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Mike Jones (referee)


Mike Jones (referee)

Mike Jones
Premier LeagueReferee

Michael J. Jones (born 18 April 1968) is an English professional football referee based in Chester. He is a member of the Cheshire County Football Association.

He began refereeing in the Football League in 1997 and was promoted in 2008 to the list of Select Group Referees who officiate all Premier League fixtures. In 2009 he refereed the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium.


Jones was promoted to the Football League's list of referees in 1997, his first match in charge being Mansfield Town against Hull City in August of that year.

His first game at Wembley Stadium was also in 2007: the Football League Two play-off final which saw Bristol Rovers defeat Shrewsbury Town 3–1. Jones dismissed Shrewsbury's Marc Tierney in the last minute for a second bookable offence: Tierney becoming the second man to be sent off at the new Wembley.

In 2008 Jones became a Select Group referee, allowing him to regularly officiate games in the Premier League. His first match in England's top league was Hull City versus Wigan Athletic in August of that year.

In October 2009 Jones infamously allowed to stand a bizarre goal scored by Darren Bent for Sunderland against Liverpool. Bent's shot at goal took a deflection off a beach ball which had been thrown onto the pitch by a fan in the Liverpool supporters' section. Under the Laws of the Game, the beach ball should have been considered an "outside agent" and Jones should have disallowed the goal and awarded a drop-ball.[1] He was subsequently demoted for one week to officiate a match in the Football League Championship the following weekend.[2] The beach ball from the incident is on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

He was the fourth official for the 2012 FA Cup Final in May 2012.[3]

In October 2013 Jones was required to act upon another bizarre incident where a goal was apparently scored under controversial circumstances. In the final moments of a Premier League game between Norwich City and Cardiff City which was to end 0–0, Cardiff's goalkeeper David Marshall had put the ball out of play to allow Norwich's Alexander Tettey to receive treatment from a physio. Ricky van Wolfswinkel took the subsequent throw for Norwich and his teammate Leroy Fer tapped the ball into the net as Marshall looked on. The apparent goal, which sparked a brawl on the pitch, was disallowed by Jones who stated he had not blown his whistle to restart play. Cardiff's manager Malky Mackay praised the official's decision.[4]


Season Games Total Booked Booked per game Total Red card Red card per game
1997/98 29 68 2.34 2 0.07
1998/99 33 82 2.48 4 0.12
1999/00 38 82 2.16 5 0.13
2000/01 34 68 2.00 10 0.29
2001/02 36 111 3.08 9 0.25
2002/03 30 76 2.53 3 0.10
2003/04 33 103 3.12 8 0.24
2004/05 37 88 2.38 7 0.19
2005/06 39 109 2.79 5 0.13
2006/07 41 160 3.90 12 0.29
2007/08 45 134 2.98 7 0.15
2008/09 38 110 2.89 6 0.16
2009/10 33 110 3.33 5 0.15
2010/11 35 119 3.40 6 0.17
2011/12 33 112 3.39 9 0.27
2012/13 31 85 2.74 3 0.10

Statistics are for all competitions. There are no available records prior to 1997/98.[5]


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