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James Linington to take charge of our first match back

Match Officials confirmed for Derby at Craven Cottage

18 June 2020

It will be 99 days later than originally planned but on Saturday we make the short trip to Fulham for a huge Sky Bet Championship clash. A crucial three points, and some local bragging rights, are up for grabs and the match officials have been confirmed for the game.

Referee: James Linington

Assistant Referees: Lee Venamore and Michael George

Fourth Official: Will Finnie

This is the first time this season Linington will take charge of a Brentford game, having been a regular fixture over previous seasons.

Now in his 12th year as an EFL referee, James' first two Brentford games were both 1-1 draws at Griffin Park, against Lincoln City and Darlington, during Andy Scott's 2008/09 League Two winning season. 

Following a 3-1 victory at home to Bristol City in January 2014, we went six matches and nearly five years without a victory under the Isle of Wight official. That changed last season however with a 1-0 win at home to Bolton Wanderers in December and then May's 3-0 season-ending victory over Preston North End. 

In total, we have played 18 matches under Linington, winning five and drawing three. 

So far this campaign, James has shown 66 yellow cards and three reds in 24 outings 

Fulham 2019/20

428 fouls – 15th in Sky Bet Championship

63 yellow cards – 10th in Sky Bet Championship

3 red cards – 4th in Sky Bet Championship

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