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Rob Jones (referee)

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Rob Jones
Full name Robert Jones
Born Merseyside,England
Years League Role
2009–2016 The Football League Assistant Referee
2014–2016 Conference Referee
2016–2017 League One and Two Referee
2017–2020 Championship Referee
2020– Premier League Referee

Rob Jones is an English football referee who primarily officiates in the Premier League.


Rob Jones has quickly progressed through the ranks by becoming a Premier League referee just six years since refereeing his first game in the conference.

He got promoted to take charge of games in League's One and Two for the start of the 2016/17 season.[1]

In December 2017, Rob was invited to be a Select Group 2 referee which saw him primarily referee in the Championship. He took charge of a Premier League game for the first time on 21 December 2019, a 1–0 win for Sheffield United away to Brighton.

For the start of the 2020–2021 season, Jones was promoted to the Select Group 1 Referees list which will see him referee mainly in the Premier League.[2]


Jones has refereed many big games including three Play-Off Final's all of which were at Wembley Stadium.

He took charge of the 2016 National League play-off Final where Grimsby won promotion to the Football league with a 3–1 win over Forest Green.

Two years later, he returned to Wembley to referee the 2018 EFL League One play-off Final where Rotherham beat Shrewsbury 2–1 after extra time to win promotion to the Championship.

In 2020, he refereed the League One play-off Final for a second time with Wycombe beating Oxford 2–1 to earn promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history. Jones awarded Wycombe a penalty with just 11 minutes left, this turned out to be the match winning moment. This match was played behind closed doors at Wembley due to the Cornavirus pandemic.[3]

During his time as a EFL Championship referee, Rob took charge of some of the Championship's biggest derby games including Aston Villa vs Birmingham City, Ipswich Town vs Norwich City, Nottingham Forest vs Derby County and Swansea City vs Cardiff City.


  1. "Rob Jones". EFL. 16 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. "Referees England and Jones promoted to Select Group 1". Premier League. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  3. "Referee appointments: Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final". EFL. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

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