James Linington from the Isle of Wight will be the man in the middle as Queens Park Rangers host Nottingham Forest
Competition: Football League Championship
Teams: Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest
Date: Saturday 29th April 2017
Assistant: Daniel Robathan (Bedfordshire)
Assistant: Rob Merchant (Staffordshire)
Fourth Official: Robert Whitton (Essex)
Select List 2 official James Linington takes charge of the fixture between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest, one that could prove pivotal for both teams.
Mr Linington has overseen a couple of Rangers game already this season – the victory over Cardiff City away from home where QPR briefly went top of the Championship, oh how we laughed. The other was a slender win over Wigan Athletic.
He will be assisted by Daniel Robathan (Bedfordshire) and Rob Merchant (Staffordshire) with Robert Whitton (Essex) the afternoon’s fourth official.
Mr Robathan assisted in a win over Norwich City (2-1) and home defeats to Derby County (0-1), Burton Albion (1-2) and Brighton & Hove Albion (1-2). This is however Mr Merchant’s first game as an assistant in a QPR fixture this season, Mr Whitton likewise. Although the latter has his own piece of fame, blowing up for full time at the same time as Whitehawk scored an FA Cup First Round wonder-goal.
Mr Linington has handed out 140 yellow cards in 33 games gives him an inflated average of 4.24 cards per game – Accompany that with four red cards and this is an official that has eyes on the top.
QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest – 22.08.2009
Goals: Mikele Leigertwood 25; David McGoldrick 57
QPR 4-0 Barnsley – 07.08.2010
Goals: Heidar Helguson 41pen, Jamie Mackie 53, Adel Taarabt 63pen, Fitz Hall 81
Yellow: Bradley Orr; Jay McEvely, Stephen Foster
QPR 2-1 Watford – 21.04.2014
Goals: Joey Barton 76, Charlie Austin 89; Mathias Ranegie 51
Yellow: Charlie Austin; Albert Riera, Almen Abdi, Mathias Ranegie
QPR 1-2 Carlisle United – 25.08.2015
Goals: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 40; Derek Asamoah 37, Jason Kennedy 79
Yellow: Michael Doughty; Anthony Sweeney
Cardiff City 0-2 QPR – 14.08.2016
Goals: Steven Caulker 76, Tjaronn Chery 85pen
Yellow: Joe Ralls; Nedum Onuoha, Tjaronn Chery, Karl Henry, Massimo Luongo
QPR 2-1 Wigan Athletic – 21.02.2017
Goals: Matt Smith 4, Conor Washington 60; Omar Bogle 17pen
Yellow: Joel Lynch, Idrissa Sylla; Jake Buxton, Max Power, Jamie Hanson, Will Grigg, Omar Bogle.