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Mike Jones from Chester will referee tomorrow’s home game against West Bromwich Albion. It’s certainly not the first time he’s refereed this fixture and our away game at the Hawthorns was one of his four previous Burnley games this season.

A 4-0 defeat it might have been but we certainly couldn’t point any fingers of blame towards the referee that night as we suffered our second successive 4-0 loss at West Brom. And I don’t think any side could have complained at his performances in the three other games, at home against both Watford and Everton in the Premier League and Sunderland in the FA Cup.

I’m sure he’s refereed us more than any other current referee and tomorrow will be his 37th Burnley game. As always when Jones referees us I remind everyone that he gave us that brilliant moment in 2002 when he sent off Craig Hignett at the Turf when the then Coventry players gestured at the linesman.

If he’s had some disappointing games, and he has, they did come a few years ago, such as Chesterfield in 1998, Wolves in 2000, the game against tomorrow’s opponents West Brom in 2007 when he sent off Paul McShane for elbowing James O’Connor, a decision that was overturned after it was shown to be a clash of heads, and Hull in 2009.

More recently he’s been fine and that’s reflected in his ever improving RATE THE REF rating. He’s now in 9th place with a rating of 67.68 out of 100.

He’s refereed 116 games this season and he’s handed out 116 yellow cards of which 56 have gone to home team players and 60 to away team players. He’s also sent off five players although only one of them, Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk against West Brom, has come in the Premier League.

The last of the red cards came just last week when he sent off Birmingham’s Che Adams in their 2-0 home win against Huddersfield. That decision was overturned on appeal. There were also four yellows; Birmingham’s Jonathan Grounds and David Davis were carded as were both Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and Collin Quaner (Huddersfield).

There won’t be any problems if he referees as he’s done in his previous Burnley games this season.

The assistant referees are Andy Garratt (West Midlands) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire). The fourth official is Mike Dean (Wirral) whose two Burnley games this season were the 3-1 defeat at Southampton and the 1-0 home win against Leicester.

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
2016/17West Broma0-400
2016/17Sunderlandh2-030Y: Defour, Barton
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