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Refwatch: Dale v Fleetwood
Friday, 9th Feb 2018 05:38 by TVOS

Dale’s home game against Fleetwood on Saturday will be officiated by a headline writer’s dream in the shape of Leicestershire referee Trevor Kettle.

References to whistling and things boiling over are sure to surface, especially if Mr Kettle grabs the headlines as he has been prone to do down the years.

He joined the league list in 2003 and one of his first games was Dale’s fine 3-1 win at Torquay in which Robert Betts scored twice and Michael Simpkins was sent-off.

Later that term Trevor was the referee for the famous ‘goose game’ at Scunthorpe, where the invading bird was one of the few performers on the pitch not to be shown a yellow card – Mr Kettle ridiculously booking 11 players having made a rod for his own back early in the match.

Trevor’s most recent Dale appointment was in November 2016 when he refereed our 3-0 defeat at Gillingham, while his last appearance at the Crown Oil Arena was just before Christmas 2015 when he saw us come from behind to record a 3-1 win over Colchester.

That was Mr Kettle’s tenth Dale game and his full list of appointments is:

Aug 03 Torquay v Rochdale W 3-1

Apr 04 Scunthorpe v Rochdale D 2-2

Oct 06 Rochdale v Stockport L 1-3

Feb 09 Rochdale v Grimsby W 2-0

Jan 12 Rochdale v Preston D 1-1

Oct 12 Rochdale v Oxford W 2-0

Apr 14 Mansfield v Rochdale L 0-3

Jan 15 Rochdale v Crawley W 4-1

Dec 15 Rochdale v Colchester W 3-1

Nov 16 Gillingham v Rochdale L 0-3

Trevor has refereed 28 games this season, showing 99 yellow cards and five red. His most recent outing was Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury last Saturday.

Dale fans may also be interested to know that one of the linesman is Joe Simpson, whose father is former Rochdale boss, Paul Simpson…

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