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Ref Watch: Swansea City

7 August 2018

Our first away game of the 2018/19 season sees the Lilywhites take a trip across the border to take on Swansea City.

And the man in charge of the game was also the match referee the last time we visited South Wales; our December victory against Cardiff City, when Tom Clarke scored a late winner.

That man is Isle of Wight official James Linington. He took charge of three PNE games last season, all away from home, with the games being the 2-1 win at Hull City back in September, the aforementioned game at the Cardiff City Stadium and the 1-0 win at Sheffield United in our final away game of last season.

Overall last season he refereed 40 games, issuing 140 cautions and five red cards. He last Swans game was back in September 2015, when he was the man with the whistle for their 1-0 League Cup defeat at Hull City.

Two seasons ago, the referee made his first visit ever to Deepdale for the clash with Wolves back in November and was then the referee in the away game at Derby County back in March.

The season before he was referee of the PNE game at Ashton Gate, when Greg Cunningham scored the winner against his former club and that was his third game in charge of PNE.

The other time he refereed North End was another game in the south of England, when the Lilywhites won 1-0 at Gillingham in the League One promotion season, courtesy of Paul Huntington’s goal in his first start of the season.

James will be assisted by Adam Matthews and Mark Pottage, with Kevin Johnson acting as the fourth official.

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