The Referee chosen to officiate Rotherham United’s Yorkshire derby versus Bradford City at Don Valley on Saturday is…
Mr Michael J Jones from Chester
Born on 18th April 1968, Michael is one of the League’s most experienced Referee’s.
He started Refereeing in 1983 and progressed through the Chester and District local league’s before getting on the Football League list of assistant referee’s in 1992-93.
4 season’s later he was promoted to the National list of Football League referee’s.
His most prestigious appointment so far came when he was 4th official at the 2004 Carling Cup final between Middlesborough and Bolton.
So far this season he has taken charge of 13 games, showing yellow 34 times and handing out 3 reds.
His most recent red came on November 1st in the 2-2 draw between West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers in the Premiership.
Rovers striker Benni McCarthy was the recipient after 2 yellows, firstly for a foul on Albion’s Jonathan Greening, then for an handball offence.
Michael’s most recent Rotherham United’s appointments were as follows..
17 Jan 2004….Millers 4-4 Norwich City….2 yellows 1 red
Millers….Martin Butler, Chris Sedgewick yellows
Guy Branston red (Millers boss Ronnie Moore also saw red after altercations in the tunnel at half time following a penalty awarded to Norwich in the closing stages of the first half).
14 Sept 2004….West Ham Unites 1-0 Millers….1 yellow
Millers….Darren Garner yellow
5 March 2005….Millers 1-3 Gillingham….0 cards
2 Feb 2008….Millers 0-1 Hereford United….2 yellows
Millers….Stephen Brogan yellow
Hereford….Clint Easton yellow
Recent season’s records
2003-04….32 games….99 yellows….8 reds
2004-05….37 games….85 yellows….7 reds
2005-06….37 games….104 yellows….5 reds
2006-07….42 games….164 yellows….12 reds
2007-08….39 games….125 yellows….7 reds
2008-09….13 games….34 yellows….3 reds
Mr Jones will be assisted at Don Valley by . . .
Andrew N Butler from Lancashire
David Richardson from West Yorkshire
The Fourth Official will be . . .
Neil Swarbrick from Lancashire
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