Referee: Keith Stroud

Assistant Referees: Jonathan Hunt and Sam Lewis

Fourth Official: Mark Jones

Keith Stroud began his professional career back in 2004 and has been involved in FA Cup and Play-Off finals, as well as spending a number of seasons officiating in the Premier League.

In total, we have won 16 and drawn three of 28 games under the Hampshire official. Most notable among those were our 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane in April 2013, which saw four penalties and three red cards given, and a pair of home wins over Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Last term, Stroud was in charge of back-to-back home wins against Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion, either side of the restart, before officiating our Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg away at Swansea. The Hampshire official showed Rico Henry a red card, which was later recinded, and awarded The Swans a second-half penalty in the 1-0 defeat which ended our seven game winning run under him.

So far this season, Stroud has shown six yellow cards in five competitive fixtures.

Stoke City 2020/21

73 fouls – 16th in Championship

10 yellow cards – 6th in Championship

1 red card – 2nd most in Championship

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