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Simon Hooper to take charge at Vicarage Road on Saturday

The weekend's match officials have been confirmed

14 April 2022

After back-to-back wins in the Premier League, it's a trip to Vicarage Road and Watford up next for Thomas Frank's side. Victory over The Hornets would give us three consecutive top flight wins for the first time since September 1946. Ahead of our trip to WD18, the match officials have been confirmed. 

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Derek Eaton

Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury

VAR: Graham Scott 

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

Experienced Wiltshire referee, Simon Hooper, who tried to make it as a professional footballer in his youth, first took charge of games in the EFL back in 2008 and was appointed to the Select Group 1 of Premier League referees in the summer of 2018.

During that time he has taken charge of 23 Brentford games as both Hooper, and we, have worked our way up the divisions. Hooper's first game came in October 2008 away at Aldershot in League Two before seven Sky Bet League One assignments between 2009 and 2013 followed.

In the Sky Bet Championship, he was the man in charge for our unforgettable 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage in April 2015 and also refereed our 1-0 win at home to QPR in October of that same year. 

This will be his fourth assignment this season, the previous three coming at the Brentford Community Stadium. We've had one of everything so far with Hooper overseeing our 7-0 Carabao Cup win over Oldham Athletic, our 2-1 defeat to Leicester City, and February's 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.

This season, the 39-year-old has taken charge of 25 matches across league and cup, showing 94 yellow cards and one red. 

Watford 2021/22

375 fouls - 2nd most in Premier League 

52 yellow cards - 12th in Premier League 

2 red cards - 3rd in Premier League


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