Neil Swarbrick
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Neil Swarbrick will take charge of Newcastle United's trip to Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Monday (8pm kick-off).

It is the fourth time the Lancashire-based official has refereed a Magpies' match this season, having been the man in the middle of October's Capital One Cup fourth round extra-time defeat against Manchester City, a 3-0 victory away at Crystal Palace in December, and a 4-0 home reversal by Tottenham Hotspur in February.

On that disappointing night at St. James' Park against Spurs, Swarbrick didn't issue a single yellow or red card.

In total during the 2013/14 campaign, he has overseen 31 games across the Premier League, Championship, League One, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, issuing 105 yellow cards, one red card and awarding three penalties.

The 43-year-old whistler only took up refereeing at the age of 29, but within six years was promoted to the national list of assistant referees, and four years later was added to the referees list.

Swarbrick's first Premier League appointment came in December 2010, when he was the man in the middle of a goalless draw between Fulham and Sunderland.

On Monday night at the Emirates Stadium, Swarbrick will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with Craig Pawson the game's fourth official.