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Ref-Watch: Millwall (A)

Tonight's referee Andy Madley, older brother of the Premier League's Bobby, has seen more goals than cards this season. Are we in for a cracker at Millwall?

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There are plenty of footballing brothers in this country - Gary and Phil Neville, Bobby and Jack Charlton, and of course our very Anton Ferdinand and his sibling Rio.

But it's rare that you get two referees that are brothers, but for tomorrow's visit to Millwall, we have Andy Madley in charge, who is the older brother of Premier League official Bobby Madley. Don't you hate when your younger sibling outshines you?

Back to Andy though, who in his own right has been a Football League referee since 2011. He has taken charge of two Royals' games before, both last season, with the first coming almost exactly a year ago.

He was the man in the middle when we lost 2-0 to Ipswich on the 25th January 2014, and again just over two months later when we won 1-0 at Charlton.

The West Yorkshire official's stats this season suggest a referee who is not overly free with his cards, showing a fairly average 57 yellow and just one red card in 21 matches so far this season.

But there are some more curious statistics from the matches he has taken charge of in recent times.

Madley has not overseen a draw in 17 games, for example, since August. While the games he has officiated have also witnessed plenty of goals.

It is probably just fate, rather than anything the referee has influenced, but Madley has been the man in the middle for Bournemouth's 6-1 win at Blackpool and West Brom's 7-0 FA Cup demolition of Gateshead in recent times.

Overall, the 21 games he has overseen have included a flurry of 64 goals – and have witnessed only a single goalless draw.

Not many of those have been penalties either, with Andy pointing to the spot on six occasions this season, with five being scored.

So all the signs point to an entertaining game at the Den, and perhaps Andy thinks that if he keeps officiating high-scoring games, the FA might take notice and let him join his brother in the top division. We can all dream Andy...