Referee: John Brooks
Assistant Referees: Nick Greenhalgh and Mark Russell
Fourth Official: Jacob Miles
Tomorrow's game will be John Brooks' ninth in charge of The Bees, with us only tasting defeat in one of the previous eight of those fixtures.
The Leicestershire and Rutland official started in the Leicestershire local leagues in the mid-2000s before moving up the ranks. He ran the line at Wembley for the 2014 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final, the same year he began refereeing in the National League. Two years later, in August 2016, Brooks took charge of his first EFL games.
His maiden second-tier game was in December 2017 with his second Championship assignment seeing us take three points in the north-east against Sunderland the following February. He then took charge of five further Bees games, all of them at Griffin Park, prior to this campaign.
He was the man in the middle when we lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in November 2018 and also for our 3-3 draw against Derby County in April 2019. Last season's outings saw him officiate our 2-1 win over Cardiff City, January's 3-1 derby victory over Queens Park Rangers, and our dramatic 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic in July.
This term's assignments have both come on the road with a 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over Southampton and last month's 1-1 draw at Swansea City.
In 22 games this season Brooks has shown 71 yellow cards and three reds, one of which was for Kyle Naughton during last month's game in South Wales.
Stoke City 2020/21
398 fouls - 10th in Sky Bet Championship
57 yellow cards - Most in Sky Bet Championship
3 red cards - Fourth in Sky Bet Championship
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