By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Andre Marriner will referee Newcastle United's home Premier League fixture against Reading on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
It is the third time this season the West Midlands-based official has overseen a Magpies' matches, having been the man in the middle of the 2-2 draw at Reading in September, followed by a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester City before Christmas.
In total this term, Marriner has taken charge of 20 games across the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Championship, issuing 64 yellow cards and sending off two players.
The 42-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 St. James' Park, Marriner will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey and Peter Bankes, with Mark Halsey the game's fourth official.