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Rochdale 0 v 1 FC Halifax Town

Saturday, 2nd September 2023 Kick-off 15:00
Refwatch: Rochdale vs Halifax
Friday, 1st Sep 2023 11:59 by TVOS

Dale’s first league encounter with Halifax for 21 years on Saturday will be refereed by GARY PARSONS.

Based in the New Forest in Hampshire, it will be a Spotland debut and a long trip north for Mr Parsons, who has been refereeing in the National League since the 2017/18 season.

There is a back story to that tenure, though, as he missed the majority of the 2020/21 campaign after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Medical experts gave Gary a less than 50% chance of survival, but he remarkably overcame all the obstacles put in his way and refereed Woking v Wealdstone at the end of that season, as explained in this Sky Sports

Gary thought that match would be his swansong, but he was kept on for the following season and also refereed in 2022/23, including Halifax’s 1-1 draw at Maidstone last October.
Saturday will be his first appointment of this season.

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