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It's Mason In The Middle Against The Baggies

Newcastle United FC

Lee Mason will take charge of United's Barclays Premier League home fixture against West Brom on Saturday


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Lee Mason will take charge of Newcastle United's Barclays Premier League home fixture against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It is the third time this season the 44-year-old has been appointed to a match involving the Magpies, having been the man in the middle of November's single-goal victory at Bournemouth and a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Everton on Boxing Day.

On that afternoon against the Toffees, Mason booked four players including United Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat.

In total during the 2015/16 campaign, the Lancashire-based official has taken charge of 21 games across the Premier League, Championship, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, issuing 60 yellow cards and two reds, and awarding four penalties.

Mason began refereeing in 1988, and after working his way up through the leagues, took charge of his first of his first Football League match in August 2002 - a Division Three fixture between Shrewsbury and Exeter.

He was appointed to the Premier League in 2006, and his top flight bow came in February of that year when Middlesbrough suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

Mason's greatest honour to date came in May 2014 when he officiated the Championship play-off final, which saw Queens Park Rangers defeat Derby County at Wembley.

On Saturday at St. James' Park, Mason will be assisted Andy Halliday and Harry Lennard, with Paul Tierney the game's fourth official.