RUFC - Ref Watch v Northampton
For some reason the Football League have decided to honour the Millers with the presence of Trevor Kettle this weekend for the second time already this season.
When Mr Kettle was at the New York Stadium last month he didn't endear himself any more to the fans than he had on his previous occasions in charge of the Millers. Rotherham lost the game two-nil to Charlton Athletic but Rotherham fans will remember the game more for the fact that while Jamie Proctor laid in obvious agony on the floor, which left him having to have an operation and out for the rest of the season, Mr Kettle let play go on.
Rotherham United and Trevor Kettle have a bit of history - our game at Oakwell, back in 2005, was one that most Millers fans will never forget. It was one of the most inept displays of refereeing I've ever seen (and I've seen some lately!). It started well for the Millers and Shaun Barker put them in the lead just after the half-hour mark. On fifty-six minutes Deon Burton received a second yellow card after he was brought down by Steve Watt (I kid you not!) and ten minutes before the end Lee Williamson also saw red, for what, no one really knows, leaving the Millers down to nine men. Mick Harford was sent from the dugout by Mr Kettle and, in the fourth minute of three added on, Barnsley's Steve Watt got an equaliser, though whether the ball actually crossed the line is still debatable. Skipper, Colin Murdock went to have words with the referee at the final whistle and he too was shown a red card. Even the Barnsley players and fans were bemused by what was going on.
The last time Mr Kettle took charge of a Rotherham game was in August 2013 at the New York Stadium when the League One game against Preston North End ended goalless. Kari Arnason, Craig Morgan and Michael O'Connor saw yellow for the Millers with Paul Huntingdon also being booked for the visitors.
The 2012/13 season saw Mr Kettle in charge of two Millers games - the first one being at Northampton when Chris Hacket put the Cobblers one-up on twenty-six minutes with Ben Pringle equalising three minutes before half-time. But a goal from Alex Nichols on eight-six minutes was enough to give the home side all three points. He was also in the middle for our Boxing Day game at the New York Stadium against Port Vale. Louis Dodds and former Miller Tom Pope put the visitors two-up with Kieran Agard who had come off the subs bench earlier getting a consolation goal for the Millers. Mr Kettle booked Michael O`Connor (somewhat harshly it was thought) and Alex Revell that day plus four Vale players.
March 2012 was another game Mr Kettle was in the middle for away at Oxford. Scott Rendell and Asa Hart put the hosts in front with a Lewis Grabban penalty seven minutes from time giving the Millers a consolation goal.
The season before that Mr Kettle reffed Rotherham at the New Meadow which Shrewsbury won one-nil.
An away game at Crewe saw the Millers get all three points in October 2009. Crewe went ahead on nine minutes with a Steven Schumacher goal with Kevin Ellison replaying for the visitors six minutes later. In the second half Calvin Zola put the hosts ahead again but an Adam Le Fondre penalty seven minutes later saw the Millers draw level again. With five minutes to go Drew Broughton got the winner for Rotherham. Mr Kettle booked Ian Sharps and Nick Fenton that day.
Running the line on Saturday will be . . . .
Joe Simpson from Manchester
Richard Bartlett from Cheshire
The Fourth Official will be . . . .
Paul Newhouse from County Durham