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MILLER HANDED YORK CLASH

1 May 2014

Scunthorpe’s final game of the 2013/2014 season will be officiated by referee veteran Nigel Miller of County Durham.

He will be making his first trip to Glanford Park since September 2011.

The home match against York City will have a celebratory feel after promotion was secured after the results in last weekend’s League Two action.

Miller will take charge of the game which could see the Iron promoted as champions of League Two, if Chesterfield and Rochdale fail to win their respective matches.

The last league match Miller refereed at Glanford Park was a 1-1 draw with Colchester United in September 2011. The match saw a total of eight yellow cards and one red as Scunthorpe goalscorer Bobby Grant received a red card for two bookable offences.

The final weekend of the Football League season sees the Iron playing their 46th League game, whilst Nigel Miller will be taking charge of his 21st game of the season and his eighth League Two match.
During his previous 20 games, Miller has issued 38 yellow cards and three red cards. He has also issued 10 penalties, with four of those coming in his last four matches.

There have only been three league matches this season in which Miller has not had to brandish any cards and one of those games was the Iron’s away trip to Mansfield Town which finished 2-0 to Scunthorpe, thanks to a brace from Paul Hayes.

He is a retired police officer, after spending 30 years in the service as Sergeant, Chief Firearms Instructor and Physical Training Instructor with the Durham Constabulary.

In his spare time he breeds birds and can keep up to 100 at any given time.

"I find it very relaxing looking after them and very satisfying," he said. "Life can be a bit hectic sometimes and it's a great way of getting away from it all, a great way in which to chill out."

He is an ex footballer himself and only took up being a referee at 31 when he picked up too many injuries to continue playing. He was a centre forward and twice picked up the top goal scorer award in the Derwent Valley League.

Miller has officiated in some huge matches as he ran the line in both the Community Shield final and the FA Cup final in 2003. Both matches were played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff and he says he will always remember those special matches.

"Everything about the Cup Final is special," he told the Football League website. "And everything - the build-up, the game - just flies by. It's almost finished before it's started but I still get goose bumps when I watch the video."

Miller, at 54 years of age, is one of the most senior Football League referees and will draw on his wealth of experience as he oversees Saturday’s match up which could climax with the League Two trophy being raised at Glanford Park.

He has refereed York City once this year, in a home win over Morecambe in January.

The linesmen for the final Scunthorpe United game of the season will be Nick Greenhalgh and Tom Nield, whilst the fourth official will be Wayne Grunnill.

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