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John Brooks handed tomorrow's visit from Stoke City

Match Officials confirmed for game against The Potters

26 February 2021

Following our midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City are the visitors to TW8 tomorrow in the Sky Bet Championship. The Potters head into the weekend on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley on Wednesday night. John Brooks has been selected to take charge of the match, find out more about the officials below.

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

Tomorrow's game is only available on iFollow Brentford. 

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