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Fulham vs Ipswich Town

Championship Match Day 31 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 14th February 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire)
Referee Mark Haywood
Mark Haywood will referee Saturday's Championship fixture between Fulham and Ipswich at Craven Cottage.

Married with four daughters, Haywood began refereeing in 1993 in West Yorkshire. He decided to become a referee after being challenged by a work colleague who was already a match official and afterwards said: 'I took the course and learnt more in six weeks than I had seen in 28 years as a fan." His first game came in September 2006 when he refereed a League Two game between Notts County and Swindon.

Ref Haywood has never previously refereed a game involving Fulham. Haywood's last match in charge of Ipswich was in February 2014, when they were held to a goalless draw by Blackpool. Three away players were booked that day.

He has officiated 28 matches so far this season - issuing 85 yellow cards and three reds, 3.03 yellows and 0.04 reds per game. Last season he refed 35 games and issued 74 yellows and 5 reds, 2.11 yellows and 0.14 reds per game. So he has upped his yellow card rate quite a lot.


Fulham captain Scott Parker is poised to return to the starting line-up against Ipswich.

The former England midfielder started Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat at Bolton on the bench having only just recovered from illness.

Defender Tim Hoogland is finally over the hernia problem which has sidelined him since October, but manager Kit Symons does not want to rush him back too quickly.

Fellow full-back Fernando Amorebieta is also on the mend after a knee injury but the Ipswich clash is probably too soon for him as well.


Ipswich hope to have striker David McGoldrick available.

A thigh injury caused McGoldrick to sit out Tuesday's 2-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday which saw manager Mick McCarthy make five changes.

Freddie Sears, Teddy Bishop, Stephen Hunt, Darren Ambrose and Jonathan Parr all came into the side as Town halted a three-game winless streak.

Tyrone Mings was a half-time introduction for Hunt and could well return to the starting line-up while McCarthy has also confirmed Dylan Connolly, a recent signing from Shelbourne, will travel with the squad.


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