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What's new in 2019/20: Match officials

11 Jul 2019
Peter Bankes and Andy Madley, composite

Two new referees will officiate this season after being promoted to Select Group 1

We look at the new things to keep an eye out for in the Premier League in 2019/20.


There will be two new regular referees this season.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have promoted Andy Madley and Peter Bankes to Select Group 1. 

Madley (above, right) refereed 31 Championship matches in 2018/19 and has been a Select Group 2 official for the last three seasons.

He was the man in the middle for two Premier League fixtures last season, Watford v Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton.

The 35-year-old also took charge of the League One playoff final between Charlton Athletic and Sunderland and the FA Trophy Final between AFC Fylde and Leyton Orient.

Step up

Bankes has also been with Select Group 2 since it was formed three seasons ago.

The 37-year-old was the fourth official for three PL fixtures in 2018/19 and was an assistant referee in Select Group 1 for two campaigns.

Assistant referee Nick Hopton is promoted to Select Group 1 too, after three campaigns in Select Group 2. 

He was involved in 27 Championship matches in 2018/19, as well as one Premier League encounter at Turf Moor when Burnley hosted Arsenal on the final match of last season.

See: What's new in 2019/20?

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