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Jones back for Middlesbrough clash

Mike Jones will referee our game tonight against Middlesbrough, just over six weeks since he took charge of our East Lancs derby win against Blackburn Rovers.

He’s no strange to us as you will see from that long list of games listed below and he’s been no stranger to controversy and fun, certainly with some of the red cards. The dismissal of Craig Hignett, now manager of Hartlepool, playing for Coventry was undoubtedly the funny one, but the dismissal of West Brom’s Paul Shane in 2007 was controversial as was his handling of the Hull game in the 2009/10 Premier League season.

Now one of the longest serving referees, he’s been refereeing Football League games since the 1997/98 season and joined the Select Group in 2008. His first game at the top level was a big away win for Wigan at Hull in August 2008. They won 5-0 with Hull’s Ian Ashbee the only player to receive a yellow card.

He’s mainly used in the Premier League now and he’s refereed only five Football League games all season, the last of which was our win against Blackburn.

That’s in 35 games in which he’s shown 116 yellow cards and two red cards. Of those yellow cards, 56 have gone to home team players with 60 to away team players. The second of those reds was just six days ago when he dismissed Everton’s James McCarthy in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

HIs most recent game was only two days ago, Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth. There were no cards in that game.

Jones is currently 24th in RATE THE REF with a rating of 66.55 out of 100.

The assistant referees are Andy Garratt (West Midlands) and Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire). The fourth official is Football League referee Darren England (South Yorkshire).

Previous Burnley Games

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Brentfordh1-120Y: Payton
1998/99Chesterfielda0-130Y: Cooke
1999/2000Bristol Citya0-030Y: Mullin
2000/01Wolvesa0-120Y: Cooke, Weller
2001/02Wimbledonh3-250Y: A Moore
2003/04Cardiffa0-240Y: Branch, Grant, Jensen
2004/05Stokeh2-221Y: Duff R: Duff
2005/06Derbya1-240Y: Akinbiyi, Sinclair
2005/06Readingh0-310Y: J O'Connor
2006/07West Bromh3-251Y: Djemba-Djemba, Harley, Elliott
2007/08Norwichh2-130Y: Alexander, Unsworth
2007/08Stokeh0-040Y: Mahon, McCann
2008/09West Bromh3-110Y: Caldwell
2008/09Southamptona2-270Y: Paterson, Alexander, Caldwell
2009/10Hullh2-041Y: Elliott
2009/10Wigana0-140Y: McDonald, Duff, Mears
2010/11Aston Villaa1-221
2010/11QPRh0-070Y: Duff, Alexander, Fox, Thompson, Cork
2011/12Leicestera0-010Y: Marney
2013/14Wigana0-020Y: Duff
2014/15Evertona0-141Y; Barnes, Arfield, Shackell R: Barnes
2014/15Aston Villaa1-030Y: Ulvestad, Arfield
2015/16Blackburnh1-060Y: Lowton, Ulvestad
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