The Football League referee will be taking charge of Watford for the first time this season, after presiding over the Golden Boys just once during their memorable play-off winning campaign of 2005/06.
The 34-year-old official took charge of Watford's first away game last season, a fixture which was to epitomise the battling qualities Aidy Boothroyd's men have shown throughout his tenure, twice recovering from a two goal deficit to snatch an exhilarating 3-3 draw with Plymouth Argyle on a dramatic evening in Devon, thanks to a brace from Ashley Young and a first strike for the club by Marlon King.
The Gloucestershire based official started refereeing in 1986 and progressed through the lower league before being promoted to The Football League as an assistant referee in 1998. He was promoted to the national list of referees in 2003.
Mr. Probert, who has not officiated in any match involving
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