Meet the referee: Boro v Coventry

Last updated : 07 February 2006 By Reggie Holdsworth
Martin Atkinson (W. Yorkshire)
b. 31/3/1971

Mr Atkinson takes charge of his third Boro game this season, the first being Boro's visit to White Hart Lane early in the season when Tottenham won 2-0 and the second being the 0-0 draw with Manchester City on New Years Eve.

At 34-years-old he is one of the youngest referees around and had only refereed 4 Premier League games before this season, This season he has officiated in 26 games in all divisions and cups, producing the yellow card 58 times and the red card just twice. In total last season he refereed 38 matches, booking 87 players and sending off 3.

He refereed the FA County Cup Final in 2003 and was promoted to the national list of referees at the start of the 2003/04 season. He refereed the League Two Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium last season.

He will be assisted by AN Butler and CA Barker, the fourth official is Anthony Leake (Lancashire)