Date: 12th September 2009 at 12:24am
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Bradford City and Burton Albion have played each other before. But not under the watchful gaze of Mick Russell.

The forty one year old Mick is a Gas Service Engineer who started refereeing in the early 1990`s and making it onto the referees’ list in 2004. Since then he has officiated 173 games, 3 involving Bradford City and 2 involving Burton Albion.

So what do the statistics say about our referee? They say he hands out 2 yellow cards a game and a red card once in every 9 (having shown one two games ago that statistic should make for a sending-off free zone).

The Brewers have played once at home and once away. They didn’t score and conceded 7. Our fortunes have been little better. Away from home all three times we lost twice (2-0 and 3-1) one once, the FA Cup victory over MK Dons last season.

Since his first season in charge Mick Russell has proven himself as his own man. The first year he was a homer, 18 out of 32 games ending in home victories. He’s still most likely to see the visitors miserable but one in three games finishes in an away victory and one in four a draw.

So far he’s seen 3 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws in a surprisingly symmetrical pattern of DDDHHAAHA.

Seems like Mick Russell is quite a competent referee, who isn’t afraid to give decisions to the home or the away sides. I’m hoping (for those of you who’ll be there) that he takes charge in an impressive fashion.

He will be assisted by Paul Curry and Jonathan Hunt with Alf Greenwood as their Fourth Official. If you want to find out more about them then visit

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