Jeremy Simpson will referee Scunthorpe’s clash against Bristol City at Glanford Park this Saturday.Simpson refereed in two of the Iron’s games last season, both of which ended goalless. The 39-year-old officiated in Scunthorpe’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy stalemate against Sheffield United, which was won by the Blades on penalties.
The other fixture, which was also his last encounter with the claret and blue, was the 0-0 draw away at Hartlepool, a game in which Simpson dished out two bookings – one for each side.
The 39-year-old made his professional debut as a referee in the 2008/09 season, taking charge of what was then a Blue Square Premier fixture between York and Stevenage. Overall, he has mainly been chosen to referee games in the third and fourth tier of English football and has appeared as a referee in over 70 matches in the Football League.
He was trusted to take charge of the 2011/12 Conference Playoff Final between Luton Town and York City. The game finished 2-1 to York, who secured their return to the Football League for the first time since 2004.
Last season, Simpson was the man in black 33 times, dishing out 90 yellow cards and five red cards. He was at his busiest in the League Two clash between York and Mansfield, dismissing two players while handing out six bookings.
During the current campaign he has refereed in every tier of the Football League, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup. So far, in 19 games he has issued 70 yellow cards while sending off seven players.
On Saturday, Simpson will be joined by Helen Byrne and Ross Joyce, who will be running the lines, while Alix Pashley has been chosen as the Fourth Official.