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Burton Albion 1 v 2 Rochdale
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Saturday, 4th August 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Refwatch: Dale v Charlton
Thursday, 3rd May 2018 22:07 by TVOS

Tony Harrington is the man in charge of Saturday’s final game of the season versus Charlton Athletic.

Mr Harrington, a former PE teacher, is a member of the Select Group 2 list of referees, who mainly officiate in the Championship and at other high profile EFL fixtures.

The Hartlepool-based whistler will always have fond memories of the Crown Oil Arena as he kicked-off his Football League career there when Dale drew 0-0 with Northampton on the opening day of the 2012/13 campaign.

His next visit proved more eventful as Mr Harrington sent-off both Olly Lancashire and Jack O’Connell in Dale’s 4-0 loss to Scunthorpe in November 2013.

Despite what was thought at the time, it was hard to realistically argue against either decision.

Tony was also the referee when we visited Scunthorpe on Boxing Day 2014, but his performance wasn’t even commented on as Dale went down to a 2-1 defeat.

He was also the man in the middle at the Crown Oil Arena in February 2015 when we again lost 2-1, this time to Sheffield United.

And to continue a worrying, yet coincidental trend, Mr Harrington was at the Crown Oil Arena in October 2015 for Dale’s 3-1 defeat by Bradford.

However, Tony’s most recent Dale matches ended with fans in a much happier mood as he was in the middle for the 3-0 home win over Bury in March 2017 and the 1-0 defeat of Oldham last season.

In total this term, Tony has refereed 34 games, showing 117 yellow cards and six red.

His most recent appointment was the televised game between Aston Villa and Leeds three weeks ago.

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