Sixteen match officials promoted from National League to EFL
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The referees to move up are Ben Atkinson, Matt Corlett, Ed Duckworth, Scott Jackson, Jacob Miles, Scott Simpson, Scott Tallis and Derbyshire’s Danny Middleton.
Corlett was the referee for Chesterfield’s play-off final defeat to Notts County, awarding Andy Dallas an early penalty.
And joining them are assistant referees Karl Buckley, Shaun Farrer, Jack Forder, Andrew Hickman, Callum Jones, Stuart Kane, Daniel Robinson and Ryan Williams.
The standard of officiating in the National League has been heavily criticised in the past but this perhaps shows there has been an improvement this season.
But with these officials going up a level it may leave some concerned about what the standard might be like next term.
Announcing the news, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, said: “PGMOL is delighted to announce the promotions of sixteen officials to the National Group for the 2023/24 season. Following their promotions, these officials will primarily operate on Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet LeagueTwo fixtures.”
Derbyshire FA added: “A huge congratulations to Derbyshire FA referee Danny Middleton on his promotion to the National Group for next season.”