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James Linington to take season finale at Bristol City

Match Officials confirmed for visit to Ashton Gate

6 May 2021

The regular season comes to an end on Saturday as we head down to Bristol City. It will be our final outing before heading into the Play-Offs while The Robins will be looking to put a difficult 2021 behind them as they prepare for another season in the second tier. The match officials for the game have now been confirmed.

Referee: James Linington

Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox and Steven Meredith

Fourth Official: Scott Tallis

Now at the end of his 13th year as an EFL referee, James Linington, who hails from the Isle of Wight, will be taking charge of his 22nd Brentford game on Saturday lunchtime. 

His 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 Linington, until a 1-0 win at home to Bolton Wanderers in December 2018. 

That began a run of three straight wins under the experienced official which included our 3-0 success at home to Preston North End on the final day of the 2018/19 season and last June's 2-0 derby win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

This campaign he has taken charge of two Bees games, November's 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough and December's visit to Watford which saw Ethan Pinnock sent off as both teams scored from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw. 

In total, we have won six and drawn five of Linington's games in charge. 

So far this campaign, he has shown 66 yellow cards and four red cards in 29 outings. 


504 fouls – 22nd in Sky Bet Championship

49 yellow cards – 22nd in Sky Bet Championship

2 red cards – 16th in Sky Bet Championship

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