Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Meet The Ref - Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

Jeremy Simpson (Carnforth)

We’re off down the M6 on Saturday to Villa Park, the Latics will be looking to build on their great opening day win over Sheffield Wednesday, ensuring that both teams stick to the rules will be Carnforth official Jeremy Simpson.

Simpson has a bit of history with our opponents Aston Villa, he felt the wrath of Villa boss Steve Bruce on two occasions, both at Villa Park, a red card against Bolton last September and some ‘dodgy’ decisions in a fiery game against Cardiff in April when he booked 9 players in total, 5 of which were Villa players.

A former Premier League and FIFA International assistant referee, Simpson is part of the ‘Select Group 2’ of professional ref’s after rising rapidly through the refereeing ranks, he was at Conference level in 2012 and only found his feet in the Championship in the 2015/16 campaign when of the 35 games he took charge of over the season just 15 were at 2nd tier level.

Last weekend he was in charge of the Sheffield United v Swansea game which finished in a 1-2 away win for the Swans, in the match Simpson awarded just 12 free kicks, allowing the game to flow, he didn’t  hand out a single card, a bit of a rarity these days.

Simpson took charge of two Latics’ games last campaign, both in the Football League Trophy, 1-1 draw away at Blackpool, which we won on pens and our 0-4 home defeat to Accrington when we fielded the under15s!   

Jeremy Simpson Card Watch 2017/18

Games – 42
Yellows – 167
Reds – 10

Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Assistants - Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton
Fourth Official - Mark Heywood

 Jeremy Simpson 

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