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Ref Watch: Wolves

11 December 2013

Darren Sheldrake will take charge of this weekend’s Sky Bet League 1 clash between Wolves and MK Dons at Molineux Stadium.

Sheldrake, 30, has been refereeing since 2009 having spent two seasons working in the Conference. 

The Surrey-based official has overseen four MK Dons matches in the past, brandishing a total of nine yellow cards and one red card. The solitary sending off came in the Dons’ 3-0 victory over Notts County in October 2011, with Magpies defender Julian Kelly dismissed for a deliberate handball after just four minutes.

Despite showing nine yellow cards, only two of those have been awarded to Dons players. The men from MK1 have also never lost a game in which Sheldrake has been the referee.

So far this season, Sheldrake – a part-time teacher at a secondary school in Middlesex – has refereed 16 matches including four League 1 battles. Sheldrake has shown a whopping 69 yellow cards since the start of this campaign but only sent off four players. Sheldrake has shown an average of four yellow cards per game in 2013/14.

Sheldrake’s last match appointment was last Friday, when he oversaw Port Vale’s 4-1 win over Salisbury in The FA Cup with Budweiser. Sheldrake was forced to produce three yellow cards that evening.

The full list of officials for Saturday is as follows:
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey)
Assistant Referees: Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire) and Geoffrey Russell (Northamptonshire)
Steven Plane (Worcestershire)Fourth Official:

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