Ref watch: Simon Hooper takes the whistle for Preston trip

Simon Hooper is set to take charge of Wanderers' trip to Preston North End on Friday.

Taking charge of his twelfth Whites game in total, the Wiltshire-based official first took charge of a Bolton game in December 2012 when the Trotters beat Birmingham City 3-1 while his last Wanderers match was their Carabao Cup defeat West Ham United back in September.

Predominantly overseeing Sky Bet Championship fixtures last season, he ran the rule over 43 games including the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final, handing out 149 yellow cards and three red cards.

Meanwhile, Mr Hooper has refereed 17 games so far this season, dishing out 49 yellow cards and one red card.

Akil Howson and Daniel Robathan will run the line while Geoff Eltringham is the fourth official.

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