Tomorrow night's League One match between Yeovil Town and Northampton Town will be looked after by referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is yet another league referee who has been promoted to the Football League's referees list this season and is making his 'debut' at Huish Park as the man in the middle. Prior to that we've only ever seen him as a linesman and as a fourth official.
He has so far done 22 games this season, according to soccerbase.com, dishing out a relatively average 51 yellow cards and 2 red cards. His last match was the 0-0 draw between Shrewsbury Town and Morecambe on March 21st, where four yellows were produced, whilst both reds came in the same match just before Christmas when Gillingham met Brentford.
He is a bit of a whippersnapper at just 28 years old, and started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level, it would appear that he is an official that the authorities are looking to fast-track through the system.
Mr Langford will be assisted by Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Mark Philpott (Cornwall).
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