Meet the referee: Bolton v Boro

Last updated : 03 May 2006 By Reggie Holdsworth
Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
b. 14-7-1971

Mr Webb takes charge of his fifth Boro game this season, the first four all being at the Riverside, including the home defeat by Sunderland and the reverse of tonights fixture, which Boro won 4-3 in March.

In his four games at the Riverside he booked a total of 17 players. In total this season he has booked 109 players and sent off six, in 44 games.

Last season he was in charge of four Boro games, when he booked ten players, while over the whole season he refereed 34 games, booking 100 players and sending off just two.

Mr Webb has progressed through the ranks of assistant referees and was appointed to the national list of referees in 2000, he was then promoted to the Premier League list in 2003.

He refereed the League 1 Play-off Final between Cardiff and QPR in 2003 and he was in charge of this years Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal, both at the Millennium Stadium.