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James Adcock to referee Manchester City Under-21s trophy encounter

28 September 2020

James Adcock will be the man in the middle for the Iron's home EFL Trophy clash against Manchester City Under-21s on Tuesday.

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The Nottinghamshire-based official will travel to the Sands Venue Stadium for his fourth game of the season and second in Sky Bet League Two. It will be his first visit to the stadium in over six years.

Formerly a Select Group Two referee until the end of last season, the official has had an injury plagued few years which kept him out of action from April 2017 until March 2019, missing the entirety of 2017-18 and taking charge of just one league encounter in 2018-19. He managed 15 games last season with a six-week lay-off in October and his last game coming at the start of February.

He qualified as a referee in 2000, aged 16, following in his father’s footsteps, who also officiated on the EFL. Adcock was appointed to the EFL as an assistant referee in 2008 and to the National List of Referees in 2011-12. He had also previously worked as a PE teacher at a secondary school for nine years. 
His first game of the campaign was a goalless draw between Stoke City and Blackpool in the Carabao Cup which ended up with the Potters winning 5-4 on penalties. Adcock issued one caution. Meanwhile, his last game was ten days ago, issuing two yellows and a red in Harrogate Town's 2-2 first-ever game in the EFL as they held Walsall.

Prior to his initial injury, Adcock was a regular match official in the Championship and completed the 2016-17 season having taken charge of 28 games, showing 88 yellow cards and two reds.

He's refereed the Iron on five occasions in total, most recently in August 2019 when he oversaw the narrow defeat at Macclesfield Town. Before that, he was in charge in October 2014 at Vale Park, showing five yellow cards and one red on that night, with the dismissal going to Jennison Myrie-Williams on his return to his former club. In total, across the five games, he's shown 22 yellow cards and three reds.

Meanwhile, he's yet to take charge of Manchester City's Under-21s side.

So far in this campaign, he has officiated in three encounters, showing five yellows and one red.

On Tuesday, Adcock will be assisted by Paul Newhouse and David Avent, while Daniel Middleton has been appointed as the fourth official.


Aug 24, 2019 LG 2 Macclesfield Town 1-0 Iron 4 0
Oct 21, 2014 LG 1 Port Vale 2-2 Iron 5 1
Mar 29, 2014 LG 2 Iron 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers 3 0
Aug 25, 2012 LG 1 Iron 0-4 Yeovil Town 6 0
Mar 6, 2012 LG 1 Oldham Athletic 1-2 Iron 4 2



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