Meet the referee: Boro v Chelsea

Last updated : 23 August 2006 By Reggie Holdsworth
Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
b. 14-7-1971

Mr Webb takes charge of his first Boro game this season, having refereed in five Boro games last season.

The first and least memorable was the home defeat by Sunderland, that was followed by the Carling Cup game against Crystal Palace and the home draw with Tottenham just before Christmas.

He finished by refereeing Boro against Bolton at the Riverside and at the Reebok, Boro wining 4-3 at home and getting a draw away.

Last season he refereed a total of 47 games, booking 117 and sending off 7 players. His figures include 19 bookings made in his five Boro games.

So far this season he has been in charge of two games, booking four players in both games and also controversially sending off Charltons Djimi Traore against West Ham on Saturday.

Mr Webb has progressed through the ranks of the 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 last years Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal, both at the Millennium Stadium. He also refereed the the FA Trophy final last season between Grays and Woking.