Man in the middle: Neil Swarbrick

27th November 2017
First team

Neil Swarbrick will take charge of Swansea City’s Premier League fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Swarbrick, from Preston, will be the man in the middle for a Swans game for the first time this season.

The last time Swarbrick officiated a match involving Paul Clement’s side was the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in April.

The 51-year-old was the man in the middle for five of the Swans’ Premier League matches last season, with the Swans losing four and winning one.

Throughout his career, Swarbrick has officiated 20 Swans matches, with the Swans winning six, drawing five and losing nine across the Premier League, the Championship, League One and the FA Cup.

He took charge of the Swans’ 2-1 victory over Manchester United in February 2015, when goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Bafetimbi Gomis secured the Liberty club’s first ever double over United.

He has refereed 10 matches so far this term, issuing 25 bookings and no red cards.

He will be assisted at the Liberty by Richard West and Matthew Wilkes, while Lee Mason is the fourth official.