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Sunday, 7th November 2021 Kick-off 15:00
Refwatch: Rochdale v Notts County (FA Cup)
Wednesday, 3rd Nov 2021 14:54 by TVOS
Ross Joyce is the man in charge of Dale’s FA Cup first round tie at home to Notts County on Sunday
This will be the fourth time the Cleveland official has refereed Dale in 2021, but the first game with fans in attendance.
In January, he was in the middle at Spotland for the 4-3 home defeat to Oxford, while in early March, Ross took charge at the Stadium of Light where Dale went down to a 2-0 loss to Sunderland.
In July, Mr Joyce refereed Dale’s friendly game against Luton in York, which the Championship side won 4-0.
Fittingly, Ross had previously been the referee in March 2020 when fans were last allowed into stadiums (before this season) for the home game versus Rotherham.
Dale, of course, won 3-1 that afternoon, which was our first victory in a league fixture with Mr Joyce as the referee.
Ross has refereed 15 previous Dale games, starting with an away match in February 2016 against Crewe.
Alex were 2-0 winners that afternoon, with future Dale player Bradden Inman netting one of their goals.
In the following 2016/17 season, Mr Joyce refereed three Dale matches, two of which ended in a bad way for Niall Canavan.
The Dale defender was sent-off in a 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers in early-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 2017!
Mr Joyce’s full list of Dale appointments is:
Feb 16 Crewe (a), L 0-2
Onto this this season, where, before Tuesday, when he was due at Fleetwood v Wigan, Mr Joyce had refereed 10 games, showing 40 yellow cards and two red.
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