Referee Jones back at the Turf for Stoke visit
By this time last season, referee Mike Jones from Chester, had taken charge of three Burnley games against Watford, Everton and West Brom; he later refereed two more against Sunderland and the return game against West Brom.
Yet we’ve had to wait until December this season for Jones, who has been a regular for Burnley matches over the years, to get his first Clarets’ match of the season.
When I saw regular, it will be Burnley game number 38 for him tonight. The first of them was way back in the 1997/98 season when he was in charge of our 1-1 home draw against Brentford and that 2-2 draw against West Brom last season was the last of them.
I think, had RATE THE REF been running back in his early days of refereeing Burnley games then he would have been very low in the table, but his performances since the start of the 2007/08 season have been much better and his rating, which continues to improve , is now 68.18 out of 100 which sees him in 10th place.
Fast approaching his 50th birthday, he’s been a Football League referee for over twenty years and is now in his tenth season as a select group referee. This season, however, only half of his games so far have been in the Premier League.
That’s 12 games in total in which there have been 49 yellow cards and just the one red card which he showed to Cardiff’s Omar Bogle in their 2-1 defeat at Bristol City. Neil Warnock admitted to having no problems with the decision but then blasted Jones for not sending off a Bristol City player later in the game.
His most recent game was the Championship clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Hull last Saturday at Hillsborough. It ended in a 2-2 draw in a game which saw five players yellow carded. They were Wednesday’s Joost van Aken, Adam Reach and Gary Hooper along with Hull pair Sebastian Larsson and Kevin Stewart. He also sent home boss Carlos Carvalhal to the stands.
That performance prompted former referee supremo Keith Hackett to label Jones as not being good enough to referee in the Premier League. “I could go on about Mike Jones,” said Hackett, one of the worst referees I’ve ever seen. “Putting it bluntly, he’s not good enough. He’s had his time and I think they might give him a job as a Video Assistant Referee next season.”
Hopefully, it will be a calm night for Jones tonight with no major controversies. We’ve had enough of those in recent games.
The assistant referees are Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire) and Simon Long (Cornwall). The fourth official is Michael Oliver (Northumberland) whose last Burnley game was the 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace in September.
Previous Burnley Games – Mike Jones
|Season||Opponents||V||Res||Y||R||Burnley Players Carded|
|1999/2000||Bristol City||a||0-0||3||0||Y: Mullin|
|2000/01||Wolves||a||0-1||2||0||Y: Cooke, Weller|
|2001/02||Wimbledon||h||3-2||5||0||Y: A Moore|
|2003/04||Cardiff||a||0-2||4||0||Y: Branch, Grant, Jensen|
|2004/05||Stoke||h||2-2||2||1||Y: Duff R: Duff|
|2005/06||Derby||a||1-2||4||0||Y: Akinbiyi, Sinclair|
|2005/06||Reading||h||0-3||1||0||Y: J O'Connor|
|2006/07||West Brom||h||3-2||5||1||Y: Djemba-Djemba, Harley, Elliott|
|2007/08||Norwich||h||2-1||3||0||Y: Alexander, Unsworth|
|2007/08||Stoke||h||0-0||4||0||Y: Mahon, McCann|
|2008/09||West Brom||h||3-1||1||0||Y: Caldwell|
|2008/09||Southampton||a||2-2||7||0||Y: Paterson, Alexander, Caldwell|
|2009/10||Wigan||a||0-1||4||0||Y: McDonald, Duff, Mears|
|2010/11||QPR||h||0-0||7||0||Y: Duff, Alexander, Fox, Thompson, Cork|
|2014/15||Everton||a||0-1||4||1||Y; Barnes, Arfield, Shackell R: Barnes|
|2014/15||Aston Villa||a||1-0||3||0||Y: Ulvestad, Arfield|
|2015/16||Blackburn||h||1-0||6||0||Y: Lowton, Ulvestad|
|2016/17||Everton||h||2-1||5||0||Y: Arfield, Hendrick|
|2016/17||Sunderland||h||2-0||3||0||Y: Defour, Barton|
|2016/17||West Brom||h||2-2||4||0||Y: Barnes|