The man in the middle for Rotherham United’s trip to the Hawthorns on Saturday is Robert Jones from Merseyside.
After two years officiating in the National League Robert was promoted to the Football League for the start of the 2016/17 season.
Robert was last in charge of the Millers in August at Elland Road when second half goals from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe gave the hosts all three points – although the Millers players and fans were very vocal after the first goal saying that skipper Richard Wood had been fouled in the build-up.
The time before the Leeds game that he had been in the middle for Rotherham was at Wembley for our League One Play-Off Final win against Shrewsbury Town.
Before the League One Play-Off Final Robert’s last time in the middle of a Millers game was in January that same year when Portsmouth were the visitors to the New York Stadium which saw a goal in the last minute of the game from Joe Mattock gave the hosts all three points. Josh Emmanuel was the only player yellow carded during the afternoon.
He was also in the middle earlier in the season, again at the New York Stadium, when, strangely enough, Shrewsbury Town were the visitors. The Millers missed an early penalty with Kieffer Moore’s spot kick being well saved by Shrews’ ‘keeper Dean Henderson. Minutes later Jon Nolan gave the visitors the lead but on the fifty-third minute the Shrews were down to ten men after Abu Ogogo hacked down Shaun Cummings and was sent for an early bath. Richie Towell equalised for the hosts with fifteen minutes to go but in time added on at the end of the game Stefan Payne won the game for the visitors from close range. Apart from the straight red for Ogogo yellow cards went to Richard Wood of the Millers and Town’s Aristote Nsiala.
The first time Robert met the Millers as a referee was in April last season which saw a rare away point for Rotherham with Richie Smallwood scoring on nine minutes at Deepdale. Unfortunately for the Millers Steve May scored four minutes before half-time to give Rochdale a point. Smallwood was the only person to get a yellow card that afternoon.
Of the thirty-five games Robert has reffed this season he has shown one hundred and seven yellow cards and two red cards.
Running the line on Saturday we have Shaun Hudson and Nick Greenhalgh with Andy Woolmer from Northamptonshire making up the quartet as Fourth Official.