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James Adcock to referee Walsall home clash

22 April 2021

James Adcock will be the man in the middle for the Iron's home league clash against Walsall on Saturday.

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The Nottinghamshire-based official will travel to the Sands Venue Stadium for his 14th game of the season and eighth in Sky Bet League Two.

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 last Saturday when he took charge of Harrogate's 2-1 home win over Bradford City, issuing two yellow cards.

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.

In midweek, he was fourth official to Martin Coy in the game between Bolton Wanderers and Carlisle United.

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. He was due to take charge of the Papa John's Trophy clash against Manchester City's Under-21s last year and the away game at Barrow earlier this year, but he came off both games due to injury.

Meanwhile, he's taken charge of Mansfield on six previous occasions with the last coming earlier in the season away at Harrogate. He dismissed the Saddlers' Danny Guthrie on the day, with the side drawing their last three games with him in charge. Across the six games, he's shown seven yellow cards and one red.

So far in this campaign, he has officiated in 13 encounters, showing 27 yellows and two reds.

On Saturday, Adcock will be assisted by Marc Wilson and David Hunt, while Ben Toner has been appointed as the fourth official.

PAST SCUNTHORPE UNITED ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP MATCH Y
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

PAST WALSALL ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP MATCH Y
Sep 19, 2020 LG 2 Harrogate Town 2-2 Walsall 2 1
Feb 27, 2016 LG 1 Burton Albion 0-0 Walsall 1 0
Sep 20, 2014 LG 1 Gillingham 0-0 Walsall 1 0
Feb 9, 2013 LG 1 Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Walsall 2 0
Sep 18, 2012 LG 1 Stevenage 3-1 Walsall 1 0
Aug 30, 2011 EFLT Walsall 2-1 Shrewsbury Town 0 0

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