It was an unforgettable opening night against Arsenal and now we face the return fixture at The Emirates on Saturday. Ahead of our trip to N7, the match officials have been confirmed.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry and Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper
Video Assistant Referee: Lee Mason
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Robathan
A keen footballer in his youth, Jon Moss will take charge of his fourth Brentford game of the season on Saturday.
Moss' previous three Bees assignments this term have all ended in defeats on the road, at Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool, bringing our tally under the 51-year-old to six wins and three draws from 14 games.
Having turned down a football scholarship to the Central Connecticut State University in America, Moss earned his first refereeing qualifications in the late 1980s as part of his A-Levels. However, the West Riding FA Official didn't take up refereeing fully until he stopped playing more than a decade later. Once he took up the whistle it was a quick rise, with Moss on the National List of Assistant Referees just three years later.
After taking charge of the 2005 Conference Play-Off final he was promoted to the National List of referees for the following season. Moss has been a top flight referee since 2011 and officiated the 2015 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa as well as the 2019 EFL Cup Final and Community Shield.
Moss's first Brentford assignment came in 2005 as we won 1-0 at Rochdale in the FA Cup First Round. During his first Bees league assignment he sent Clark Masters off in a 2-2 draw at home to Gillingham.
Most notably, perhaps, he was the man in charge of our 2-2 FA Cup Fourth Round draw against Chelsea in January 2013, awarding us a second-half penalty for a foul on Tom Adeyemi.
In May 2015 he officiated the First Leg of our Play-Off semi-final against Middlesbrough. The five years following that 1-0 defeat brought just a 2-0 win over Birmingham City and a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa before he returned to Brentford action last October in the Carabao Cup, taking charge of the 3-0 derby victory over Fulham that sent us into our first ever major cup Quarter-Final.
So far this campaign, the 51-year-old has shown 49 yellow cards and four reds in 21 matches. Of the 22 referees to officiate in the top flight this season, Moss averages the fourth fewest fouls per game (18.50) and the third-fewest yellow cards per game (2.13) while also averaging the joint-most red cards per game (0.25).
203 fouls - Second-fewest in Premier League
33 yellow cards - 16th in Premier League
3 red cards - Most in Premier League