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James Adcock from Nottinghamshire will referee tomorrow’s game at Reading and it will be his fourth game in charge of the Clarets having previously refereed games against Swindon, Bristol City and Barnsley.

I don’t think those three Burnley games have given him anything like as much trouble as his first ever league game. Although he became a Football League referee ahead of the 2011/12 season, he was given one game in the previous season, that between Macclesfield and Wycombe in February 2011.


I think he might have been pleased he was having a quiet debut. There had been just two yellow cards and Wycombe were leading 1-0 with a goal from their current manager Gareth Ainsworth.

Then, in stoppage time, it all kicked off. Macclesfield’s Ricky Sappleton kicked out at Wycombe’s Stuart Lewis and all hell broke loose. Several other players joined in with Adcock showing red cards to Sappleton and his team mate Emile Sinclair along with Wycombe’s David Winfield.

Although both clubs asked for personal hearings, they both supported the actions of Adcock and Macclesfield fined every player along with the manager and his assistant for their involvement.

In his first full season he was given his first Championship game between Barnsley and Millwall but it was his only game at that level during his first season and even this season, his fifth in the Football League, only six of his twenty games have been at Championship level.

We’ve had no problems with him to be fair and that’s reflected in his RATE THE REF rating of 71.22 out of 100 which sees him currently in 15th place.

Last season he had a run of games that saw him show seven red cards in eleven games, the last of them coming in January. Since then he’s not sent off any player in 33 games, and he’s shown just 52 yellow cards this season in his 20 games; 25 of them going to home team players and 27 to away team players.

There were five yellow cards in his last game which was Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Birmingham last Saturday. Birmingham had James Vaughan and Michael Morrison carded alongside all of Lewis McGugan, Daniel Pudil and Ross Wallace for Sheffield Wednesday. Three of those came in stoppage time.

I think we’ll be happy enough if Adcock gives us a performance similar to his previous three Burnley games.

The assistant referees are Ashvin Degnarain (London) and Matt Corlett (Liverpool). The fourth official is Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Previous Burnley Games

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2012/13Swindona1-360Y: Austin, Mee
2012/13Bristol Cityh3-140Y: Marney, Wallace, Paterson
2013/14Barnsleyh1-020Y; Stanislas
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