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For a referee who has taken charge of so many Burnley games, it is a surprise to see that Mike Jones will be in charge of a Turf Moor game tomorrow for the first time since October 2013 when he refereed our 2-1 home win against Reading.

We’ve certainly had some fun with Jones, for want of a better word, in some of his previous Burnley games. He’s sent off six players in those games. Some were straight forward and I’ve no argument at the red card he showed to Ashley Barnes at Everton last season, although only he will know how Kevin Mirallas stayed on the pitch.

He sent off Paul McShane, then of West Brom, in 2007 for elbowing James O’Connor. Although O’Connor was ruled out for the two remaining games that season it had been a mere clash of heads and the decision was overturned.

His dismissal of Giovanni for Hull in 2009 was harsh on a day when a string of bad decisions went our way, but the red card he showed to Craig Hignett, now Hartlepool manager, in our 3-1 win against Coventry in 2002 remains one of the funniest things I’ve seen on Turf Moor as the former Blackburn player had to walk two thirds of the length of the pitch whilst receiving some kind words from the home fans.

Now aged 47, he’s been a Football League referee since 1997 and is now in his eight season on the Select Group, so he’s one of our longest serving and most respected referees although he does have a habit of finding controversy or beach balls.

He’s not afraid to use his cards and in his last game took his total this season to three figures. In 101 games, of which only four have been in the Football League, he’s shown 101 yellow cards but just a solitary red card.

Surprisingly for Jones, more yellow cards have gone to home team players, but only just with 51 home team players and 50 away team players carded. The one player he has sent off is Newcastle’s Darryl Janmaat in their 2-0 defeat at Swansea in August.

In that last match, just two days ago, between Manchester United and Watford, he yellow carded United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah along with both Miguel Britos and Nordin Amrabat of Watford.

Mike Jones is currently 21st in RATE THE REF with a rating of 67.36 out of 100.

Who knows what to expect, he can at times court controversy but he is clearly considered to be one of our elite referees.

The assistant referees are Andy Garratt (West Midlands) and Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire). The fourth official is Football League referee Scott Duncan (Northumberland) whose only Burnley game in the middle was our 2-0 home win against Yeovil two seasons ago.

Previous Burnley Game

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
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