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Ashton’s Kavanagh receives first game as Premier League referee
Monday 4th September 2017 @ 19:03 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Football Sports

Ashton’s Chris Kavanagh has received his first game since becoming a full-time Premier League referee.

The 30-year-old whistler, who hails from Manchester but is based in Tameside, will take charge of newly-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion’s clash with West Bromwich Albion at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 15:00 BST).

Kavanagh was the only official promoted to the Select Group of Premier League referees during the summer after impressing during three seasons in the Football League and was part of the newly-formed Select Group 2, which primarily officiates in the Championship, last term.

He also capably handled a trial game in the top-flight last season, booking just four players in Southampton’s 1-0 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns back in April.

Kavanagh has already been fourth official for two Premier League games this season – West Brom’s 1-0 win at Burnley and Huddersfield’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, both during the second weekend.

He has overseen two games in the Championship in 2017/18 – booking three players in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against QPR at Hillsborough and issuing four yellow cards during Barnsley’s 3-0 victory over Sunderland at Oakwell before the international break.

Kavanagh will be assisted on the south coast this weekend by Peter Kirkup and Sian Massey-Ellis, with Andre Marriner in charge of electronic board duties as fourth official.

His one and only appearance at Wembley Stadium during his career so far was as fourth official for Glossop North End’s defeat by North Shields in the final of the FA Vase in May 2015.