Rotherham United’s first game in the League Cup this season sees them travel to Shrewsbury where Anthony Backhouse from Cumbria has the whistle.
Anthony began his refereeing at the tender age of fourteen in Cumberland rising to officiating in the Blue Square Premier League in 2012 being promoted to the National List of Referees for the start of the 2017/18 season.
Anthony has twice been in charge of Millers games before firstly in our Checkatrade Trophy game when a Manchester City U21 side came to the New York Stadium which saw David Ball put the Millers ahead only for a Benjamin Garre goal sending the tie to penalties in the last minute of the game. The young City side won the shoot-out four-two.
The only time that Anthony and Rotherham have met in the league was on Boxing Day in 2017 when the Millers travelled to Gigg Lane to take on Bury. David Ball put the visitors in front on five minutes with Lee Frecklington doubling the score five minutes later. Will Vaulks gave the Millers a three-nil away win with seven minutes to go. Anthony showed yellow cards to Anthony Forde and Ryan Williams that afternoon as well as two Bury players.
Running the line at the Greenhous Meadow are Wade Smith and Ollie Williams with Andrew Dallison from Nottinghamshire will be the Fourth Official.