Andy Madley 32 West Yorkshire 18
Andy Woolmer 50 Northamptonshire 13
Chris Kavanagh 30 Manchester 18
Darren Bond 37 Lancashire 11
David Coote 33 West Yorkshire 10
Geoff Eltringham 35 Tyne & Wear 12
James Adcock 32 Nottinghamshire 10
James Linington 36 Isle of Wight 8
Jeremy Simpson 40 Lancashire 15
Keith Stroud 46 Hampshire 24
Oliver Langford 36 West Midlands 13
Peter Bankes 33 Merseyside 18
Scott Duncan 42 Northumberland 15
Simon Hooper 33 Wiltshire 22
Stephen Martin 31 Staffordshire 14
Tim Robinson 35 West Sussex 14
Tony Harrington 32 Cleveland 11

Brighton thrash poor Leeds United to boost promotion hopes

Brighton moved to within two points of Championship leaders Burnley as four first-half goals condemned Leeds United to a crushing defeat at the AMEX Stadium.

  •  Brighton now two points behind leaders Burnley
  •  Second successive 4-0 win for the Seagulls
  •  Leeds suffer heaviest defeat of the season so far 
  •  United nine points above the relegation zone 
Brighton celebrate third goal (v Leeds - 29th Feb 2016)
No mercy: Hemed struck his fifth goal in six games to put Brighton 3-0 up inside the opening half-hour (Picture from Sky Sports)

BRIGHTON moved to within a point of the SkyBet Championship’s top two as four first-half goals swept a poor Leeds United aside.

Tomer Hemed converted an 18th minute penalty after Scott Wootton felled Sam Baldock and Liam Cooper diverted a Baldock effort past his own keeper Marco Silvestri for 2-0.

Top scorer Hemed slotted in his second of the night – and 11th of the season – before Lewis Dunk powered home Dale Stephens’ corner to put Chris Hughton’s team out of sight.

Leeds marginally improved after the break as Alex Mowatt twice fired over but the damage had long been done, much to the dismay of the 1,522 fans who made the 520-mile round trip to west Sussex.

Steve Evans on the sidelines (v Brighton - 29th Feb 2016)
Alarming decline: Leeds United have now won just one of their last 11 matches in the Championship (Picture from Sky Sports)

Head coach Steve Evans repeatedly vented his fury on the sidelines as the error-prone visitors, who stay 17th in the table, contributed to their own downfall and remain without an away league win since December.

For Brighton, it was a second successive 4-0 victory after Bristol City fell victim at Ashton Gate six days ago as they went six points clear in fourth place with a dominant display in front of their home supporters.

The buoyant Seagulls looked like flying away with the game from the moment Hemed cheekily chipped home from the spot after referee Peter Bankes penalised Wootton for hauling down Baldock as he charged into the box.

Leeds again shot themselves in the foot when Cooper inadvertently steered Baldock’s poked attempt into his own net after good approach play involving the impressive Stephens.

Pre-match scene (Brighton v Leeds - 29th Feb 2016)
Edging closer: Brighton – beaten play-off semi-finalists in 2013 and 2014 – are bidding to reach the Premier League for the first time (Picture from Sky Sports)

Brighton were in the mood for more and Hemed slid a low shot into the bottom corner after Leeds skipper Sol Bamba failed to clear his lines effectively.

Jamie Murphy and Beram Kayal forced smart saves from Silvestri before Dunk got in on the act on 37 minutes with his first goal of the season, an unstoppable header into the top corner from a pinpoint Stephens delivery.

Evans sent on Mustapha Carayol for the wounded Wootton at the break but it was a damage limitation exercise for the beleaguered Whites, who restored a semblance of pride with a better second half performance.

Mowatt lashed over on two occasions from promising situations, Charlie Taylor tested David Stockdale and 20-year-old Lewie Coyle went close with a left-footed effort.

Finding form: Hughton’s men have rediscovered their winning formula with a sixth victory in the last eight league games (Picture from Sky Sports)

Brighton struggled to fashion clear-cut chances after the break, Hemed produced a routine save out of Silvestri from the edge of the box and substitute Jiri Skalak was ran off the ball by Bamba when clean through.

But the hosts had already demonstrated their promotion credentials with a blistering four-goal spell in 21 minutes to complete a league double over Leeds, following a 2-1 success at Elland Road in October.

The Whites, meanwhile, will be desperate to get their biggest defeat in two years quickly out of their system as their wait for a first ever win at the AMEX Stadium was extended for another year.


