Third meets fifth in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday as we head down to the South Coast to take on AFC Bournemouth. Both sides need the three points to keep any hopes of catching second-placed Watford alive and the match officials for this crunch game have now been confirmed.
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant Referees: Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: David Rock
Saturday's game will be John Brooks' tenth in charge of The Bees, and fourth this campaign.
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 first two assignments were a 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over Southampton and February's 1-1 draw at Swansea City, which saw Kyle Naughton dismissed. Most recently he took charge of February's 2-1 home win over Stoke City at the Brentford Community Stadium.
In 28 games this season Brooks has shown 93 yellow cards and four reds.
AFC Bournemouth 2020/21
512 fouls - 18th in Sky Bet Championship
61 yellow cards - 14th in Sky Bet Championship
3 red cards - 9th in Sky Bet Championship
Saturday's game is exclusively live on Sky Sports.
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