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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
The last time we played at Spotland was also on Good Friday two years ago. That went rather well (we won 3-0) and they are doing their best to recreate that happy event by sending the same referee !

The man in charge once again will be PE teacher Jeremy Simpson from Carnforth in Lancashire.

That previous match saw a yellow for Hurst and three of theirs, including Lund and there were few complaints about his performance.

He is in his 4th year as a League referee and finished his non-league career by refereeing the 2011/12 Blue Square Premier League play-off final between York and Luton at Wembley. Prior to that he was an assistant referee on the Premier League and also a FIFA official.

He has only refereed Southend just that once but Rochdale have played 6 games with him in charge (2 wins, 4 defeats).

I've never seen him but he seems to be doing pretty well with some good Championship appointments this season (including Hull v Middlesbrough). His 29 matches have produced a slightly high 102 yellows and 5 reds.

Assisting will be David Richardson from West Yorkshire and Darren Strain from Runcorn with Simon Mather from nearby Manchester acting as Fourth Official.
Elsewhere in the world of refereeing, Paul Tierney who was at Roots Hall quite recently (and was very good) and Stuart Attwell who will be at Roots Hall very soon have both been promoted to the Select Group of Premiership referees for next season.