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Ref-Watch: Rotherham United (A)

Some people are predicting a thrashing at the New York Stadium tonight. How many goals will referee JEREMY SIMPSON be jotting down in his notebook?

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Try and think of as many famous Jeremys as you can. You might think about Clarkson, Corbyn, perhaps even Kyle. Now think of as many famous Simpsons as you can. There’s Wallis, Homer and O.J to name a few. Add the two names together and you get Jeremy Simpson, a Football League ref from Lancashire who takes charge of Reading’s trip to Rotherham on Tuesday. That’s another err, brilliant (?!)  connection here on Ref-Watch. I’m here every week!*

Back to the serious stuff, and this will be Simpson’s 12th game of the 2015-16 season, and so far he has given 41 yellow cards and two red cards – an average of nearly four cards per game. He has also awarded one penalty, which was scored by Barnsley’s Conor Hourihane against Burton.

As for Simpson’s previous with Reading, well, there is none, as this will be the first time Jeremy has been the man in the middle for a Royals game. In his past two matches as an official for a Rotherham game though, it’s bad news, as The Millers have won both times, but that was in League One.

The Jeremys that I mentioned at the start, Clarkson, Corbyn and Kyle, are all controversial figures. Mr Simpson won’t want his name to be added to that contentious list at the end of play tonight.

*Sometimes I’m here twice a week, whilst during international breaks I’m not here at all. I’d cherish that time if I were you!