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Football League referee appointed for Curzon’s FA Cup tie
Saturday 3rd December 2016 @ 07:55 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Football Sports

A Football League referee will take charge of Curzon Ashton’s televised FA Cup second round tie with AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

James Adcock, from Nottinghamshire, has been appointed to what is regarded as the biggest game of the Tameside club’s 53-year history on Sunday, in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Adcock is part of the newly formed Select Group 2 – a group of 18 full-time referees who, from this season, primarily officiate in the SkyBet Championship.

He will be assisted by Natalie Aspinall of Lancashire and Glen Hart of County Durham, with Nigel Miller (County Durham) on fourth official duties.

At the age of 32, Adcock is one of the youngest referees in the English Football League, in which he has five years of experience.

One of his most high-profile games to date featured Wimbledon, in their win over Luton Town on penalties in the 2011 Conference Play-Off Final at the Etihad Stadium just before his promotion.

The secondary school PE teacher has brandished 52 yellow cards, sent off one player and awarded three penalties in 18 games in all competitions so far this term.

Half of his games this term have come in the Championship but he hasn’t handled a second-tier game since Brentford’s 2-0 west London derby win at QPR on October 26, live on Sky Sports.

Adcock, who has openly stated his ambitions to become a future Premier League referee, has encountered several top-flight teams in cup competitions and has been fourth official for a number of Premier League games in recent seasons.

Meanwhile, John Flanagan’s Curzon, of the National League North, are looking to bridge a gap of three divisions when Neal Ardley’s newly-promoted League One side make the trip from London.

Kick off at the Tameside Stadium is at 12:00 GMT.

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Established: Adcock, who followed in the footsteps of his father in becoming a referee, has officiated more than 150 Football League games (Picture by Jordan Mansfield/