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Stuart Attwell to take charge as we visit Southampton

Match Officials confirmed for trip to St Mary's

10 January 2022

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn and Peter Kirkup

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR: Peter Bankes 

Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

Stuart Attwell made history on 23 August 2008 when he became the youngest referee of a Premier League game, taking charge of Blackburn Rovers vs Hull City aged just 25. That completed a remarkable rise for the Nuneaton-born official who had only taken charge of his first EFL game 12 months previously.

Over the course of the past decade, Attwell has taken charge of matches in the Premier League, EFL, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, as well as two Play-Off finals and the 2011 Under-19 European Championship final.

We have lost just four times in the 13 matches which Attwell has officiated, winning six in a row between September 2012 and November 2017. That run saw League One wins over Colchester United and Swindon Town during the 2012/13 campaign, victory at Rotherham United in August 2014, a pair of wins over Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City during the 2015/16 season, and November 2017's 3-1 success at home to Leeds United. 

We then suffered a pair of defeats on the road, at Millwall in April 2018 and Swansea City in the FA Cup Fifth Round the following February. Our previous two outings under Attwell have both been classics. The 39-year-old was in charge as we fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Millwall in October 2019 before sharing six goals with Liverpool at the Brentford Community Stadium in September.  

So far this season, the Warwickshire FA official has shown 54 yellow cards and one red in 15 matches. That red went to Arsenal's Gabriel as The Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on New Year's Day. 

Southampton 21/22

229 fouls - Second-most in Premier League

37 yellow cards - 6th in Premier League

2 red cards - Joint-most in Premier League

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