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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
A new season dawns with our fifth consecutive year in this dreadful division which requires us to go to places like Accrington, as we embark on three away matches in 22 days with a combined distance of over 1,700 miles.

There is an element of Groundhog Day about this match as for the third year in a row this fixture will be refereed by the same referee. The man in charge once again is experienced referee, Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear.

The last two both finished 1-1. Odds on a third similar score?

Fortunately the last two Accrington aways with this referee contained little in the way of controversy. Two years ago he sent off Cresswell (not unreasonably) and showed one yellow to the home team and last year it was just the one yellow again to Accrington.

This is his eighth season as a League referee, although we had seen little of him for nearly four years before the first of his Accrington trilogy - just the Bury away Cup match earlier that same 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 - goal scorer 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.

Last season he finished with an average 91 yellows and a high 11 reds from 33 matches.

His two assistants will be newly promoted Marc Edwards from Sunderland and Barry Gordon from County Durham. Joe Hull from Stockport will be carrying out 4th Official duties.

Sneak preview: Gavin Ward for the Walsall game.