Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson and Andrew Fox
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury
Lancashire-based referee Jeremy Simpson will take charge of Saturday's trip to the North East.
He has been handed ten previous Brentford assignments, starting with our dramatic 3-2 win at home to Portsmouth in April 2013. After officiating defeats against Middlesbrough and Derby County during the 2015/16 season, the drama returned the following campaign as he refereed our 1-1 draw at Aston Villa and our six-goal thriller at Griffin Park against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Last season, he took charge of our 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, December's 2-1 victory over Norwich City, and our Good Friday draw against Sheffield United, which saw Ryan Woods and Jamal Blackman dismissed.
His two previous assignments this term were our 1-1 draw at Leeds United and January's Emirates FA Cup victory over Oxford United; both our goals coming courtesy of Neal Maupay penalties. Those games took his total record in Brentford games to three wins, four draws, and three defeats.
So far this season, Simpson has shown 126 yellow cards, and five reds, one of those to Luke Ayling during our visit to Elland Road, in 32 competitive fixtures.
416 fouls – 13th in Championship
61 yellow cards – 8th in Championship
3 red cards – 5th in Championship
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