PREMIER League referee Lee Mason will be the man in the middle for the FA Trophy Final clash with FC Halifax Town on Sunday afternoon.
The Bolton official is one of the most experienced referees in the country, taking charge of his first Football League game back in 2002 when Shrewsbury Town beat Exeter City 3-0 in the Third Division, and he has officiated at Premier League level for the past decade after being promoted in 2006.
Mason has taken charge of a number of high profile games at the National Stadium in the past, namely the 2006 League One Play-Off Final between Barnsley and Swansea City and the 2014 Championship Play-Off Final between Queens Park Rangers and Derby County.
He has handed out 629 yellow cards and 33 red cards over the course of his Premier League career, with 99 yellows coming this season, as well as three reds – to Everton's Gareth Barry, Stoke's Geoff Cameron and Southampton's Sadio Mane.
Mason will be assisted by Adam Nunn and Matthew Wilkes, whilst National League referee Ross Joyce will be Fourth Official.
LAST TIME OUT
It has been close to eight years since Mason was last in charge of a Town game, with him taking charge of the 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank in League Two back in August 2008. Peter Till gave Town the lead before the break that day, before Tom Newey brought down Sam Mullarkey in the box and Lee Frecklington equalised from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time.
He was also of the first leg of the League Two Play-Off Semi-Final between the Mariners and the Imps back in May 2006, when an early Gary Jones goal gave Town a lead that eventually resulted in them reaching the 2006 League Two Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium.
LAST FIVE GAMES
15/05/16 – Everton 3-0 Norwich – 0 yellow cards, 0 reds
08/15/16 – Liverpool 2-0 Watford – 3 yellow cards, 0 reds
30/04/16 – West Brom 0-3 West Ham – 0 yellow cards, 0 reds
23/04/16 – Derby 1-1 Sheff Wed - 9 yellow cards, 0 reds
20/04/16 – Man Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace – 3 yellow cards, 0 reds