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Tom Bramall will referee our game tonight at Watford and it will be a first ever Burnley game for the newly promoted Select Group official.

He’s the only new recruit in the Premier League which has seen the retirement of Martin Atkinson, Mike Dean, Kevin Friend and Jon Moss since the end of last season, but it’s likely that he will referee a number of Championship games before landing his first game in the top division.

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His progress has been startling. Initially an assistant referee in the Football League, he opted to move into the middle six years ago and won a place refereeing in the National League. Two seasons on and he was in the Football League; his first game came at Cheltenham on 1st August 2018, a game the home side lost 1-0 against Crawley.

His refereeing career looked as though it maybe over when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but he returned to referee five games in the 2019/20 season between February and March. In March of the following year, 2021, he was allocated his first Championship game between Preston and Luton, and he was promoted to Select Group 2 in the summer of that year.

He was used predominantly in the Championship last season and after just one season has been promoted again to the top Select Group which will be a big change for the South Yorkshireman who has worked as a schoolteacher.

Last season he clocked up 105 yellow and six red cards in 33 games. Half of those reds came in one game between West Brom and Cardiff with West Brom’s Alex Mowatt and Sam Johnstone being sent off as was Cardiff’s Aden Flint.

No red cards this season; his last was Accrington’s Rosane Longelo in a 3-1 defeat at Bolton last April, but he’s kicked off this season with six yellow cards in two games, with three each going to home and away team players. There was one each for Blackburn and QPR in their opening league game but in the League Cup this Tuesday, he yellowed both Edward McGinty and Marcus Browne of Oxford along with Swansea pair Matty Sorinola and Liam Cullen in a tie Oxford won on penalties.

Fourth official tonight is Leigh Doughty from Blackpool, another not to have refereed a Burnley game.

Match Officials

Referee: Tom Bramall
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis & Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth Official: Leigh Doughty

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