North east referee Ilderton for the Turf

Last updated : 23 September 2005 By Tony Scholes

The Tyne & Wear official was last at Burnley back in November last year for the home game against Millwall when he had something of an erratic game, needless to say allowing the visitors to get away with the underhand tactics you would expect from a side managed by Dennis Wise.

We did get the last laugh though with the winner coming from what Millwall considered to be a hotly disputed penalty that was tucked away by Robbie Blake.

Now in his fourth season on the Football League list he is certainly not one of the card happy officials and to date has averaged little more than two yellow cards per game. He’s kept up that average this season with sixteen in eight games, seven of them going to home players and the other nine to away team players.

He’s twice had clean sheets but last week handed out five yellow cards and two red cards at the League One game between Huddersfield and Brentford. He’d rightly sent off Huddersfield’s Tom Clarke but with five minutes to go and Brentford leading 2-1 he sent off Andy Frampton for a second yellow but it was mistaken identity and it should have been a first yellow card for Sam Sodje. Ten men Brentford went on to concede two goals in stoppage time and lost 3-2.

Overall though there is no suggestion that he is going to go mad with the cards tomorrow and reports suggest he is a referee who will, as much as possible, allow the players to get on with playing. Two in a week, what have we done to deserve that?

He will be assisted by David Storrie and Paul Varley (both Yorkshire) and the fourth official is Jim Waring (Lancashire).

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