Howard Webb

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Howard Webb will take charge of Newcastle United's Premier League fixture away at Stoke City on Wednesday night (7.45pm kick-off).

It is the second time this season the the Yorkshire-based official has been appointed to a Magpies match, having overseen the 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United in October.

On that afternoon, Webb booked eight players, including James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Gael Bigirimana and Jonas Gutierrez.

In total this term, the whistler has overseen 14 games across the Premier League, Champions League and World Cup qualifiers, issuing 54 yellow cards and four reds.

Webb, aged 41, began officiating in his local Rotherham leagues in 1989 and worked his way up the football pyramid before being added to the National List of Football League Referees in 2000.

He stepped up to the Select Group for the Premier League three years later, with his first match being a goalless draw between Fulham and Wolves in October 2003.

Webb is widely recognised as one of the best referees in the business and took charge of both the 2010 Champions League final and the 2010 World Cup final.

On Wednesday at the Britannia Stadium, he will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey and Darren Cann, with Chris Foy the game's fourth official.