Martin Atkinson will referee the Championship final between Watford and Crystal Palace at Wembley

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Martin Atkinson has been chosen to referee Watford's promotion-deciding play-off final against Crystal Palace, the Football League has announced.

Atkinson will be joined at Wembley by Assistant Referees Stuart Burt and Peter Kirkup while Neil Swarbrick will be the Fourth Official.

The 41-year-old has refereed 23 matches this season, handing out 86 yellow cards and one red.

Atkinson has been a FIFA-listed official since 2006 and is one of three Select Group referees who is an Elite FIFA referee.

He has refereed Champions League matches as well as at Euro 2012, where he teamed up with fellow Select Group referee Howard Webb.

 

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12:06pm Thu 16 May 13

llloydwithathirdl says...

Dare I say, decent ref.

Happy with this appointment. We've been so unlucky with referees this season.
Dare I say, decent ref. Happy with this appointment. We've been so unlucky with referees this season. llloydwithathirdl
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12:15pm Thu 16 May 13

McHornet says...

i still imagine he's had the brief from Holloway, Martin Samuel, Paul Ince and the whole town of Huddersfield that you must not give any decisions to Watford because they're a group of Italian mercenaries who go down easy and are singlehandedly ruining the English game!
i still imagine he's had the brief from Holloway, Martin Samuel, Paul Ince and the whole town of Huddersfield that you must not give any decisions to Watford because they're a group of Italian mercenaries who go down easy and are singlehandedly ruining the English game! McHornet
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12:50pm Thu 16 May 13

Bringe says...

Yet another Yorkshire referee!! ... Well at least we're not playing Hull but I am starting to find it beyond coincidence, ever since our assault on the promotion places we have repeatedly had them allocated to our matches and most have made very contentious decisions not in our favour. At least he is Fifa listed so should be able to spot that our quick footed forwards are regularly being fouled and not diving as most opposition fans like to imagine.
Yet another Yorkshire referee!! ... Well at least we're not playing Hull but I am starting to find it beyond coincidence, ever since our assault on the promotion places we have repeatedly had them allocated to our matches and most have made very contentious decisions not in our favour. At least he is Fifa listed so should be able to spot that our quick footed forwards are regularly being fouled and not diving as most opposition fans like to imagine. Bringe
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1:19pm Thu 16 May 13

Hayes Hornet says...

So happy now got my tickets after yesterdays hassle, dont care who the ref is they are all S++T.
For those interested Yeovil who have the same end as us have been designated the following pubs,-
East - Yeovil
The Torch, 1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Moore Spice, Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH
Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW
Blue Check Café, 12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
Alisan Bar, The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG
Crystal Club (Silverspoon), South Way, Wembley
The Parish, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP
First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
The Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
Cheers Bar, 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS
So happy now got my tickets after yesterdays hassle, dont care who the ref is they are all S++T. For those interested Yeovil who have the same end as us have been designated the following pubs,- East - Yeovil The Torch, 1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Moore Spice, Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW Blue Check Café, 12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ Alisan Bar, The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG Crystal Club (Silverspoon), South Way, Wembley The Parish, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG The Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG Cheers Bar, 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS Hayes Hornet
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1:58pm Thu 16 May 13

Keith Eddy says...

Hayes Hornet wrote:
So happy now got my tickets after yesterdays hassle, dont care who the ref is they are all S++T.
For those interested Yeovil who have the same end as us have been designated the following pubs,-
East - Yeovil
The Torch, 1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Moore Spice, Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH
Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW
Blue Check Café, 12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
Alisan Bar, The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG
Crystal Club (Silverspoon), South Way, Wembley
The Parish, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP
First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
The Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
Cheers Bar, 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS
Hayes Hornet

Keep on meaning to ask every time I see your comments. If your name means you live in Hayes Middlesex we aren't far from each other. Might be useful for away games etc to meet up sometime.

U 'Orns
[quote][p][bold]Hayes Hornet[/bold] wrote: So happy now got my tickets after yesterdays hassle, dont care who the ref is they are all S++T. For those interested Yeovil who have the same end as us have been designated the following pubs,- East - Yeovil The Torch, 1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Moore Spice, Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW Blue Check Café, 12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ Alisan Bar, The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG Crystal Club (Silverspoon), South Way, Wembley The Parish, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG The Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG Cheers Bar, 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS[/p][/quote]Hayes Hornet Keep on meaning to ask every time I see your comments. If your name means you live in Hayes Middlesex we aren't far from each other. Might be useful for away games etc to meet up sometime. U 'Orns Keith Eddy
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3:19pm Thu 16 May 13

abbotshornet says...

Thanks for the very useful list of pubs, more research is obviously required.
Very experienced ref, that's a relief! he must be better that the poor lot we have had up till now.
Come on you golden boy's
Thanks for the very useful list of pubs, more research is obviously required. Very experienced ref, that's a relief! he must be better that the poor lot we have had up till now. Come on you golden boy's abbotshornet
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3:53pm Thu 16 May 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Low sending off ratio for this ref.
Low sending off ratio for this ref. gloryhornet4
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4:11pm Thu 16 May 13

Hornet Cornet says...

