RUFC - Ref Watch v Rochdale
Born on 18th February 1971, Darren started Refereeing in 1988 and progressed through the Northern Alliance and the Northern Premier Leagues.
He made the Football League assistant referee list in 1996 and 2 years later joined the Premier League list.
In 2000 he was made assistant referee for the last FA Cup final at the old Wembley between Chelsea and Aston Villa.
This led him to be promoted to the FIFA assistant referee list later that year.
He finally became a Football League referee in 2004.
Darren has taken charge at 3 previous Millers games, with none more intense than his first time in November 2005, when he reffed our FA Cup 1st round game v Mansfield Town.
As all Millers fans are painfully aware, we lost this tie 4-3 to a final minute goal from former player, Richie Barker, his 2nd of the game.
However, Darren was to play a major part in this tie by handing out 7 yellows and 2 reds.
He booked Rotherham players, Martin Butler and John Mullin for unsporting behaviour and Michael Keane and Phil Gilchrist for dissent.
Mansfield players, Gus Uhlenbeek, Joe Hjelde (both unsporting behaviour) and Simon Brown (dissent) also went into Darren's book.
Then in the 90th minute, just prior to Barker's winner, Keane and Uhlenbeek were both ordered from the field for violent conduct after clashing.
Darren's other, more sedate, Millers games were...
October 2006....Port Vale 1 Rotherham 3
4 yellows....Stefan Moore, (Vale) Lee Williamson, Justin Cochrane (Millers) all unsporting behaviour, and Will Hoskins (Millers) for dissent.
September 2007....Rotherham 0 Darlington 2
4 yellows....Graham Coughlan, (Millers) Ricky Ravenhill, Micky Cummins, Neil Austin (Darlington) all for unsporting behaviour.
This season so far, Darren has taken charge of 5 games, showing 15 yellows and just 1 red.
This was to Walsall's Michael Ricketts in their 2-1 home defeat to Darlington in the Carling Cup.
Ricketts had given the Saddlers an early lead before being sent off after 38 minutes for violent conduct.
Darren's Seasonal Record is...
2004-2005 Games 27 Yellows 63 Reds 3
2005-2006 Games 32 Yellows 108 Reds 9
2006-2007 Games 21 Yellows 61 Reds 5
2007-2008 Games 28 Yellows 82 Reds 6
League 2 Sat 09 Aug 2008 Bradford 2-1 Notts County 2 yellows
Carling Cup Tue 12 Aug 2008 Walsall 1-2 Darlington 2 yellows 1 red
League 2 Sat 16 Aug 2008 Chester 0-2 Wycombe 4 yellows
League 2 Sat 23 Aug 2008 Barnet 0-1 Brentford 6 yellows
League 1 Sat 06 Sep 2008 Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Yeovil 1 yellows
Games 113 Yellows 329 (2.91 per game) Reds 24 (1 every 4.70 games)
Darren will be assisted on Saturday by ...
Geoff C Law from Leicestershire
Tony Maton from Leicestershire
Fourth Official is...
James G Adcock from Nottingham
Thanks to Zipadeedoodah for this article