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Andrew Madley replaces Chris Kavanagh as tomorrow's Referee

Changes made to the West London derby officials

1 April 2022

There's been a change to our West London derby officials with Andrew Madley now set to be the referee at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. 

Referee: Andrew Madley (replacing Chris Kavanagh)

Assistant Referees: Dan Cook and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer (replacing Andrew Madley)

Video Assistant Referee: David Coote

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Lee Betts

Andrew Madley, the older brother of former Select Group Referee Bobby, began his refereeing career on the local Wakefield leagues. He quickly advanced through the levels to become a Football League assistant in 2008. Three years later he progressed to the National List, officiating in the three Football League divisions.

It wasn't until 2014 that the Yorkshire official took charge of a Brentford game, that coming on New Year's Day, as he awarded us two penalties in a 3-1 win at Peterborough United. Just over a year later he was in charge as we won 2-0 against Reading to set up a final day Play-Off shoot-out against Wigan Athletic.

Since then he taken charge of further wins over Burton Albion in March 2017, a game which saw us come from 3-1 down to win 5-3, QPR in April 2018, and Southend United in August 2018. He was also the official for our 3-3 draw away at Barnet in that season's Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round. 

Madley was scheduled to take charge of our Boxing Day game at Brighton and Hove Albion but was replaced late on by Darren England.

In total, we have won five and lost six of Madley's 12 previous matches. 

So far this season, the 38-year-old has shown 54 yellow cards and two reds in 22 matches. Despite awarding the third most free-kicks per game of any top flight referee this season (24.33), Madley averages the fourth-lowest number of Premier League yellow cards per game (2.42).

Chelsea 2021/22

303 fouls – 8th in Premier League 

48 yellow cards – 13th in Premier League 

1 red card – 12th in Premier League

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