RUFC - Ref Watch v Hartlepool
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 including one 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 in charge of two Millers games last year, firstly the game at the, then, B2Net Stadium in the one-all draw, in terrible conditions, with Chesterfield and then again in December at the New York Stadium when Notts County were the visitors in the FA Cup. Yoann Arquin put the visitors in front just after the half-hour mark but a goal ten minutes later from Ben Pringle gave the Millers the draw and a replay at Meadow Lane.
The last time Darren was involved in a Millers game was earlier this year when Sheffield Wednesday came to the New York Stadium in the Capital One Cup. Darren's first job on the night was to delay kick-off to allow all the fans to get in. Ben Pringle opened the scoring on ten minutes but Rhys McCabe equalised thirteen minutes later. Seven minutes before half-time along came Lee Frecklington who unleashed a cracker of a shot from twenty-five yards out that flew into the back of the net to make it two-one to the Millers. On seventy-eight minutes Jermaine Johnson, who had come off the subs bench twenty minutes earlier, saw a red card for head butting Pringle. Darren showed yellow cards to Joe Skarz, Matt Tubbs and Kieran Agard from the home side and the Owls Michail Antonio and Jeremy Helan.
This season Darren has shown thirty-nine yellow cards and seven red cards in the twelve games he has been in the middle for.
Running the Line on Tuesday night will be ...David Richardson
from West Yorkshire
and Anthony Tankard
from South Yorkshire
The Fourth Official will be … Billy Khatib
from County Durham