The man in charge of our weekend game at the New York Stadium will be . . . .
Sebastian Stockbridge from from Tyne and Wear
Seb is in his fifth season as a Football League Referee after previously spending two years in the middle for non-league games. While a Football League Assistant he was involved in the Durham FA Referee Academy.
This will be the second time Seb has been in the middle for a Millers match this season – the first being in August in the EFL Cup when Lincoln City were in town. Jamie Proctor opened the scoring for the Millers at the New York Stadium that evening but on sixty-four minutes Billy Knott equalised for the Imps. Anthony Forde came off the subs bench to give Rotherham a win and a second round tie away at Huddersfield.
Seb was in charge of the Millers in the same cup fixture last season when Morecambe were the visitors to the New York Stadium. Cole Stockton gave the visitors an early lead and it took a Greg Halford penalty on fifty-nine minutes to get an equaliser. Nine minutes later Mr Stockbridge gave Morecambe a spot-kick which Jack Dunne duly put past Lewis Price with the Millers getting a second equaliser on eighty-one minutes courtesy of Jerry Yates. Two minutes later Rotherham went into the lead for the first time thanks to an Anthony Forde goal but on the stroke of full-time Jack Dunne got his second and Morecambe’s third to send the tie into extra time. Former Miller Kevin Ellison put the boot in when he put the visitors back in front on one hundred and thirteen minutes with Dunne getting his hat-trick and making it five-three five minutes later. Jerry Yates got his second but the Millers were out of the cup competition at the first time of asking losing five-four. Wakefield and Edwards saw yellow for Morecambe on the evening with the only yellow for the Millers going to sub Richard Wood.
The only other game Seb has been in charge of the Millers for was in League One in November 2013. The game was at the New York Stadium with the visitors being Colchester. Former Miller Marcus Bean put the visitors in front on seven minutes with Matt Tubbs equalised just two minutes later. Kieran Agard then put the Millers in the lead on twenty-two minutes and with the Millers thinking they’d got all three points Elliot Lee scored an equaliser for Colchester. Getting yellow cards that afternoon was Mark Bradley and Matt Tubbs of the Millers and the visitors Lee Garbutt, Cian Bolger and Elliot Lee.
In the seventeen games Seb has been in charge of this season he has shown a whopping fifty-five yellow cards and three red cards.
Running the line on Saturday will be . . . .
Matthew Parry from Merseyside
Paul Newhouse from County Durham
The Fourth Official will be . . . .