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Ref Watch: Queens Park Rangers

31 July 2018

Taking charge of our first Championship game of the new 2018/19 season will be match official Darren England.

Last season, his first on the Select Group Two list, saw Darren take charge of three North End games, our draw at Middlesbrough in August, the 2-2 clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage and the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in February, so this is his first visit to Deepdale.

Last season he was the referee for just one Queens Park Rangers game, their final match of the season in May, when they lost 2-0 away at Leeds United.

In total in 2017/18 he officiated in 39 games, issuing 149 cautions and just two red cards, his last game being the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley between Coventry City and Exeter City.

This weekend – like at Aston Villa last season - he will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and James Mainwaring, whilst the fourth official will be Tom Nield.


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