Date: 8th November 2019 at 8:27am
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The Football Association has now announced the officials that will take charge of the match between Ipswich Town and Lincoln City on Saturday afternoon.

Ipswich Town host Lincoln City on Saturday, November 9 for the match at Portman Road and the match carries a 3.00pm kick-off.

Referee: Kevin Johnson.
Assistants Refs: Abbas Khan and Bhupinder Gill.
Fourth Official: Daniel Cook.

Kevin Johnson has been the man in the middle for 7 matches involving Lincoln City:

27/03/12: Hayes & Yeading 1-2 Lincoln City (Conference) – 1 yellow card
28/04/12: Ebbsfleet 2-3 Lincoln City (Conference) – 2 yellow cards
09/03/13: Lincoln City 1-0 Southport (Conference) – 4 yellow cards and 2 red cards
14/10/17: Lincoln City 0-0 Cambridge United (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
01/09/19: Exeter City 0-3 Lincoln City (League Two) – 7 yellow cards
06/04/19: Milton Keynes Dons 0-2 Lincoln City (League Two) – 7 yellow cards
27/04/19: Newport County 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two) – 5 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 7 | Yellow Cards: 29 | Red Cards: 2

He received an average rating of 6.18 following the 2-0 win away at Milton Keynes Dons last season. Some of the comments can be found below:

sedgleyimp: “I’ll give him a 7. Not bad. Bit fussy (Dons first-half corner being a prime example where he marched across to see if it was touching the quadrant) Not entirely sure he knew what had happened with the handbags in the second half by the dugouts, but overall okay.”

berksimps: “Thought he was reasonably good, although Pett was continually fouled well before the yellow came out. Did someone in our technical area stop them taking a throw? Why was Akinde booked? Did Akinde control the ball with his arm before passing to Andrade before he scored?


evenstephen: “Was very inconsistent especially in the first half and overly fussy. He was better in the second and wasn’t conned by the MK Dons penalty attempts. Might have handled the melee a bit better though. 6/10.”

Kevin Johnson: 2019/20 Stats:

03/08/19: Salford City 2-0 Stevenage (League Two) – 1 yellow card
10/08/19: Southend United 1-3 Blackpool (League One) – 2 yellow card and 1 red card
13/08/19: Swansea City 3-1 Northampton Town (EFL Cup) – 1 yellow card
20/08/19: Portsmouth 3-3 Coventry City (League One) – 5 yellow cards and 2 red cards
24/08/19: Bolton Wanderers 0-5 Ipswich Town (League One) – 2 yellow cards
27/08/19: Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading (EFL Cup) – 3 yellow cards
07/09/19: Leyton Orient 1-3 Swindon Town (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
17/09/19: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham (League One) – 1 yellow card
24/09/19: Crawley Town 1-1 Stoke City (EFL Cup) – 5 yellow cards and 1 red card
28/09/19: Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Fleetwood Town (League One) – 4 yellow cards
19/10/19: Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Sunderland (League One) – 2 yellow cards
26/10/19: Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
02/11/19: Cheltenham Town 1-2 Forest Green Rovers (League Two) – 5 yellow cards
06/11/19: Leyton Orient 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion U21s (EFL Trophy) – 5 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 14 | Yellow Cards: 44 | Red Cards: 4

Kevin Johnson oversaw 42 matches during the 2018/19 season, showing a total of 130 yellow cards and 6 red cards.

He showed 7 cards on 6 occasions last season, including The Imps 3-0 win away at Exeter City on Saturday, September 1st, when he showed 7 yellow cards and the 2-0 win away at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, April 6th, when he also showed 7 yellow cards.

Match Day referee Johnson was the man in the middle for 37 matches during the 2017/18 season, showing a total of 111 yellow cards and 9 red cards.

He showed 9 cards on two occasions last season. The first match was between Milton Keynes Dons and Wigan Athletic (0-1) when he showed 7 yellow cards and 2 red cards. The other match he showed 9 cards in was the Crawley Town v Carlisle United (0-1) match on Saturday 30th September when he showed 6 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

Johnson took in 30 matches in 2016/17, showing 100 yellows cards and four red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Southend United and Oldham Athletic on April 1, when he handed out a total of 7 yellow cards and one red card.

Sources: The Football Association & Soccer Base.

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