RUFC- Ref Watch v Notts County
Darren has been refereeing since 1988 officiating firstly in the Northern Alliance League and Northern Premier League. In 1996 he became an Assistant Referee for the Football League and, two years later, he was appointed to the Premier League as an assistant there. In 2000 he became a FIFA Assistant Referee followed by becoming one of only three UK UEFA assistants in 2002. In 2004 he was appointed to the National List of Referees and caused a bit of a media stir three years later when he was sworn at in the car park at Valley Parade after the game by Dean Windass who then received a five match ban for his troubles.
Darren has been in charge of a few Millers games in the past, the last one being at Don Valley in November 2010 when Oxford were the visitors. The game saw three goals all of which came in the first half - two for Adam Le Fondre for the Millers with Simon Clist getting one for the O`s on the stroke of half-time. Ryan Taylor saw yellow that day along with two Oxford players.
Darren was last in charge of a Millers game earlier this season at the Proact Stadium which ended in a one-all draw with Chesterfield. In terrible conditions Jordan Bowery put the home side one up on three minutes but Kayode Odejayi equalised for the Millers six minutes into the second half giving both sides a point apiece.
In the fifteen games Darren has been in charge of this season he has shown forty-seven yellow cards and three red cards, one to Alan Sheehan of Notts County.
Running the lines on Saturday will be …
Darren Handley from Lancashire
Robert Merchant from Staffordshire
The Fourth Official will be ….
Mark Griffiths from South Yorkshire