Date: 11th October 2008 at 10:27am
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First it was Singh, then it was Laws, who’s in charge this week? It’s Michael Jones.

Jones began refereeing in 1983 so he brings 25 years of experience to the pitch this afternoon as the Bantams look to return to winning ways and, quite possibly, find themselves in 3rd place come the final whistle. Indeed, the official from Cheshire is far more at home at a level higher than League Two having taken charge of the Hull-Wigan game in the Premiership a few weeks ago.

The last time that Michael Jones oversaw either the Bantams or Stanley was in the 2006/07 season when Bradford City were yet to be relegated to League Two. He was in charge as the Bantams went down 1-0 at Carlisle.

Later that season he visited the Fraser Eagle Stadium where the hosts held the eventual Play-Off Champions, Bristol Rovers, to a 1-1 draw.

Jones will be assisted by J Stokes and P Tierney with a fourth official of K Evans. In this fixture last season the referee was injured during the early stages of the game (going one better than Mark Bower who was injured in the warm up). Jones will hope that K Evans is better than the fourth official in the corresponding fixture last season who when called upon to referee produced an entertaining but dubious performance.

City won this game last year, anything less than a repeat of that result is not an option.