Ref watch: David Coote takes the whistle

Confirmation of match officials ahead of Saturday's home clash with Blackpool

David Coote will take charge of Wanderers’ home match against Blackpool at Macron Stadium on Saturday as Championship football resumes after the March international break. 

The game will mark the Nottinghamshire-based referee’s first visit to BL6, though he has officiated one Whites’ match in the past – last season’s away victory over Birmingham City where goals from Neil Danns and Jermaine Beckford saw Bolton clinch a 2-1 win. 

Refereeing his first Championship fixture in January 2011, Mr Coote also took charge of last season’s League One Play-Off Final at Wembley between Rotherham United and Leyton Orient.

So far this season he has officiated 23 matches, handing out 90 yellow cards and four red cards.

Mark Astley and Robert Merchant will run the line, while Tony Harrington is the fourth official. 

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