Cambridgeshire referee Kevin Wright will be in charge of the Iron’s home fixture against Northampton, where Russ Wilcox will be hoping to see his side return to winning ways.The 43-year old is a Senior Officer with the Civil Service (HMRC) and a keen fisher and father.
The League Two clash will be Wright’s 18th fixture this campaign, those coming across the course of the three Football League tiers. He has given 51 cautions and brandished four red cards, all of which came in the last five games.
In 2012/13, he oversaw 15 matches, showing 50 yellows and just two reds.
The last Iron match he took charge of was in the 2010/11 season, when Middlesborough were visitors to Glanford Park. Boro were 2-0 victors with thanks to goals from Kris Boyd and Scott McDonald.
His most recent match was the last Saturday in February, the 22nd, in League One. Walsall lost 2-1 at home to Crawley and Wright sent off Crawley’s Billy Clarke, after giving him his second caution for time-wasting.
After he had to give up playing football at Sunday League level, he ventured into refereeing and made a quick progression through the ranks rising to professional football, via Peterborough & District, United & Easter Counties and Conference leagues in around 4 years. This is his tenth season as a Football League referee.
He isn’t happy with what he has yet though, as he told the Football League he still harbours ambitions to be the best. “"I'd love to return to Wembley, this time as the Referee," he said. "Maybe for an FA final, maybe even a Play-Off final or a Carling Cup final. You've always got to strive to try to achieve your goals. After what I went through (a bad knee injury), I still pinch myself that I'm still doing what I am and what I love.”
Mark Astley and Paul Thompson will be running the lines at Glanford Park and his fourth official will be Wayne Grunnill.