By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Andre Marriner will referee Newcastle United's Premier League fixture at Reading on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The West Midlands-based official is no stranger to Magpies' matches, having overseen four last season - home victories over Everton and Stoke City, and away defeats at Tottenham and Everton again.
So far this term, Marriner has taken charge of seven games, issuing 13 yellow cards and sending off two players.
The 41-year-old began refereeing in 1992 when he was asked to stand-in for an official who did not turn up at a local league match, and he progressed through the ranks to become a Football League referee 11 years later.
Marriner's first Premier League appointment came in November 2004 with a 4-0 victory for Charlton Athletic over Norwich City, and he took charge of the 2010 Championship play-off final between Blackpool and Cardiff City at Wembley.
On Saturday at the Madejski Stadium, Marriner will be assisted by Stephen Child and Matthew Wilkes, with Gavin Ward the game's fourth official.
You can keep up-to-date with the Magpies' fortunes this weekend, right here on nufc.co.uk