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REF WATCH: PHIL DOWD

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09:51 3rd April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Official Dowd placed in charge of Wigan Athletic match ...

STAFFORDSHIRE-BORN referee Phil Dowd will take charge of Sunday’s live Sky Sports clash against Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road. 

Sunday’s match against the Latics will be Dowd’s fourth outing in front of the R’s this term.

Previously, Dowd was the man in the middle when the R’s travelled to the DW Stadium earlier this season as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.

He also took charge of the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane in September last year whilst he was also responsible for Rangers 0-0 draw with Manchester City in W12.

Dowd began his refereeing career officiating in the local leagues in 1984, before eventually progressing to both the Staffordshire Senior League and the Midland Football Alliance.

The 51-year old was appointed to The Football League list of assistant referees in 1992, before joining the League's full list of officials in 1997.

Dowd was finally promoted to England's top-tier in 2001, with this campaign being his twelfth year in the Premier League.

The experienced official refereed the Manchester derby at Wembley Stadium in the 2011 FA Community Shield.

Dowd also refereed the 2012 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool at the home of English football.

Dowd’s last outing was during Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. 

In 30 matches this season Dowd has shown 99 yellow cards and sent off four players.

M McDonough and S Ledger will be Dowd's two assistants. M Jones will be the fourth official.

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