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Mike Jones will tonight referee Burnley for a fifth time this calendar year when he takes charge of our game against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

All the previous four have been at home. He was the referee for our Championship games against Blackburn and Middlesbrough which we won 1-0 and drew 1-1 respectively while more recently he has been in charge of the two home wins in the Premier League against Watford and Everton.

He’s certainly getting his fair share of Burnley games and this will be the third in our last seven games although we have to go back to the last Premier League season for his last Burnley away game which was the 1-0 win at Aston Villa that brought the season to an end.

The two games this season have both been reasonably easy games to referee but in both he could so easily have sent players off. It was a surprise in the Watford game that he didn’t show a second yellow card to Roberto Pereyra and against Everton, on another day, both Scott Arfield and Seamus Coleman could have been similarly dealt with after picking up a yellow card previously.

Often a controversial referee, he’s had a reasonably quiet season since kicking off with two Football League games in which he sent off Reading’s Joey van den Berg in a 2-2 home draw against Brighton and Mark Hughes of Accrington in a 3-2 home defeat against Morecambe.

Since then, he’s been used exclusively in the Premier League and to add to those two red cards he’s handed out 27 yellows in a total of eight games. Twelve of those have gone to home team players with fifteen to away team players.

Since refereeing the Burnley v Everton game, he’s only had one more fixture. That was Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Southampton at the end of October in which there were no cards.

One of three referees to have taken charge of two Burnley games this season, he becomes the first to get a third. There have been some controversial moments in his Burnley games over the years, one of which came against West Brom ten seasons ago when he sent off Paul McShane for head butting James O’Connor when the two players had clashed heads. Hopefully there’ll be no controversy tonight.

The assistant referees are Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire). The fourth official is Stuart Attwell (Nuneaton) whose last Burnley game was last season’s 0-0 draw at QPR.

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Jones

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
2015/16Middlesbroughh1-130Y: Marney
2016/17Watfordh2-040Y: Lowton
2016/17Evertonh2-150Y: Arfield, Hendrick
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