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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
The man in charge tomorrow is experienced referee, Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear.

He referees this fixture for the second year running, having sent off Cresswell (not unreasonably) in last season's drawn match.

This is his seventh season as a League referee, although we had seen little of him for nearly four years before last year's trip to Accrington - just the Bury away Cup match earlier that season.

Just as well, some might say bearing in mind he awarded five penalties against us in just four matches, the penultimate of which was laughable.

In that drawn Cup match he cautioned Phillips and a couple of theirs.

Previous to that we actually ran out 2-1 winners at Peterborough in 2008/9 and notwithstanding the penalty decision his performance was poor, especially in the first half. Just one caution for us - goalscorer JFC.

In the same season he did the defeat at Carlisle. Two cautions for us (3 for them) - JFC and Robson-Kanu.

The year before that he took charge of our away win (3-1) at Crewe with again a couple of cautions - Mulgrew and Francis.

So despite the penalties we haven't got a bad record with him.

This season he has done 17 matches with below average yellows (45) and well above average reds (8).

His two assistants will be scouser Peter Wright and mackem Billy Khatib with Michael Salisbury from Penwortham (which, of course, is near Preston)carrying out 4th Official duties.