The Referee chosen to officiate Rotherham United’s game v Wycombe Wanderers at Don Valley on Saturday is..
Lee Probert from Wiltshire
Born in Avon, Gloucestershire on Sunday 13th August 1972, he began refereeing in 1986 in leagues local to Bristol, and later in the Football Conference South.
Lee was promoted to the assistant referees’ list of the Football League in 1998, and made the step up to full referee in the League five years later.
He refereed his first FA Cup match on November 17, 2001, taking charge of the first round tie between Dagenham & Redbridge and Southport, which was settled for the home side by a Mark Stein penalty.
His first match after elevation to the League list of referees was the League Two encounter at Sixfields on August 9, 2003, when Northampton Town lost 1-0 to Torquay, a game in which Lee booked 2 players, Northampton’s Paul Trollope and Torquay’s Alex Russell.
His most notable other match was a League One play-off semi-final second leg, when Blackpool defeated Oldham by 3-1 on May 19, 2007.
On July 26, 2007, a Press release from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which employs Premier League referees full-time, stated that Lee had been included in the Select Group of 19 referees for season 2007-08.
Prior to this, he had been ‘trialled’ in the top league during the previous season, being given control of the game between Sheffield United and Portsmouth at Bramall Lane on January 13, 2007, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Lee’s most recent appointment was Hull’s 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, a game in which 3 players were booked….Ishmael Miller from West Bromwich and Ian Ashbee plus Sam Ricketts from Hull.
2001/2002 GAMES 10 YELLOWS 33 (3.30 PER GAME) RED 1
2002/2003 GAMES 15 YELLOWS 45 (3.00 PER GAME) REDS 2
2003/2004 GAMES 28 YELLOWS 82 (2.93 PER GAME) REDS 7
2004/2005 GAMES 32 YELLOWS 94 (2.94 PER GAME) REDS 7
2005/2006 GAMES 40 YELLOWS 127 (3.18 PER GAME) REDS 8
2006/2007 GAMES 38 YELLOWS 107 (2.82 PER GAME) REDS 5
2007/2008 GAMES 37 YELLOWS 82 (2.21 PER GAME) REDS 3
2008/2009 GAMES 10 YELLOWS 29 (2.90 PER GAME) REDS 0
Lee has taken charge of 3 games involving the Millers so far during his career, these were….
21ST AUGUST 2004….READING 1-0 MILLERS 3 YELLOWS
ROTHERHAM’S SHAUN BARKER, CHRIS SEDGEWICK AND ROB SCOTT
5TH APRIL 2005….IPSWICH 4-3 MILLERS 0 CARDS
24TH SEPTEMBER 2005….MILLERS 2-4 SOUTHEND 5 YELLOWS
ROTHERHAM’S DEON BURTON, LEE WILLIAMSON AND PAUL MCLAREN….SOUTHEND’S LEWIS HUNT AND KEVIN MAHER
Lee will be assisted at Don Valley by….
Jake Collin from Merseyside
Gary Stott from Greater Manchester
Fourth Official will be….
Chris Sarginson from Staffordshire
Thanks to Zipadeedoodah for the Ref Watch