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A referee who started in the Newark Alliance has been selected to take charge of his first Premier League game on Saturday.

David Coote, 35, of Winthorpe, will officiate at Newcastle United’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

The select group two referee has been in charge of mainly Championship games this season, with occasional fourth official roles in the top flight.

Coote started, aged 12, as a linesman in the Newark Alliance, was later a referee and worked his way up through the football pyramid.

In 2014, he refereed at Wembley twice in a month, taking charge of the FA Vase final and League One play-off final between Rotherham United and Leyton Orient.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey said he was pleased Coote was getting his chance.

“He deserves to be given this opportunity, but this should have come earlier,” Halsey said. “He is an excellent prospect.”