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Allison gets first QPR game - Referee
Sunday, 31st Mar 2024 07:18 by Clive Whittingham

Fast tracked Premier League referee Sam Allison will take charge of a QPR game for the first time on Easter Monday as the R's head to Swansea.

Referee >>> Sam Allison (Trowbridge)

Assistants >>> Andrew Fox (Warwickshire) and Jacob Lehane (Rutland)

Fourth Official >>> Andy Davies (Hampshire)


First ever QPR appointment.


Allison is a fire fighter and former footballer with Swindon, Bristol City and Exeter who became just the second ever black referee in the top flight, following Uriah Rennie, when he joined the list last season. Further reading here and here.

Allison joined the League One and Two list in 2020/21 starting off with 102 yellows and one red in 35 games, followed by 126 and seven in 31 games the year after. His first Championship games came in 2022/23 when he finished up with 119 yellows and four reds in 35 games and he’s part of a select group of younger officials being fast tracked through to try and freshen up the Premier League list with Luton’s 3-2 win at Sheff Utd and 4-3 loss at Bournemouth his first two games at that level. So far this season he’s on 102 yellows and one red in 27 games.

Swansea lost 3-1 at Leeds and 1-0 at home to Plymouth in their two games with him so far this term. The Swans are 1-0-2 from three, while QPR are yet to have this official.

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francisbowles added 10:15 - Mar 31
The shadow of Andy Davies appears as fourth official. Scary.

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