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Dean Whitestone to take charge of Walsall home clash

9 August 2018

Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle for the Iron's first home game of the Sky Bet League One season against Walsall.

The encounter at Glanford Park will be his second of the campaign in his 14th season refereeing in the EFL.

The Northamptonshire-based official is already 66% of the way to matching his red card tally from last season after showing two on the opening weekend seven days ago in the encounter between Bury and Yeovil Town. The Glovers were reduced to nine men in the encounter, which they lost 1-0, with Tom James receiving his second caution and Jordan Green receiving a straight red card for serious foul play.

Despite this statistic, his card ratio is generally lower than other officials on the EFL, with him showing 97 yellows and three reds in his 39 games in 2017-18. He also only showed three red in the previous campaign too, along with 119 yellows, in 43 encounters.

He last took charge of the Iron in March at the DW Stadium in the 3-3 draw against eventual Champions of the division Wigan Athletic.

Whitestone's last Saddlers encounter came 364 days ago, ironically on the second weekend of last season, when he oversaw Walsall's 2-1 home victory against Oldham Athletic.

The game will be his 14th competitive Scunthorpe game and his 13th competitive Walsall game as referee.

On Saturday, he will be assisted by Richard Wild and Ian Smedley, while David Plowright will be the fourth official.

PAST SCUNTHORPE ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP  MATCH 
Mar 10, 2018 LG 1  Wigan Athletic 3-3 Iron 
Mar 7, 2017 LG 1 Charlton Athletic 2-1 Iron 6 0
Aug 16, 2016 LG 1 AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Iron 2 0
Aug 29, 2015 LG 1 Colchester United 2-2 Iron 7 0
Feb 16, 2013 LG 1 Yeovil Town 3-0 Iron 5 0
Oct 27, 2012 LG 1 Iron 0-3 MK Dons 3 0
Nov 12, 2012 FACR1 AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Iron 3 0
Apr 30, 2011 CHAMP Nottingham Forest 5-1 Iron 3 1
Aug 28, 2010 CHAMP Crystal Palace 0-0 Iron 0 0
Apr 5, 2010 CHAMP Swansea City 3-0 Iron 1 0
Aug 11, 2009 LGECR1 Iron 2-1 Chesterfield 0 0
Jan 13, 2009 LG 1 Yeovil Town 1-2 Iron 1 1
Nov 14, 2008 LG 1 Bristol Rovers 1-2 Iron 2 0

PAST WALSALL ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP  MATCH 
Aug 12, 2017  LG 1 Walsall 2-1 Oldham Athletic
Oct 29, 2016 LG 1 Walsall 1-1 Coventry City 6 0
Jan 23, 2016 LG 1 Walsall 1-1 Blackpool 6 0
Aug 16, 2014 LG 1 Walsall 0-0 Bradford City 1 0
Nov 2, 2013 LG 1 MK Dons 1-0 Walsall 1 0
Apr 6, 2013 LG 1 Walsall 1-1 Sheffield United 3 0
Jan 26, 2013 LG 1 Colchester United 2-0 Walsall 2 0
Sep 15, 2012 LG 1 Portsmouth 1-2 Walsall 0 0
Jan 31, 2012 LG 1 Walsall 0-1 Notts County 2 0
Mar 1, 2011 LG 1 Walsall 1-0 Southampton 3 0
Sep 6, 2008 LG 1 Walsall 0-2 Leyton Orient 2 0
Apr 15, 2008 LG 1 Walsall 0-1 Bristol Rovers 1 0

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