I'm starting to get really quite wobbly thinking about this match now

HC
I'm starting to get really quite wobbly thinking about this match now HC Hornet Cornet
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4:28pm Thu 16 May 13

yeoldb says...

Should have been Attwell
Should have been Attwell yeoldb
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4:36pm Thu 16 May 13

sueinspain says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Low sending off ratio for this ref.
Might have a low sending off rate, but he is averaging almost four yellows a match!! still, lets hope he is as good as we have been told!!
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Low sending off ratio for this ref.[/p][/quote]Might have a low sending off rate, but he is averaging almost four yellows a match!! still, lets hope he is as good as we have been told!! sueinspain
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5:55pm Thu 16 May 13

cannons tours says...

I just hope at last we get a decent ref the standard in the last few months has been appauling it seems to me that refs have something against us only giving us free kicks around the half way line i would love to know if any ref has contaced JF this season to apologise for decisions he made against us.
COYH
I just hope at last we get a decent ref the standard in the last few months has been appauling it seems to me that refs have something against us only giving us free kicks around the half way line i would love to know if any ref has contaced JF this season to apologise for decisions he made against us. COYH cannons tours
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6:38pm Thu 16 May 13

Hayes Hornet says...

Keith Eddy wrote:
Hayes Hornet wrote:
So happy now got my tickets after yesterdays hassle, dont care who the ref is they are all S++T.
For those interested Yeovil who have the same end as us have been designated the following pubs,-
East - Yeovil
The Torch, 1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Moore Spice, Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH
Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW
Blue Check Café, 12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
Alisan Bar, The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG
Crystal Club (Silverspoon), South Way, Wembley
The Parish, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP
First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
The Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
Cheers Bar, 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS
Hayes Hornet

Keep on meaning to ask every time I see your comments. If your name means you live in Hayes Middlesex we aren't far from each other. Might be useful for away games etc to meet up sometime.

U 'Orns
Yep live in Middlesex, though travel to all away games via the train. U HORNS
[quote][p][bold]Keith Eddy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hayes Hornet[/bold] wrote: So happy now got my tickets after yesterdays hassle, dont care who the ref is they are all S++T. For those interested Yeovil who have the same end as us have been designated the following pubs,- East - Yeovil The Torch, 1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Moore Spice, Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW Blue Check Café, 12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ Alisan Bar, The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG Crystal Club (Silverspoon), South Way, Wembley The Parish, 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG The Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG Cheers Bar, 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS[/p][/quote]Hayes Hornet Keep on meaning to ask every time I see your comments. If your name means you live in Hayes Middlesex we aren't far from each other. Might be useful for away games etc to meet up sometime. U 'Orns[/p][/quote]Yep live in Middlesex, though travel to all away games via the train. U HORNS Hayes Hornet
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6:57pm Thu 16 May 13

shrodells67 says...

Curious that the ref from our first leg semi is now the fourth official for the final!
Curious that the ref from our first leg semi is now the fourth official for the final! shrodells67
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9:06pm Thu 16 May 13

HornetJJ says...

shrodells67 wrote:
Curious that the ref from our first leg semi is now the fourth official for the final!
and he was diabolical!
[quote][p][bold]shrodells67[/bold] wrote: Curious that the ref from our first leg semi is now the fourth official for the final![/p][/quote]and he was diabolical! HornetJJ
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10:07pm Thu 16 May 13

Paul Gadd says...

Can anyone remember when we got our last penalty?

I'm having memories of the great legend that is Luther- the way he would turn his back, hands on hip....then run up and smash it into the net!
Can anyone remember when we got our last penalty? I'm having memories of the great legend that is Luther- the way he would turn his back, hands on hip....then run up and smash it into the net! Paul Gadd
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12:57pm Fri 17 May 13

wfcbhoy says...

If we get the same pubs as Yeovil, how many Hornets' supporters are going to choose the Crystal Club I wonder?
If we get the same pubs as Yeovil, how many Hornets' supporters are going to choose the Crystal Club I wonder? wfcbhoy
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1:36pm Fri 17 May 13

Harry's Bar says...

They'll all be dive joints. Best to meet in pubs locally then get the train up.
They'll all be dive joints. Best to meet in pubs locally then get the train up. Harry's Bar
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3:43pm Fri 17 May 13

abbotshornet says...

JJ Moon's is on route from Wembley Central to the stadium, it does not appear on this list, I intend to go there before (and after to celebrate) the game.
Does anyone think I will not be allowed in?
JJ Moon's is on route from Wembley Central to the stadium, it does not appear on this list, I intend to go there before (and after to celebrate) the game. Does anyone think I will not be allowed in? abbotshornet
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