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Ref Josh Smith to boss Sheffield United game

last updated Thursday 05th May 2022, 9:55 AM

Fulham Football Club

Match Referee News

Sheffield United v Fulham

Championship Match Day 46 21/22 at Bramall Lane

Saturday 7th May 2022    KO: 12:30

Referee: Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

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 games before this weekend the last of which was Fulham's 4-1 home win against Barnsley in the Championship. Mr Smith kept his cards in his pocket and Fulham's goal scorers were Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fabio Carvalho, Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson.

His first Fulham game 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 Sheffield United in their 1-1 home draw with Nottingham Forest in March 2022 when he yellow carded five players, four from United's squad.

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 Nottingham Forest when he yellow carded four Blackburn players and three Forest players, he also gave a Blackburn player a second yellow in the 58th minute.

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