Darren Drysdale will take charge of this weekend’s Sky Bet League 1 clash between MK Dons and Peterborough United at London Road.
Drysdale, an RAF sergeant when he is not refereeing, spent time as an assistant referee prior to becoming a Football League official in 2004. The 42-year-old was once on the UEFA list of assistant referees, one of only three from the UK at that time.
Nowadays, Drysdale operates as just a referee and the 2013/14 will be his 10th season doing so. Drysdale was once thrust into the public spotlight in 2007 after Bradford City’s Dean Windass received a five-match ban for swearing at him in the car park following a game against Brentford.
During his time as an official, the Lincolnshire-born man has taken charge of seven games involving the Dons, his most recent appointment coming last season in the 2-2 draw away at Shrewsbury Town.
In those seven fixtures, Drysdale has shown 22 yellow cards and three red cards, all of which have been brandished to opposition players for two bookable offences. The Dons haven’t lost the last six times Drysdale has been the referee.
So far this season, Drysdale has booked 19 players and sent off two in just the six matches. His most recent fixture, a 2-1 win for Watford over Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, saw him show four yellow cards, two to each team.
The full list of officials for Saturday is as follows:
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
Assistant referees: Keith Lawson (South Humberside) and Steve Meredith (Nottinghamshire)
Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire)Fourth official: