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REF WATCH - MASON TAKES CHARGE

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07:30 1st January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Mason’s first game in charge of the R's this term ...

PREMIER LEAGUE official Lee Mason will take charge of the R’s west London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

This clash against the Blues will be Mason’s first game in charge of Rangers this term.

Mason took charge of two QPR fixtures last season; both away defeats against Liverpool and Manchester United.

During our clash at Old Trafford, Mason sent off R’s midfielder Shaun Derry after minimal contact with Ashley Young.

Mason originally took up officiating in 1988, refereeing in his hometown of Bolton within the Bolton Boys Federation League.

Four years later, and the now 41 year-old was added to the North West Counties Football League assistant referees' list, before progressing to referee's status soon after.

In 1998, Mason was included on the Football League list of assistant referees, before being added to the Premier League list in 2000.

Progression didn't stop there, as the Lancashire-born official earned promotion to the Football League list of referees in 2002. 

Mason finally reached the peak in 2006 and was named amongst the Premier League list of Select Group of referees.
 
During the same season, Mason took charge of the League One play-off final between Barnsley and Swansea City, before making the step up to the Premier League in the same year.

Since then, Mason has been a top-flight regular and even refereed the 2009 FA Youth Cup Final between Arsenal and Liverpool.

Additionally, the Lancashire-born official remains as chairman of the Bolton Referees’ Society. 

S Ledger and H Lennard will assist Mason at the Bridge, with K Friend taking up fourth official duties. 

PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES: 120

YELLOW CARDS: 392

RED CARDS: 17

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