We are almost at the end of 2018, but we haven’t seen Saturday’s match official since our opening game of the year.
After his promotion to the Premier League list in the summer, referee David Coote takes charge of his first PNE game of the season at Hillsborough this weekend.
The select group official, took charge of October 2017s clash with Brentford and the New Year’s Day game against Middlesbrough, his two North End games last season.
He was following two visits the previous season as well, including February’s 2-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers and also the first home game of the season when we took on Derby County in PR1.
Before that Rams clash, he last refereed the Lilywhites in their goalless draw at the New York Stadium against Rotherham United in 2015/16.
He was the referee of two PNE games the year before that as well. His first game of 2014/15 was the entertaining clash with Milton Keynes at Deepdale back in December 2014. He then took charge of the 2-2 draw at home to Gillingham in April of that year too.
In 2013/14 his two games in charge of North End were the 2-2 draw at home to Bradford City early on in the campaign and then at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park for our 2-1 win over the Super Whites in February 2014.
So far this season, he has taken charge of 12 games, including at Fulham, Leicester City and Everton, issuing 40 cautions and three red cards.
He will be assisted by Simon Long and Neil Davies on the line, which the fourth official will be experienced select group two official and familiar face Andy Madley.