Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Meet The Ref - Pompey Vs Latics, Alan Wiley

Meet The Ref - Pompey Vs Latics, Alan Wiley


The Portsmouth Vs Wigan Athletic game at Fratton Park will be refereed by Burtonwwod official Alan Wiley, just two weeks after he officiated in our game at the DW Stadium against Manchester City.

Of course Wiley has been in the news recently firstly he was the fourth official in the Manchester derby and was seen sharing a joke with Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has the Reds beat this weekends opponents Man City with a late, late, late goal that was well over the supposedly added time much to the annoyance of City manager Mark Hughes.

Then whilst refereeing Manchester United at Old Trafford in their game against Sunderland, United boss Alex Ferguson tore into Wiley claiming that the referee was unfit and struggled to keep up with play, Fergie ranted: 'He was not fit enough for a game of that standard. The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. It is an indictment of our game. You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher's dogs'

Fergie has since retracted his statement and issued an apology with one referee commenting: 'We`re getting sick of it, Ferguson is the past master. It deflects any criticism from his team and players and he succeeds every time. Why doesn`t he just talk to the match delegate?'

But Fergie`s comments led to a supposed rebuke on how the FA let him get away with murder by our boss Roberto Martinez, which has since been refuted as mis-interpreted, one way or another Alan Wiley has courted some controversy so far this season, but lets hope that Mr Wiley is not involved in any controversy in the game at the Fratton Park tomorrow.

The 49 year old official has been refereeing in the Football League since 1994 and a member of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 1999 and he ref'ed the Latics Vs Man United Carling Cup final in 2006.


Below is an excerpt from a recent interview that Wiley conducted with refworld.com:

How did you get introduced into refereeing?

I used to go with my father to watch professional football when I was younger, and like other fans I used to moan and groan about the match officials. That was when my father said to me 'If you think you can do any better, have a go at refereeing.' I took a referees course and that was how I started.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

It has to be the 2005/06 season when I was appointed as referee to both the Carling Cup Final and the FA Cup Final.

What is the best game you have officiated and why?

The 2006 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and West Ham United was the best game I have officiated. It is not very often you get an exciting and high scoring Cup Final, but this game ended 3-3 and a great advertisement for the English game. The bonus for me was that it was the Cup Final that I was appointed to.

In your opinion who is/was the best referee?

I can think of several referees who have been outstanding in the past and present. In the 1970's Jack Taylor was outstanding with is strong match control.

George Courtney was consistently good with his decision making and dealing with players. More recently, Philip Don was the model for consistency and for fitness, and over the past few years Graham Poll was always seen to manage top games both in England and abroad.

Obviously, Pierre Luigi Collina was outstanding in the way he prepared for games, down to the most intricate detail.

All those mentioned have been appointed to major European or World Finals, and England have a potential future World Cup Final referee in Howard Webb. Howard has taken the European stage by storm and has a fantastic future in front of him.


The full Alan Wiley interview on refworld.com can be accessed here

3 for £30



Get down to the ticket office and get your tickets bought, lets get behind the lads

Call the ticket office on 0871 66 33 552 or see
Latics.tv for full details

Bookmark and Share






You can listen to the Latics Speyk podcasts now by clicking on the player here:











[br]Powered by Podbean.com









Latics Speyk Car Stickers Have Arrived

Vital Wigan are pleased to announce that the Latics Speyk car stickers have arrived anyone who wants one follow the instructions in this link

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site


Vital Latics - Bringing you the Latics Speyk car stickers and the podcasts

It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved






Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday October 30 2009
Time: 12:43PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
He did ok in the City game
worbo
30/10/2009 12:46:00
0
Gotta love Wiley XD
mrcrowley
30/10/2009 16:23:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Friday - Latics Podcast - Blackpool Here We Come!

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, roll on Saturday and let's get to Blackpool

12th Man - Oh I Do Like To Be By The Seaside

There will be a party atmosphere at Bloomfield Road as the Latics look to clinch the League One. The annual outing to Blackpool is always something of a carnival atmosphere

Wigan Athletic - Premier League Free Transfers 2015/16

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should the Latics be interested in any of the following free transfers?

Chris McCann Voted Vital Latics Man Of The Match v Southend

Chris McCann has been voted the Vital Latics man of the match for his performance in last Saturday's 4-1 victory over Southend United at the DW Stadium

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Big Game Winners On Saturday?
Suggested By: Syd Little
Latics86%
Blackpool7%
Draw7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Wigan 44 23 15 6 84 36
2 Burton 44 24 9 11 81 19
3 Walsall 44 22 12 10 78 15
4 Millwall 44 22 9 13 75 20
5 Bradford 44 21 11 12 74 12
6 Barnsley 44 21 7 16 70 13
7 Gillingham 44 19 12 13 69 17
8 Scunthorpe 44 19 11 14 68 10
9 Sheff Utd 44 18 12 14 66 9
10 Rochdale 44 18 11 15 65 6
11 Port Vale 44 18 11 15 65 4
12 Coventry 44 17 12 15 63 14
13 Southend 44 16 11 17 59 -4
14 Peterborough 44 17 6 21 57 4
15 Bury 44 15 12 17 57 -15
16 Swindon 44 15 10 19 55 -10
17 Oldham 44 12 18 14 54 -9
18 Chesterfield 44 14 8 22 50 -13
19 Shrewsbury 44 13 11 20 50 -17
20 Fleetwood 44 11 15 18 48 -4
21 Blackpool 44 12 10 22 46 -15
22 Doncaster 44 11 12 21 45 -14
R Colchester 44 9 12 23 39 -41
R Crewe 44 6 13 25 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 12:30PM : Blackpool (a)
Sky Bet League One
May 8 2016 12:30PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet League One

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Whittleblue207
2.BrickLatic195
3.Moonay188
4.Thorpyness172
5.Noel Wards Leg92
6.hindleymonwafc90
7.Ihaventaclue79
8.Oscarbon72
9.worbo69
10.TRUE BELIEVER62