Howard Webb

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Howard Webb will take charge of Newcastle United's trip to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It is only the second time this season the Yorkshire-based official has been appointed to a Magpies match, having been the man in the middle of a 3-0 defeat at Swansea at the start of December.

On that night at the Liberty Stadium, Webb booked two players - Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara.

In total during the 2013/14 campaign, the whistler has overseen 27 games across the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and international fixtures, issuing 82 yellow cards, four reds and awarding three penalties.

Webb, aged 42, 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 Saturday at Stamford Bridge, he will be assisted by Darren Cann and Sian Massey, with Anthony Taylor the game's fourth official.