Date:Thursday March 4 2010
Stuart Attwell from Warwickshire returns to W12 to officiate Rangers clash with West Bromwich Albion
The young official broke the record to be the youngest referee to be promoted to the top flight, beating then 29 year old Mark Clattenberg to the title.
After one season refereeing in the Football League, the powers-that-be decided Mr Attwell was worthy of a call up to the Premier League, a decision that has come under much scrutiny in light of recent poor officiating displays.
A succession of errors have turned the young referee`s meteoric rise up the refereeing ladder into a laughing stock - as he continues to lose control of fixtures and dish cards out like confetti.
Indeed his most famed blunder is the infamous Ghost Goal of Vicarage Road. With Reading`s Noel Hunt desperately trying to salvage an attack he failed to keep the ball in play as the ball went inches over the line for a goal kick.
Linesman on that occasion, Nigel Bannister blamed an optical illusion for what he thought was a perfectly good goal and after consolation of Mr Attwell the pair decided a goal must be given. A frankly startling decision that was met with much criticism from players and managers alike.
So far this season in 21 games Mr Attwell has dished out 74 yellow cards and three reds, giving him a card average of 3.67 cards per game.
This weekend he will be assisted by Nick Kinseley (Essex) and Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire), with the fourth official being National Group referee Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).
Mr Attwell & Queens Park Rangers
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