Date: 22nd October 2015 at 9:26am
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The man in charge of our derby game with Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night is …

Mike Jones from Cheshire

Michael 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. Four seasons later he was appointed to the National List of Football League Referees. 2008 saw him promoted to the Select Group of Referees.

It was Mike who famously let a goal from Sunderland’s Darren Bent that went in off a beach ball thrown from a section of Liverpool supporters onto the pitch which was the first of a few bizarre happenings when he has been in charge of games!

Mike was last in the middle for a Millers game back in November 2008 at Don Valley when two goals in five minutes gave visitors Bradford City a two-nil win, the goals being scored by Luke O’Brien and Nicky Law in the second half. The only yellow of the game was for the Bantams Matt Clarke.

The season before he was at Millmoor when the only goal of the game came from Gary Hooper five minutes before half-time for visitors Hereford.

The 2004/5 season saw Mike in charge of two Millers games – the first at Upton Park when Matthew Etherington scored twenty minutes from the end of the game for West Ham. The second time was at Millmoor when Gillingham were the visitors. Michael Flynn opened the scoring for the Gills but a goal on fifty-six minutes from Martin Butler drew the Millers level. Unfortunately goals from Mamady Sidibe and Darius Henderson saw Gillingham go home with all three points.

There were goals,a hat-trick, a penalty and a sending off in the Millers game that Mike was in the middle for in the 2003/4 season. Martin Butler put the Millers ahead on twenty-eight minutes only for Iwan Roberts to get an equaliser for Norwich a minute later. Leon McKenzie put the Canaries in front just after the half-hour mark but Butler got his and the hosts second to make it two-two. On the stroke of half-time Sean Barker tracked Darren Huckerby into the box and when the City forward fell to the floor Mike pointed to the spot. Guy Branston appeared from nowhere and decided to tell Huckerby what he thought of him getting a yellow for his trouble. Huckerby scored from the resulting penalty and the referee blew for the end of the half. Mayhem resulted with Millers Manager running on the pitch to confront Huckerby while a City player spat at Branston going down the tunnel. The players and officials and stewards spilled back out of the tunnel onto the pitch and punches were being thrown ending when stewards took the teams into the dressing rooms where Branston was issued a red card and Moore banished to the stands. Butler got his third and another Millers equaliser on sixty-five minutes with John Mullen making it four-three to to Rotherham ten minutes later. A corner in the last minute of the game eventually fell to Damien Francis who made it four-four.

Mike was in the middle for two Rotherham games in the 2002/3 season. Firstly at the King Power Stadium when Leicester won two-one. Paul Dickov and Jordan Stewart scored for the Foxes with Martin McIntosh getting a consolation goal for the visitors. A game later in the season at Millmoor saw Grimsby in town and it looked like it was going to be nil-nil until the final minute when John Oster scored for the Mariners.

December 2001 saw the Millers at Valley Parade when Robbie Blake scored two goals for the hosts, one from the penalty spot before Rob Scott halved the deficit on seventy-four minutes. Eight minutes later Ashley Ward made it a three-one win for the Bantams.

The first game of the 2000/01 season saw Mike at Millmoor in a game that saw five goals against Walsall. Mark Robins scored from the penalty spot two minutes before the end of the first half and scored a second eight minutes into the second half. Brett Angell scored twice and then an own goal from Marvin Bryan on the seventy-first minute gave Walsall all three points.

A game at Vetch Field the season before saw Walter Boyd score a goal in each half to give Swansea a two-nil win over the Millers.

The first time the Millers came across Mike Dean was in August 1997 at Feethams the home of Darlington. Darren Roberts put the home side in front on the hour mark with Lee Glover getting the equaliser for a point fifteen minutes later. Yellows that day were shown to Carl Shutt of Darlington and to the Millers’ Martin Clark and Andy Roscoe.

This season Mike has been in charge of eight games, seven in the Premier League and one Championship game which involved our visitors today away at Leeds. Mike has shown thirty-one yellow cards and one red card which was to Darryl Janmaat of Newcastle.

Running the line on Friday night will be …

Andrew Fox from Warwickshire
Mark Dwyer from West Yorkshire

The Fourth Official will be ?

Peter Bankes from Merseyside