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Posted Tue 17 Jul 12

A look ahead to the top-of-the-table clash


Sheffield United v Brentford, npower League One, Bramall Lane, March 23 2013

Please note, this match will kick off at 12.45pm


Referee: Keith Stroud

Assistants: Geoff Law and Alan Young

Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer

Mr Stroud has been a Football League referee since the start of the 2004/05 season and has taken charge of ten Brentford games in that time.

He refereed Brentford’s last two trips to Wycombe Wanders, one in November 2009 when The Bees lost 1-0 – Mr Stroud gave a debateable penalty, another which was saved by Wojciech Szczesny and sent off James Wilson in the defeat, and one in September 2011 when Kevin O’Connor scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

He also awarded The Bees a penalty the last time he took charge of a Brentford match – a late one scored by Harry Forrester in October’s win over Coventry City.

His first Brentford game was a Boxing Day defeat to Torquay United in 2004.

He took charge of Brentford’s League One Play-Off draw with Swansea City in South Wales in May 2006, sending off Stuart Nelson, and the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in January 2006 when he sent off Ricky Newman and visiting goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.


Brentford will be in their black change kit.


Clayton Donaldson’s goal in the 2-1 win over Swindon Town last Tuesday was his 21st of the season.

One more will draw him level with Lloyd Owusu, who scored 22 in 2001/02, the most by a Brentford player for more than 15 years.

Harry Forrester could play his 50th Football League game while Shaleum Logan is in line to play his 75th game for Brentford and Harlee Dean is set for his 75th game in professional football.

Tony Craig is set to play his 48th game of the season; he has started every one of Brentford’s 38 npower League One matches.


November 24 2012, npower League One –Brentford 2 Sheffield United 0

Brentford line-up: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw, Kiernan (sub Hayes), Diagouraga; Donaldson, Trotta (sub Hodson 81), Forrester (sub Saunders)

Subs (not used): Lee, Barron, Oyeleke, Dallas

Brentford goal scorers: Donaldson, Forrester

First half goals from Clayton Donaldson and Harry Forrester were enough to give Brentford the points.

Click here for a full report.


Brentford: 2nd

Sheffield United: 4th

A full League One table is available here.


Last six competitive fixtures – most recent first

(90 minute scores)

Brentford: W-W-L-L-W-W

Sheffield United: L-D-W-D-W-W


Bees Player commentary will begin at around 12.15pm.

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The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2, coverage begins at 12.30pm.

It will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5Live.


Ticket information is available here.

Odds are available from the Club’s betting partner Bet Butler – click here to place a bet.

An Away Day Guide can be viewed here.