Rotherham United make the trek down to Bristol to take on Rovers on Saturday when Michael Salisbury from Lancashire is in the middle.
Michael is the son of referee Graham Salisbury and this is just his second year refereeing in the Football League although as an assistant referee he has been involved in games throughout the leagues and Premier League as well as being involved in Europa League Qualifiers and the EURO Qualifiers.
This is Michael’s fourth time in charge of the Millers the first time was on 12 August 2017 when a Kieffer Moore hat-trick plus goals from Joe Newell and Ryan Williams saw Rotherham beat Southend at the New York Stadium. Newell and Moore saw yellow that afternoon as well as the visitors Simon Cox.
The same season in the February saw Michael in the middle for our two-nil home win over Wimbledon. The game was just less than a quarter of an hour old when Michael Smith scored the first goal, the second one coming two minutes into time added on at the end of the game when Michael Ball scored from a re-bound after Ryan Williams saw his shot saved.
The last time Michael had the whistle for a Rotherham game was at Stadium:mk in March 2018. Semi Ajayi headed the visitors in front on nine minutes but two first half goals from Robbie Muirhead and Peter Pawlet gave MK Dons a two-one lead at half-time. Muirhead scored another twelve minutes into the second half with Jon Taylor scoring for the Millers with fifteen minutes to go but Rotherham couldn’t get an equaliser and the Dons won three-two.
This season Michael has been in charge of nine games showing twenty-three yellow cards and three red cards.
Running the line at the Memorial Stadium will be Darren Wilding and Justin Amey while the Fourth Official is Christopher Wade.