Simpson to referee televised Meadow Lane game

Jeremy Simpson and Roger East will be on duty this Sunday for the televised SkyBet League Two double header as Exeter face Stevenage and Notts County tackle leaders Plymouth.

Jeremy Simpson in action (Northampton v York - February 2015)
Last weekend: Simpson was the man in black for Derby’s 2-0 win over Brentford in the Championship in which he issued six yellow cards

JEREMY Simpson has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s televised SkyBet League Two clash between Notts County and Plymouth Argyle.

The 40-year-old will take charge as Derek Adams’s league leaders travel to Meadow Lane hoping to extend their two-point lead at the top of the fourth tier against mid-table County (KO 2:30pm, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by linesmen Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) while the fourth official is Chris Kavanagh (Manchester).

The Lancashire-based whistler – who is in his fifth season on the Football League list – will oversee his 11th game of the season in all competitions this weekend.

Simpson has also been appointed to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section clash between League One sides Rochdale and Chesterfield at Spotland on Tuesday night.

He has already handled three in the Championship, three in League One and two in League Two as well as Notts County’s 2-1 Capital One Cup first round win over Huddersfield in August.

Simpson sent off County midfielder Gills Swert at the John Smith’s Stadium – one of two red cards he has brandished with the other the dubious dismissal of Wolves’ Conor Coady in their goalless draw with Brighton.

He has also brandished 37 yellow cards so far and awarded one penalty – which also came in the aforementioned Championship game at Molineux.

Simpson – who has been fourth official for five games too this term – will make his first trip to Meadow Lane since Notts’ goalless draw with Coventry in April in the third-tier.

But it will be the first time he encounters Plymouth in his professional career which began with a Blue Square Premier fixture between York and Stevenage at the start of the 2008-09 season.

Simpson was promoted to the National List in 2010/11 and has mainly officiated in League One and League Two but has controlled 15 Championship games with his first coming in February 2013.

He was also the man in the middle for the 2012 Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley as York City beat Luton Town 2-1 to gain promotion for the first time since 2004.

Ricardo Moniz’s Notts County have won their last four home games in all competitions but languish in 16th place while the Pilgrims have won four, drawn one and lost one of their six away games this term.

Roger East referee (Norwich v Ipswich PO SF 2nd leg - 16th May 2015)
Last time: East’s previous Exeter game was their 3-0 loss at Plymouth 16 months ago while his last Stevenage match was also a 3-0 defeat – at Preston in September 2013 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Roger East will take charge of the other SkyBet League Two clash live on Sky Sports on Sunday when Exeter welcome Stevenage for the lunchtime game (KO 12:15pm).

The 50-year-old Premier League referee has officiated six games across all the divisions so far – with his only red card shown in his previous League Two match between Portsmouth and Morecambe in August to Pompey’s Enda Stevens.

He will be assisted at St James’s Park by Select Group linesmen Simon Long (Devon) and Marc Perry (West Midlands) while Football League whistler Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire) will be on fourth official duties.

The Wiltshire-based whistler started the season with three Football League games before handling two top-flight matches and the Capital One Cup tie between Sunderland and Manchester City.

Overall, he has brandished 21 yellow cards so far and awarded just one penalty which Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson converted in their 3-1 defeat at Southampton last month.

East – who has been on the Premier League list since the 2012/13 season – has also been used as a fourth official four times including twice last weekend at Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat by Southampton and Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Manchester United.

He is widely remembered for for dismissing Wes Brown rather than John O’Shea in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford back in March – despite his insistence in a PGMOL statement that he sent the correct man off.

East was involved in last season’s Championship play-offs – overseeing the semi-final second leg between Norwich and Ipswich before performing fourth official duties at the Wembley final.

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