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Reading have a veteran ref in charge against Bolton this weekend. The_Biscuitman gives us the lowdown on Hertfordshire official Keith Hill - no, not the Rochdale boss.

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I'll start off this week's RefWatch with what is a history lesson for me and probably a sign of getting old for you.

This weekend's ref is Keith Hill, who first refereed a Royals game 16 years ago this month - a 1-1 draw against Oldham in the old Division Two. This was a time when Cher topped the charts, Jack Frost was the most popular film in cinemas, and I was getting ready to be born. (That last bit probably won't make you feel old)

So it appears we've got a bit of a veteran official on our hands this week, so I've climbed (incredibly bad reference to Hill) through over a decade's worth of records to gather information on Keith.

Including that Division Two clash, he has been in charge of 15 Reading games, but I'm afraid it doesn't look good. We've only won three under his control, losing eight times and drawing on four occasions. Cards have been handed out aplenty in that time, with five reds and 73 yellows - averaging 5.2 per game.

That's been the general trend with Hill this season as well, as the Hertfordshire official has given 59 yellows and 3 reds in 17 games so far in 2014-15 (five in the Championship) - an average of 3.65 per game.

Tomorrow won't be the first time he has visited the Madjeski Stadium this season, as he was in charge for our 3-2 win over Millwall in September.

I'm not expecting a bucket full of goals tomorrow afternoon, but there may be reason to - not just because Bolton are back in Berkshire. Hill has refereed a few goal-fests already this campaign, a 6-6 draw between Dagenham & Redbridge and Brentford in the League Cup and Bournemouth's 8-0 thrashing of Birmingham back in October.

Whilst goals and cards have followed Hill everywhere this season, penalties are less hard to come by. He's given just five spot-kicks this season, but only two have been scored, including Nick Blackman's effort from 12 yards against Millwall.

So it doesn't seem this ref gets more lenient with age - could he cut the figure of an old, strict headmaster by the end of Saturday?