Hartlepool v Pompey: who’s the referee?

Mark Brown in charge of Birmingham City vs Bristol City. Picture: PA

Mark Brown in charge of Birmingham City vs Bristol City. Picture: PA

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Mark Brown will take charge of Pompey’s trip to Hartlepool.

Here’s all you need to know about the man in the middle.

Mark Brown shows Kieron Freeman a red card during Pompey's game with Northampton at the end of last season

Mark Brown shows Kieron Freeman a red card during Pompey's game with Northampton at the end of last season

Who is he?

The East Yorkshire-based referee has taken charge of Football League matches since the 2010-11 season.

He spent three years in the National League previously.

Most of his career has been spent in League One and Two, but he has refereed multiple Championship matches.

He is yet to take charge of a Premier League fixture.

What is his record?

In his 215 career games, Brown has dished out 600 yellow cards at an average of 2.8 cautions per game.

He has also sent off 44 players, with 22 of them being straight reds.

He dismissed David Faupala in Chesterfield’s 3-1 home defeat to Rochdale last weekend.

Has he refereed Pompey before?

Yes, three times in total, and once this season.

That was the Blues’ 1-1 draw at Barnet in February.

Gary Roberts was cautioned at The Hive.

What is Pompey’s record with Brown in charge?

The Blues are yet to win when Brown has officiated, recording two draws and one loss.

That was the 2-1 home defeat to Northampton on the last day of the season last year.

The first time Brown officiated a Pompey game was a 0-0 away draw against Chesterfield in March 2014.

Has he ever sent off a Pompey player before?

Brown gave a straight red card to Kieron Freeman for a challenge on John Joe O’Toole against the Cobblers.

He also gave yellow cards to Ben Davies, Gareth Evans and Adam McGurk.

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