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Tuesday, 19th January 2021 Kick-off 19:00
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Seb Stockbridge travels down from Newcastle to take charge of Dale’s game at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday.

Mr Stockbridge is his eighth season on the National List and this is his 11th Dale game at this level.

We last saw him in September when he was at the Crown Oil Arena for the Carabao Cup tie versus Sheffield Wednesday, a game The Owls won 2-0.

Last season he refereed our FA Cup replay win over Wrexham, while 11 months earlier, Seb was also at the Crown Oil Arena in FA Cup action as Dale took on Portsmouth, although this time we lost 1-0 in the second round tie.

Before that Stockbridge had officiated Dale four times in 2017, starting with the first match of that year at Walsall, which ended in a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Ian Henderson and Joe Thompson.

Two months later he was at the Crown Oil Arena for the thrilling 3-3 draw with Sheffield United and after another month he returned for Dale’s 3-0 midweek defeat of Port Vale as a late replacement for Ben Toner.

Towards the end of 2017, Mr Stockbridge was back at the Crown Oil Arena when Dale entertained Blackburn in the Checkatrade Trophy, a game which ended 1-1 before Keith Hill’s men won on penalties.

In August 2013, Seb’s second Football League appointment was Dale’s match at Burton.

Fans will remember Peter Cavanagh being sent-off early in that game, before Dale slumped to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of Olly Lancashire’s own goal.

Early in 2015/16, Seb was in charge at the Crown Oil Arena for the visit of Shrewsbury, a game in which Dale raced into a 3-0 lead, before being pegged-back to 3-2 before half-time. Thankfully, there was no further scoring.

He was also the referee for our friendly at Bury in August 2014 which ended in a 3-3 draw.

Mr Stockbridge’s life on the National List has been fairly uneventful and he has largely refereed in League One and League Two.

So far this term Seb has taken charge of 16 games, showing 54 yellow cards and two red. His most recent appointment was Harrogate v Carlisle last Tuesday, although he had to postpone the match due to floodlight failure!

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