The Man in the Middle – Sunderland


The referee for this weekend’s clash with Sunderland has been announced as the experienced Charles Breakspear.

He will be assisted by Wayne Grunnil and Stephen Brown, and he is no stranger to Sincil Bank, nor to the Football League, having been on the list since 2014/15 after one season in the BSP.

Wayne Grunnill and Stephen Brown
Fourth Official – Declan Bourne

Breakspear took charge of two of our matches during his only season on the Blue Square Premier list, one we lost 2-1 to Forest Green at home (bet that seems like an age ago, FGR fans), and the other a trip to Aggborough where we lost 3-0.

He ascended to the FL list, but even after we rejoined the land of the living in 2016/17, we didn’t get to see much of him. His next Imps game was last season as we lost 2-1 to Southend. That wasn’t a classic and to be fair, he didn’t stand out as particularly bad (unlike the players).

They’re the only three games we have had with him and none have been controversial. So far this season, he has handed out three red cards in 14 matches, two to Championship sides in the EFL Cup.

He did incur the wrath of David Flitcroft as Newport and Mansfield shared a 1-1- draw in the 2018/18 play-off semi-final, which makes me like the man even more.,