Mark Heywood is the man in black for Scunthorpe’s clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.Heywood’s last fixture involving Scunthorpe came in last season’s clash against Fleetwood, a match Scunthorpe won 1-0 away from home. This was at a time when Brian Laws was still manager of the claret and blue.
The West Yorkshire-born referee officiated his first professional game back in the 2011/12 season: the League Two tie between Bradford and Aldershot. He dished out four yellow cards on his professional debut and went on to referee a further 26 games that campaign, dismissing one player.
So far this season, Heywood has refereed in sixteen matches, averaging just over three bookings per game, which is roughly his average throughout his career. He has officiated at all levels of the Football League but is yet to test himself in England’s top tier.
Heywood first took charge of a Championship game in his debut season as a professional referee but has mainly been appointed in League One and Two throughout his career.
He will be joined by Matthew Parry and Bob Roberts on Sunday, both of whom will be running the line, while Marvyn Amphlett will be the afternoon’s fourth official.
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