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The Match Officials


On the 8th of March this Saturday, Notts County will be taking on 2nd position Leyton Orient. They will be seeking this opportunity to keep within distance of Championship chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leyton Orient have picked up 10 points in their last 5 games, they have David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie partnering successfully – a key aspect to their progression this season.

Notts will have to put aside the disappointment of being slaughtered by Rotherham United. We have some key games coming up, one's which we should win regardless and the home matches will be vital.

The Match Officials for Saturday's game at the Meadow Lane Stadium will be referee Graham Salisbury, with his two assistance Andrew Fox and Stephen Ross. The fourth official will be Danny Gratton.


Match Officials;


Referee; Graham Salisbury has taken control of nineteen games, he's been the referee in one F.A Cup tie and two Capital One Cup games. During these games he's issued a total of 61 yellow cards, whilst he's only sent off one player. He's featured seven times in League One, seven times in League Two and five times in the Championship.

Interesting Fact – Graham Salisbury is now in his 13th season as a Football League referee and he's been joined by his son Michael, who's also an assistant referee within the Football League.


Assistant Referees; Andrew Fox has been the 1st assistant three times so far this season. He's been the 2nd assistant 5 times and the fourth official twice. The majority of games come from League One, although equally are the amount of times Andrew Fox has featured in the Championship and League Two a total of three times each.

Stephen Ross has been the 2nd assistant four times so far, these games feature two within League Two, once in League One and once in the Championship. He's refereed several lower division games, including the F.A Trophy.

Interesting Fact – If you swapped Stephen Ross's name around, you would find a player with the exact name playing in the Welsh league with Prestatyn Town. If the end assistant is poor on Saturday, sadly this is not the reason!


Fourth Official; Danny Gratton has been the fourth official twice, once within the Championship as Wigan Athletic beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 and again in League One as Rotherham United beat Shrewsbury Town 3-0. He's featured as the 2nd assistant three times and the 1st assistant four times.

Interesting Fact – Sadly I couldn't track down anything interesting with regards to Danny Gratton, I did however learn a lot about a person with a similar name. However, this wouldn't be beneficial for this feature!


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dear ref, can you please jump on the Notts County team coach just for a change.

Tim Robinson (Rotherham Match Official) was pretty fair to us, he should have carded several players and perhaps some would be suspended now. For the sake of it though, I agree with you. I'll go as far as buying him a NCFC shirt from the club shop Julie!

It sounds a good deal to me. ;)

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dear ref, can you please jump on the Notts County team coach just for a change.

The refs have jumped on Notts players enough this season without jumping on the team coach as well!

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Yeah that's true, he needs to give us a break a bit, and concentrate more on what the away side (when at Meadow Lane) is getting away with week in and week out.

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