Referee confirmed for clash v Cardiff – and Leeds have history with him
The EFL has confirmed the referee for the much-anticipated Leeds United clash v Cardiff on Sunday.
Andy Woolmer will take charge of the game, with Daniel Leach and Andrew Fox as linesmen.
Woolmer is an experienced referee who was appointed to the ref’s list back in 2004 and has taken charge of 167 Championship games. He joined the Select Group 2 list in 2016.
The last Leeds game that he refereed was the EFL Cup game against Norwich in October 2016. We won that 3-2 on penalties after Chris Wood levelled late in extra time.
The last time Woolmer took charge of a Leeds game in the Championship was January 2015, when we drew 1-1- with Bolton.
Go back one more season and you’ll find the one blot on his copybook – and it’s an untimely one. He took charge of the Cardiff v Leeds game that we lost 3-1, although that’s the only defeat we’ve suffered under him in 10 games total.
He’s reffed 20 games in the Championship so far this season, dishing out 55 yellows and sending off three players.
Leeds go into the game on Sunday with a seven-point buffer back to Fulham in third but will be well aware of what happened in the last game against Cardiff.
Leeds blew a 3-0 lead, conceding two late goals despite Cardiff going down to 10 men at 3-2 down.
Leeds went into that game on a seven-game winning run but only won one of the next six after having the stuffing taken out of them.
We’re as sure as we can be that things are going to play out differently this time around.
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