Jones the whistle

Last updated : 01 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

The 47 year-old official is now in his 14th season on the list and this, because of his age, should be his last. He is still very much a Premiership referee and he has refereed most of his games this season at that level.

In 21 games so far this season he has issued 61 yellow cards and 4 red cards. As is the case with most referees more yellow cards have been given to away team players but with Peter Jones it is not quite so exaggerated as with others. Of the 61 yellow cards 25 have been issued to home team players and 36 to away team players. Although he hasn't kept a clean sheet this season there have been a number of games with just one yellow card and the most he has issued in a game is five.

He has refereed just two First Division games this season but three of his three red cards have come in these two games. In August he sent off Birmingham's Martin Grainger and Danny Sonner in their 2-1 win at Walsall and Paul Devlin of Sheffield United (now Birmingham) saw red in the Blades 1-0 defeat at Wolves. In the Premiership he sent of Liverpool's Stephen Wright in their 2-0 win at Charlton.

Although he hasn't covered a previous Burnley game this season he was in charge of Norwich's two FA Cup ties against Chelsea in January.

He took charge of two Burnley games last season. The first was the 1-1 home draw against Gillingham when Paul Cook and Steve Davis were the two Burnley players in five to receive yellow cards. A few weeks later he was referee when we won 3-2 at Tranmere. This time there were just three yellow cards and again we received two of them, Steve Davis and Graham Branch.

In our 1999/2000 promotion season he was referee for the 2-1 home win against Cardiff. Gordon Armstrong scored for the Clarets that day and was also the only Burnley player in three to get a yellow card.

Prior to that in recent seasons he was exclusive to the Premiership and so there are no other Burnley games to report and tomorrow looks likely to be his last ever appearance at Turf Moor.