UK time is: 08:55:37
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Meet The Ref - Latics v Blackpool - Mark Halsey


The Wigan Athletic v Blackpool game at the DW Stadium on Saturday will see a return to the Premier League for 49 year old referee Mark Halsey who has been out of action since last August when he was diagnosed with lymphoma of the glands and had surgery to have a tumour removed from his throat.

The former Barnet and Cambridge City goalkeeper underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy following the surgery and felt at the time that he`d never get back to refereeing, there is a good interview with Halsey in the Daily Mirror and he tells his own story much better I than ever could.

The Bolton based ref is now in remission and he returned to Football League action at the back end of last season when he took charge of the Rotherham v Port Vale game at the Don Valley Stadium in April, speaking after that game to BBC local radio Halsey said about returning:

'It's something I'll never forget'

'It was very overwhelming, I was crying. It was great to be back and the players were fantastic.'

'Obviously those who've been through chemotherapy and radiotherapy know what it's like to put poison into your body in the way that I've had to for four or five months.

'I never thought I'd get back, especially when I failed a fitness test in February.

'And like the fans today with their applause, the ordinary supporters have been fantastic with me and inspired me to get back to this level.'

'It was great to be out there, to have the players and managers moaning at me'

'I thought 'welcome back Mark, some things never change' and to show no yellow cards is fantastic, I'm very happy.'


So Mark Halsey will be at the DW Stadium this Saturday and he is certainly his own man as this snippet of an interview from refworld.com proves:

Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?

No body has influenced my career I have just been myself and not copied anybody.


In your opinion who is/was the best referee?

In my opinion I don't watch and rate other referees I just love football. Its all about the game of football not referees.

Fantastic responses and if only all ref`s had the same ethos



Join The Vital Debate



Bookmark and Share












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






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 10 2010

Time: 11:48AM

Your Comments

Nice to see you back Mark
worbo
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 155
2. loudmouthblue 102
3. russialatic 91
4. Thorpyness 87
5. hindleymonwafc 82
6. Pauvre Jean 65
7. riddy 54
8. SwindonLatic 50
9. Lazysid 50
10. legolad 49

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 0 Blackpool
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading
Wigan 0 - 0 Millwall
Wigan 1 - 2 Ipswich
Wigan 4 - 0 Birmingham
Charlton 2 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
16. Huddersfield 13 4 4 5 -6 16
17. Reading 13 4 3 6 -8 15
18. Millwall 13 3 5 5 -3 14
19. Wigan 13 2 6 5 -2 12
20. Brighton 13 2 6 5 -3 12
21. Birmingham 13 2 5 6 -8 11
22. Fulham 13 3 2 8 -9 11

Breaking League News

Howe: We are a little more ruthless
Bournemouth : 22/10/2014 08:51:00
Howe: Pitman showed his instincts
Bournemouth : 22/10/2014 08:40:00
Vital Report: Cardiff 3 Ipswich 1
Cardiff : 22/10/2014 08:40:00
Allegation Of Racial Slur In Leeds Draw
Norwich : 22/10/2014 08:36:00
Hornets Held By Forest
Watford : 22/10/2014 00:15:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who Wil Win Tonight?
Suggested By:  Colin Fry
Latics 40%
Millwall 20%
Draw 40%