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Officially Lee

9 September 2016

FA CUP final referee Lee Probert will be the referee when Argyle meet Cambridge at Home Park this Saturday.

The 44-year-old whistler was the man in the middle when Arsenal came from behind to defeat Hull City in the 2014 final at Wembley. Former Pilgrim James Chester had opened the scoring for the Tigers, who went 2-0 up, only for Arsene Wenger’s side to claw back the game to win 3-2. 

Lee spent four years officiating in the EFL before being appointed to the Select Group of Match Officials in 2007-08, meaning he was eligible to take charge of Premier League fixtures. He continued in the top flight until 2014-15, and missed the entire 2015-16 season through injury. 

Fit again, Probert has refereed five games this season so far, all in Sky Bet Leagues One and Two. He has shown 14 yellow cards in those games, and has not sent anyone off. In fact, the last person to whom he showed the red card was Marouane Fellaini, in Manchester United’s final game of the 2014-15 season, at Hull. 

Lee’s first time in charge of Argyle was in the famous – to the Green Army, anyway - 5-1 victory at Port Vale in the title-winning 2003-04 season. Two goals from David Friio, including a scintillating 30-yard effort, were accompanied by goals from Marino Keith, Steve Adams and Paul Wotton. 

Lee has been a referee for Argyle matches eight times, with the Pilgrims winning five, drawing two and losing just one of those games. Each of those eight games, spanning 2003 to 2008, saw one of Paul Wotton, Tony Capaldi or Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scoring for Argyle. 

Wotton scored in four of the first five Argyle matches Lee took charge of, with Capaldi scoring in two. In a game where they both scored – a 2-0 win at Cardiff City – Darren Purse was sent off for the Bluebirds. 

In the three most recent games in which Lee was in charge – against Hull, Barnsley and Doncaster – Ebanks-Blake was on target each time. 

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