Brighton XI (v Leeds United - 29th Feb 2016)
Unchanged: Brighton named the same team that thrashed Bristol City 4-0 last Tuesday night (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Skalak (on for Baldock 74′), Wilson (on for Hemed 77′) and Sidwell (on for Kayal 78′).

Not used:  Maenpaa (GK), Greer, Calderon, Zamora.

Booked:  Rosenior (7′), Baldock (34′), Goldson (60′)

Goals:  Hemed (18′ pen, 28′), Cooper (22′ og), Dunk (38′)


Leeds United XI (v Brighton - 29th Feb 2016)
Two alterations: Scott Wootton and ex-Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt came in for Tom Adeyemi and Mirco Antenucci from their 1-1 draw with Fulham (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Carayol (on for Wootton 45′), Erwin (on for Doukara 75′) and Murphy (on for Diagouraga 84′).

Not used:  Peacock-Farrell (GK), Berardi, Adeyemi, Antenucci.

Booked:  Mowatt (33′), Coyle (57′), Cooper (68′), Taylor (90+3′)

Goals:  None


Peter Bankes referee (Brighton v Leeds - 29th Feb 2016)
Firm but fair: The official had a fair bit to contend with but handled proceedings well and wasn’t easily fooled by the players (Picture from Sky Sports)

Referee:  Peter Bankes (Merseyside) – 8/10
Attendance:  25,150

James Linington in charge of London derby

James Linington will take charge of Sunday’s London derby between Charlton and Fulham while Chris Kavanagh and Peter Bankes will oversee the other televised games in the SkyBet Championship this weekend.

James Linington referee (Bristol Rovers v Oxford - 6th Sept 2015)
Established figure: This is Linington’s eighth full season as a National List referee (Picture from Sky Sports)

JAMES Linington will take charge of the televised London derby between former Premier League sides Charlton Athletic and Fulham in the SkyBet Championship this weekend. 

The 36-year-old will oversee his third Championship match of the season at the Valley in the Sunday lunchtime encounter (KO 12pm, live on Sky Sports).

He will be ably assisted by Stephen Finch (Suffolk) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire) while the fourth official is newly-promoted Football League referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

Linington – from the Isle of Wight – has already had a busy start to the campaign and will handle his 11th game in the middle in all competitions in south London this weekend.

The 6ft 2in self-employed plumbing and central heating engineer – who has been fourth official for two Premier League games this term – will also fulfill the same role on Tuesday night at Brentford’s Championship clash with Birmingham City at Griffin Park.

Linington has brandished 25 yellow cards so far this season and is yet to award a penalty but was scrutinised throughout his only other televised game in League Two earlier this month when sending off a player from each side in Oxford United’s 1-0 victory at Bristol Rovers.

James Linington sends off Ollie Clarke (v Oxford - 6th Sept 2015)
Controversial: Linington showed a red card to the Bristol Rovers midfielder during the early exchanges (Picutre from Sky Sports)

The dismissal of Ollie Clarke after just 16 minutes – for what appeared to be an innocuous challenge as he competed for an aerial ball with Danny Rose – was later rescinded by the FA.

It will be the first time he encounters Charlton since their 3-0 win over Huddersfield in February while he hasn’t controlled a Fulham match in over a year since their 1-0 home defeat by Wolves in August 2014.

The Newport-based whistler has to travel the furthest to get to games by catching the ferry from Fishbourne port across the Solent before making the rest of his journey by car.

Linington took up the whistle at the age of 14 before giving up football playing as a winger because he was told he was ‘not strong enough’.

He said: “I was released from a club at the age of 15 because I was not strong enough to play in adult football and at the level I intended to play at. I took up refereeing to stay involved in football with the intention to return to playing when I became stronger.”

James Linington at full-time (Bristol Rovers v Oxford - 6th Sept 2015)
Regular: Linington took charge of 18 Championship games last season including the final day clash between Derby and Reading (Picture from Sky Sports)

He rose through the Wessex, Southern, Isthmian and Western leagues – initially specialising in being an assistant referee through his career in the professional game.

Linington – who has ambitions to become a Premier League referee in the future – was appointed to the Select Group of assistant referees in 2006 and ran the line in the 2006 League One play-off final at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.

He became a Football League referee two years later and enjoyed two trips to Wembley in 2010 – as fourth official for the FA Trophy Final between Barrow and Stevenage before handling his biggest game so far in the League Two play-off final as Dagenham beat Rotherham 3-2.

