Officials for the Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th March 2014 at Loftus Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).
We had him twice during the 2012-13 season in quick succession. The first saw him involved in the September 2012 away fixture against Preston North End - the League One encounter rather than the second FA Cup game. He was therefore the referee that dismissed Ed Upson on the day for two bookable offences, but in all honesty we couldn't complain about either. The Western Gazette said of his performance: "his decision-making favoured Yeovil and often left both sets of fans annoyed" - as we recall, he was booed off at half time by the home support though more as a general grumbling than any specific incident. Then he turned up for the November 2013 home fixture against Stevenage - a fairly dreadful 1-3 home defeat, and home fans took it out on him during the second half when he made a series of iffy decisions as the game deteriorated - the Gazette added "Mr Brown was incredibly inconsistent, but thankfully often kept his cards in his pocket."
We also had him for the February 2012 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. We lost the game 2-1 and to be honest we can't recall too much to complain about Mr Brown's performance on the night, although he did get a small grumble from assistant manager Terry Skiverton after the match where he felt that a number of the referee's decisions were a little too home-friendly.
Prior to that, he was at Prenton Park for the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.
Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.
The man himself describes his inspiration for getting into refereeing as being "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". He's now in his fourth season as a Football League referee, and so may be now reconsidering whether he has succeeded in getting less moaning in his ear on a Saturday afternoon.
Mr Brown will be assisted by Carl Fitch (Suffolk) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 3.
Link: September 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 2.
Link: February 2012 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.
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