New Premier League referee Thomas Bramall took charge of non-league Wrexham last season, officiating their FA Trophy final against Bromley.
Bramall, 32, was one of four officials promoted to the top-flight for the 2022/23 season by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) alongside assistant referees Natalie Aspinall, Nick Greenhalgh and Steve Meredith. The Sheffield-born referee will be in the dugout at the City Ground for his Premier League debut, operating as a fourth official.
And whilst Nottingham Forest's 30,000-seater stadium prepares to host its first top-flight fixture since 1999, Bramall bizarrely may have led a more glamorous lifestyle if he'd stayed in non-league with his last match coming under the arch of Wembley.
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The 32-year-old took charge of Bromley's 1-0 FA Trophy final victory over Ryan Reynolds' Wrexham as Michael Cheek's second-half goal bagged The Ravens their first FA-affiliated honour since 1949, following success in the now-disbanded Amateur Cup.
Bramall took charge of his first game of the 2022/23 campaign last weekend, officiating Blackburn Rovers' 1-0 win over QPR and handing out two yellow cards. Obviously not shy to dish out a booking, Bramall sent three players for an early bath in West Bromwich Albion's 1-1 draw against Cardiff City last season.
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Alex Mowatt was dismissed after 76 minutes for a horror challenge on Bluebirds midfielder Will Vaulks and as tempers flared following Bramall's decision not to award a West Brom penalty, Aden Flint and Sam Johnstone came to blows in the penalty area, both receiving a red card.
PGMOL chief Mike Riley was quick to welcome Tom into Select Group 1 for the upcoming season, he said: "This is a fully deserved and great opportunity for Tom, who has performed very well as he's progressed through the ranks over recent years and will now officiate at the top level of our game."
Premier League referees Jonathan Moss, Mike Dean and Martin Atkinson all retired from officiating at the end of the 2021/22 season.
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