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The Match Officials


Tuesday the 11th of March, Meadow Lane hosts League One side MK Dons. They currently sit 7th, one position outside of the play-offs. However, MK Dons are currently 6 points behind 6th place Peterborough united. All is to play for, as a side who's been aiming for promotion consecutively in recent years play Notts.

Notts of course come into the game having been defeated away from home to Rotherham United, yet managed to draw against 2nd place Leyton Orient. The Match Officials for Tuesdays game against MK Dons will be referee Geoff Eltringham, with his two assistants Nick Greenhalgh and Paul Thompson. The fourth official will be Mick Russell.


Match Officials


Referee; Geoff Eltringham has taken control of twenty games, he's been the referee in one F.A Cup tie and one Capital One Cup game. During these games he's issued a total of 70 yellow cards, whilst he's sent off a total of four players. He's featured five times in League One, six times in League Two and nine times in the Championship.

Interesting Fact – Three of the four red cards have taken place within Championship games, the fourth happened in a League One tie as Port Vale 2-2 to Stevenage FC (also to note a total of 7 yellow cards were also seen).


Assistant Referees; Nick Greenhalgh has been the 1st assistant five times so far this season. He's been the 2nd assistant three times and the fourth official twice. The majority of games come from the Championship, whilst he has featured in the League One and League Two a total of five times combined.

Paul Thompson has been the 2nd assistant eight times so far, these games feature four within League Two, once in League One and three times in the Championship. He hasn't featured with any of the competitive cups within the 2013/2014 season.

Interesting Fact – The highest amount of goals within one game for Paul Thompson stands at six, surprisingly all were scored by Charlton Athletic as they cast aside Barnsley. The highest amount of goals within a single game Nick Greenhalgh officiated was 3-1 Birmingham City win over Huddersfield Town.


Fourth Official; Mick Russell has been the fourth official once so far this season. He's featured as a referee four times within the Championship, twice in League One and twice in League Two. During these games he's officiated as the referee he's issued 22 yellow cards and avoided sending off a single player.

Interesting Fact – On Saturday 29th December 2012, Mick Russell made a staggering error as he booked Sheffield Wednesdays Jeremy Helan twice but failed to send him off! Are you thankful he's not the referee? Read about it here.


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