Anthony Bates from Staffordshire will take charge of Neil Warnock’s return to Sheffield United this weekend.
Promoted to the referee’s list in 1996, Mr Bates has had a refereeing career spanning over ten years. However he is yet to reach the heights of the Premier League, refereeing mainly across the board in the Football League.
Mr Bates has met Rangers 13 times previously – most recently taking charge of a Rangers defeat earlier this campaign.
At Bramall Lane on Saturday he will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt (County Durham) and Ryan Johnson (Greater Manchester) , with the fourth official Alf Greenwood (Yorkshire).
Thus far this season Mr Bates has taken charge of 26 games this season, dishing out 80 yellows and one red – giving him an average of 3.12 cards per game.
Mr Bates took charge of the R`s 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the league cup back in 1999, as Richard Langley and a Jason Fowler own goal saw the R`s through against the Bluebirds who included Matthew Brazier in their line-up.
Probably Mr Bates most memorable R`s game, was one where Rangers witnessed their relegation from Division One. Delroy Facey`s last minute winner condemned the R`s to the drop, with Huddersfield fans dancing and gloating – little did they know they would drop that season never to return.
Bournemouth travelled to Loftus Road in Division Two with Richard Hughes being sent off for the visitors in the final minute in a 1-1 draw in W12. While in the following season Richard Langley`s stunning hatrick away at Blackpool under the watchful eye of Mr Bates all but secured the R`s passage into the play-offs.
The following season Mr Bates took charge of the R`s at Bloomfield Road once again, this time Martin Rowlands slotting the winner after a goal-keeping master-class from Chris Day saved Rangers under a barrage of pressure.
Mr Bates officiated two Rangers games upon their return to the Championship, the first was Lee Cook`s return to Vicarage Road in a 3-0 defeat with Gavin Mahon going into the book for the hosts, while Martin Rowlands netted a solitary goal in Rangers away win at Rotherham.
Mr Bates has FA Cup pedigree when it comes to QPR as he presided over a controversial late equaliser against Luton Town.
In the 2006/07 season Dexter Blackstock handed the R`s the lead on a rainsoaked pitch in W12. Inspired by Rowan Vine, Luton Town came back with Vine himself netting just before half time before Warren Feeney put the Hatters in front after the break.
However Shabazz Baidoo stole the show as his effort allegedly punched into the goal was met with delight from the Loftus Road crowd. The R`s went on to lose the replay with an own goal straight out of the Zesh Rehman repertoire.
The other game that season was when the R`s clung on to a goal-less draw away at Leeds United, who were subsequently relegated.
An Akos Buzsaky trademark stunner saw the R`s take the lead against Coventry City last season, but Mr Bates then saw Coventry peg the R`s back with a last minute goal from Kevin Kyle rounding off the win.
This campaign Mr Bates oversaw Rangers disappointing away draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City. A goalless draw that on the face of it looks a decent result, however when you consider the Swans were without a goalkeeper for over an hour of the fixture and the R`s failing to register a shot on target, it was a real disappointment.
Iain Dowie ultimately paid the price with his job, as Flavio Briatore wouldn`t stand for what he deemed negative football and a selection of poor results.
Gareth Ainsworth was in charge for Mr Bates’ most recent QPR fixture, the FA Cup tie at home to Burnley. Rangers were looking to dispel an unwanted winless record in the competition going back to 2001.
The 0-0 stalemate meant the sides would have to play again at Turf Moor, where Rangers came unstuck courtesy of a strike from Jay Rodriguez.
Meanwhile earlier this season Jim Magilton’s QPR were taught a lesson at the hands of Doncaster Rovers, with goals from Billy Sharp and Dean Shiels sparking a decline in Rangers form and the demise of Magilton’s position.
Mr Bates & Queens Park Rangers
Cardiff City 1-2 QPR – 10-08-1999
Goals: Jason Bowen 67; Richard Langley 32, Jason Fowler 65og.
Booked: Michael Ford; Richard Langley, Danny Maddix
Huddersfield Town 2-1 QPR – 21-04-2001
Goals: Dean Gorre 33, Delroy Facey 90; Andy Thomson 43.
Booked: Andy Booth; Peter Crouch, Chris Plummer, Karl Ready.
QPR 1-1 Bournemouth – 22-01-2002
Goals: Steve Palmer 39; Warren Feeney 60.
Booked: Marcus Bignot; Richard Hughes.
Sent Off: Richard Hughes.
Blackpool 1-3 QPR – 29-01-2003
Goals: Scott Taylor 90; Richard Langley 35, 65, 85.
Booked: Mike Flynn, John Hills; Marc Bircham, Clarke Carlisle, Kevin McLeod.
Blackpool 0-1 QPR – 10-01-2004
Goals: Martin Rowlands 38
Booked: Danny Coid, Gareth Evans, Richie Wellens; Marc Bircham, Clarke Carlisle, Kevin Gallen, Martin Rowlands.
Watford 3-0 QPR – 09-08-2004
Goals: Danny Webber 12, 59, Bruce Dyer 45.
Booked: Neil Cox, Gavin Mahon; Kevin McLeod, Martin Rowlands.
Rotherham United 0-1 QPR – 19-03-2005
Goals: Martin Rowlands 53.
Booked: John Mullin, Michael Keane, Martin McIntosh; Paul Furlong, Martin Rowlands, Danny Shittu.
QPR 2-2 Luton Town – 06-01-2007
Goals: Dexter Blackstock 32, Shabazz Baidoo 76; Rowan Vine 45, Warren Feeney 46.
Booked: Leon Barnett, Richard Langley, Steve Robinson.
Leeds United 0-0 QPR – 20-02-2007
Booked: Jonathan Douglas, Hayden Foxe; Dexter Blackstock, Lee Camp, Danny Cullip, Sampsa Timoska.
QPR 1-2 Coventry City – 06-11-2007
Goals: Akos Buzsaky 50; Michael Mifsud 61, Kevin Kyle 90.
Swansea City 0-0 QPR – 21-10-2008
Yellow Cards: Akos Buzsaky, Damien Delaney, Mikele Leigertwood, Martin Rowlands, Damion Stewart.
QPR 0-0 Burnley – 03-01-2009
Yellow Cards: NONE
Doncaster Rovers 2-0 QPR – 21-11-2009
Goals: Billy Sharp 53, Dean Shiels 65
Yellow Cards: Mikele Leigertwood
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