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Fulham welcome Birmingham ~ Ch. Team News MD16

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Fulham vrs Birmingham

Championship Match Day 16 1516 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 7th November 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire)

Referee Iain Williamson (Berkshire)

Referee Darren Drysdale
Referee Iain Williamson, aged 46, qualified as a referee in 1991 and after progressing through the Ryman League was promoted to the National List of referees midway through the 02/03 season. He made his debut on 28th Dec in the Div 3 match between Rushden v Oxford.

Mr Williamson has not had the pleasure of reffing a Fulham game before

The last Birmingham game Mr Williamson refereed was the Championship 2-2 draw away at Derby in March 2015 in which he yellow carded five players. He also reffed Birmingham away at Bolton in May 2014 which also ended as a 2-2 draw.

Last season Ref Williamson bossed 17 games issuing 54 yellows, an average of 3.2 per game and two reds.


Fulham Manager Kit Symons
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Andy Lonergan, Ryan Fredericks and Jazz Richards are amongst the players Fulham manager Kit Symons will have to do without against Birmingham.

On-loan Joe Lewis will again deputise in goal on Saturday, with Marcus Bettinelli a long-term absentee due to knee ligament damage and Lonergan facing a month out with a hamstring injury.

Fredericks is unlikely to be risked after coming off in Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Burnley with a hamstring complaint, while fellow full-back Richards remains absent with a calf injury.

Former England midfielder Scott Parker, who is building up his fitness following ankle problems, could return to the squad, but Jack Grimmer (ankle) and Sakari Mattila (illness) are out.


Birmingham manager Steve Clarke
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Birmingham boss Gary Rowett could be without Paul Robinson and David Cotterill at Craven Cottage.

Defender Robinson (dead leg) and winger Cotterill (knee) are doubts with Blues aiming to cling onto their play-off place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Maikel Kieftenbeld has a groin injury and is also a doubt with Blues coming off the back of three winless games.

Rowett's team have also failed to score in the last 340 minutes, since beating Bolton 1-0 last month.

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