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Rochdale 3 v 1 Rotherham United
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Saturday, 7th March 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Refwatch: Dale v Rotherham United
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Ross Joyce is the man in charge of Dale’s League One encounter with Rotherham United on Saturday.

This will be the second time we have seen the Middlesbrough official this season, as he was also the man in the middle for the 1-1 midweek draw with Lincoln in September.

Last term Ross refereed three Dale matches, following three more in each of 2017/18 and three in 2016/17.

Two of his Joyce’s three Dale appointments in 2016/17 ended in a bad way for Niall Canavan.

The Dale defender was sent-off in a 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers in September and then again as we went down 4-0 at Bradford two months later.

It was perhaps just as well that Canavan wasn’t playing when Ross refereed the home game versus Northampton on 1st April!

His full list of Dale appointments is:

Feb 16 Crewe (a), L 0-2
Sep 16 Bristol R (a), D 2-2
Nov 16 Bradford (a), L 0-4
Apr 17 Northampton (h), D 1-1
Aug 17 Scunthorpe (h), D 1-1
Dec 17 Doncaster (a), L 0-2
Feb 18 MK Dons (h), D 0-0
Sep 18 Scunthorpe (a), D 3-3
Oct 18 Fleetwood T (a, CT), W 2-0
Jan 19 Man City U21 (h, CT), L 2-4
Sep 19 Lincoln (h), D 1-1

At 34-years-old, Ross is one of the EFL’s youngest referees, although he did officiate at Conference level for seven seasons before making the step up.

This culminated in him taking charge of the 2014/15 play-off final between Bristol Rovers and Grimsby in front of over 50,000 fans at Wembley.

And talking of Wembley, Mr Joyce finished last season with games there on consecutive weekends in May.

He firstly refereed the FA Vase Final between Chertsey Town and Cray Valley, before returning eight days later for Newport v Tranmere in the League Two play-off final.

Onto this this season and before Saturday, Ross had refereed 26 games, showing 112 yellow cards and three red.

His most recent match was Crewe v Macclesfield a fortnight ago.

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