Linington has been involved in several bizarre moments throughout his officiating career so far.

He sent off three Swansea players in their Carling Cup defeat to Scunthorpe in 2009, awarded a controversial penalty to the Iron and forced an injured player to come back onto the field in order to complete the game but the FA insisted they were ‘satisfied’ with his performance.

Last year, Linington forgot to bring his red card to the Cardiff City Stadium and had to borrow the linesman’s to send off Reading defender Alex Pearce against the Bluebirds.

He was also accused of ‘mocking’ Birmingham captain Paul Robinson about the scoreline whilst booking him in a 3-3 draw with Burnley at St Andrew’s two seasons ago.

Charlton were last in the top-flight in 2007 while Fulham were relegated in 2014 after 13 seasons in the Premier League.


Peter Bankes referee (Burton Albion v Coventry - 6th Sept 2015)
Busy schedule: Bankes also works for Liverpool County FA and is an authorised distributor for Utility Warehouse (Picture from Sky Sports)

Peter Bankes will be the man in charge for Rotherham’s SkyBet Championship clash with Burnley on Friday night in front of the Sky cameras (KO 7:45pm).

The 33-year-old Merseyside whistler will oversee the Millers’ first game since the departure of manager Steve Evans when the play-off chasing Clarets visit the New York Stadium.

He will be assisted in south Yorkshire by linesmen James Mainwairing and David Plowright while the fourth official is Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Bankes only took charge of his first Championship game back in February and is only in his second season as a Football League referee.

The Football Services Officer in Coach Education at Liverpool FA spent two years running the line in the Premier League – during which he was an assistant referee for FA Cup and Capital One Cup semi-finals – and officiated in the Conference.

He received a trial Football League game in January 2014 when handling Plymouth Argyle’s League Two match against Mansfield Town before gaining promotion the following summer.

Bankes has also been the fourth official for several Premier League games and, last season, was in the middle for the League Two play-off semi-final first leg between Plymouth and Wycombe.

Earlier this month, he was also selected to officiate the Capital One Cup third round tie between Premier League sides Leicester City and West Ham at the King Power Stadium in which he delivered an assured display – brandishing seven yellow cards.

In his first full campaign on the National List, he sent off seven players, awarded five penalties and issued 98 yellow cards in 27 games across four different competitions.

It will be Bankes’ sixth second-tier game of the campaign so far and his 11th in all competitions – booking 42 players in total in the previous 10 and pointing to the spot three times but he is yet to produce a red card.

The former accounts manager’s other televised game this term was Coventry’s 2-1 win over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium in League One – when he allowed a controversial Romain Vincelot goal to stand although replays confirmed the midfielder was onside.

It will be the first time that Bankes has encountered either Rotherham or Burnley with the hosts looking to secure a third successive league win against Sean Dyche’s men – who were relegated from the Premier League last term and hoping to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat by Reading.


Chris Kavanagh and Chris Martin (MK Dons v Derby - 26th Sept 2015)
On screen: Kavanagh has already overseen two televised Championship games this season including Derby’s 3-1 win at MK Dons last weekend (Picture from Sky Sports)

Chris Kavanagh will be the man in the middle for Wolves’ SkyBet Championship encounter with Huddersfield Town at Molineux on Saturday.

The 29-year-old from Manchester will take control of the lunchtime game (KO 12:15pm, live on Sky Sports) for the second weekend running after a solid performance at the Stadium MK.

He will be assisted in the west Midlands by linesmen David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire), with Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) on electronic board duties.

The highly-rated Kavanagh – who handled Burton Albion’s goalless draw with Sheffield United in League One in midweek – will take charge of his fourth Championship match of the campaign and his 10th in all competitions.

The Lancashire-born whistler has brandished 29 yellow cards, awarded two penalties and is yet to send a player off so far this term.

Kavanagh is in his second season as a Football League referee but is already considered to be among the Talent Group vying for promotion to the Premier League and has officiated both Aston Villa and Newcastle in the Capital One Cup this term.

It will be his second visit to Molineux already this season – and only his second Wolves game overall – having handled their 2-1 win over Charlton last month.

Kavanagh – who has been Manchester FA’s Referee Development Officer since May 2014 – has also encountered Huddersfield twice before in their 3-1 win over Watford in January and 4-1 defeat at Brentford in March.