Date: 5th November 2008 at 8:40am
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The Referee chosen to officiate Saturday’s FA Cup 1st round tie between Aldershot and Rotherham United at The Recreation Ground is….

Mr Jarnail Singh from Hounslow, Middlesex

Jarnail Singh born 5 February 1962 is of Indian descent.
He moved to Wolverhampton, West Midlands, at a young age, and now lives in Hounslow, Greater London.He has a full-time occupation in the Metropolitan Police in London.

Singh took up refereeing in 1985 after taking his exam in order to improve his frequent outings as club linesman for the youth team he managed.
He progressed through lower leagues in the Wolverhampton area and then into the Conference South regionally, before being appointed as a Football League assistant referee in 1999. Whilst still a Conference referee, he was put in charge of an FA Vase semi-final first leg tie, between Oadby Town and Brigg Town on 22 March 2003.
Shortly before his elevation to Football League referee for the 2004-05 season, he was appointed to the middle for the Football Conference Playoff semi-final first leg between Aldershot Town and Hereford United on April 29, 2004.

His first match after his promotion was the Football League Two encounter between Bristol Rovers and Bury at the Memorial Stadium on 10 August 2004, in which he sent off Colin Woodthorpe of Bury in the 65th minute.

Singh was suspended by the FA following a Football League Two match between Shrewsbury Town and Bradford City at New Meadow on 28 September 2008. He had failed to stop play when Graeme Lee and TJ Moncur clashed heads, leaving both players prostrate on the floor. Approximately 13 minutes later Moncur fell to the ground and appeared to be suffering a fit as a direct result of the clash of heads.

So far this season, he has officiated at 11 games, showing 40 yellows and just 1 red, this being to Southend’s Franck Mouassa for a 2 footed challenge on Brighton’s Adam Virgo in Albion’s 2-0 win at Roots Hall on August 22nd.

Jarnail has taken charge of 2 previous Millers games, these were,
25th November 2006….Gillingham 1-0 Millers….3 yellows
Gillingham…Michael Flynn, Gary Mulligan
Millers….David Worrell

14th March 2006….Millers 2-0 Oldham….2 yellows
Millers….Michael Keane
Oldham….Richard Butcher

Football League record

2004-2005….Games 28 Yellows 95 (3.39 per game) Reds 11
2005-2006….Games 29 Yellows 88 (3.03 per game) Reds 3
2006-2007….Games 28 Yellows 80 (2.85 per game) Reds 6
2007-2008….Games 32 Yellows 90 (2.81 per game) Reds 2
2008-2009….Games 11 Yellows 40 (3.63 per game) Reds 1

Totals………..Games 128 Yellows 393 (3.07 per game) Reds 23

Jarnail will be assisted on Saturday by…
Sam D Lewis from Shropshire
Irvine J Woodward from East Sussex

The Fourth Official will be
John Busby from Oxfordshire

Thanks to Zipadeedoodah for this article