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Oldham Athletic 3 v 1 Rochdale
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Refwatch: Oldham v Dale
Thursday, 16th Nov 2017 19:51 by TVOS

One of our regular officials in recent seasons, Jeremy Simpson, is the man in the middle at Oldham on Saturday.


The Carnforth-based whistler has refereed nine Dale games since joining the league list in 2012, most recently in February when he was in charge of our goalless draw at Fleetwood.

We first saw ‘Jez’ as a referee at home to Exeter in December 2012, a game The Grecians won 3-2 as John Coleman’s time as Dale manager continued to turn sour.

Exeter returned to Spotland 11 months later and so did Mr Simpson, although on this occasion Dale were 3-1 winners.

Jeremy was the referee for the home match against Doncaster in November 2014, which the visitors won 3-1 and Dale had Matt Done sent-off, while in March 2015 he was in charge of our 1-0 defeat at Fleetwood.

The full list of Mr Simpson’s Dale appointments is:

Dec 2012 v Exeter (h), L 2-3

Nov 2013 v Exeter (h), W 3-1

Apr 2014 v Southend (h), L 0-3

Nov 2014 v Doncaster (h), L 1-3

Mar 2015 v Fleetwood (a), L 0-1

Oct 2015 v Chesterfield (h, JPT), W 2-1

Mar 2016 v Southend (h), W 4-1

Oct 2016 v Notts Co (h, CT), W 2-1

Feb 2017 v Fleetwood (a), D 0-0

Now in his sixth season on the league list, Jez 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 his promotion, he was an assistant referee on the Premier League and also a FIFA official, which meant he travelled overseas to ‘line’ at European and international matches.

Mr Simpson had previously visited Spotland on linesman duties, most notably in 2010/11 when he was on the line for the FA Cup tie against FC United of Manchester.

Last season Jeremy was chosen as one of the new Select Group 2 referees, meaning he mainly takes charge of games in the Championship.

He has continued officiating in that group this term and since the start of the campaign, Jez has refereed 16 matches (12 in the Championship), showing 66 yellow cards and two red.

His most recent Championship appointment was Middlesbrough v Sunderland.

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