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Meet The Ref - Spurs v Latics - Phil Dowd

The Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic game at White Hart Lane on Saturday will be refereed by our old friend Phil Dowd

47 year old Dowd has been at the centre of quite a bit of controversy when officiating in Latics matches in the past, most notably when Paul Jewell was in charge at the DW Stadium, turning down numerous penalty appeals, allowing goals even though there were blatant fouls and not allowing players back on to the field of play following treatment for injury resulting in goals being conceded, yep Mr Dowd and Mr Jewell still aren`t on speaking terms apparently.

An interesting fact - Phil Dowd is an ex pit man and that`s how he got into refereeing, whilst on strike during 1984 Miner`s Dispute he decided to learn the Laws of the Game. He enrolled on a course and after passing his referee exam started to do youth games in the local leagues, Maggie Thatcher really does have a lot to answer for!

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 26 2010

Time: 3:30PM

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He has improved from the bad old days
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26/08/2010 15:32:00

Lets hope his errors still haunt him and he has a chance to make amends.
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26/08/2010 20:54:00

it wont be refereeing decisions that lose u the game this weekend. it will be gareth bale
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26/08/2010 22:24:00

Oh dear! I hate that man.
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27/08/2010 08:53:00


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