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Ref Josh Smith to boss Nottingham Forest game

last updated Tuesday 26th April 2022, 4:53 PM

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Fulham v Nottingham Forest

Championship Match Day 44 21/22 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 26th April 2022    KO: 19:45

Referee: Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

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Referee: Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

Referee Josh Smith
Josh Smith
Josh Smith started refereeing on the Peterborough and District Junior Alliance League aged 14 in 2006 following in the footsteps of both his dad and grandfather who had refereed football and rugby league respectively.

In 2015, Smith was promoted to the EFL Assistant Referee list completing three years on the list before opting to specialise as a referee. He then received successive promotions from the National League onto the EFL referees list and then to the Select Group 2 List of Referees ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Josh Smith has only refed two Fulham game before Tuesday's visit of Nottingham Forest and the most recent was Barnsley in November 2021 when we won 4-1. Mr Smith kept his cards in his pocket for the whole match. Fulham's goals were scored by Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fabio Carvalho, Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson.

The only other Fulham games Mr Smith refed was when we beat Swansea City 3-1 .at The Cottage at the end of September 2021. He yellow carded one player, Ben Cabango of Swansea City. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored all three goals, all in the first half.

Mr Smith last refed Nottingham Forest in early March 2022 when they drew 1-1 away at Sheffield United. He booked four United players and one Forest player.

Last season he refed 19 games and dished out 54 yellows and 2 reds, so a below average 2.8 yellows per game. So far this season he has refed 36 games and dished out 140 yellows and 5 reds, an average of 3.9 yellows per game.

His busiest game in recent times was the Championship game between Blackburn and Nottingham Forest when he yellow carded four Blackburn players and three Forest players. He rounded off with a second yellow for a Blackburn player in the 53rd minute.

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