Meet The Ref - Latics v Sunderland - Peter Walton
The Wigan Athletic v Sunderland Premier League game at the DW Stadium this Saturday will be officiated by Northants referee, 50 year old Peter Walton.
Former semi-pro player Walton is obviously not wearing the trousers in his house citing that his wife stopped him from playing football and that`s why he took up the role of a referee, put your foot down man! He has been a Premier League ref since 2003
He recently gave an interview to refworld.com an excerpt of which is below:
How did you get introduced into refereeing?
Played semi-pro football for a number of years, however after marriage and work commitments could not commit to time required for that level of football so decided to 'retire'. Took the whistle up as something to do on a Sunday morning.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Officiating on the Premier League, in wonderful stadiums and witnessing great players at close quarters.
What is the best game you have officiated and why?
I was an Assistant in the 1996 FA Cup Final Liverpool v Man Utd which whilst a boring game was a great occasion. I also ran the line in a friendly International Germany v Brazil 1998 which was a great thrill. I refereed at the Millennium Stadium in the LDV Trophy Final 2003, when Bristol city beat Carlisle in front of 52000.
What skills do you think you need to become a professional referee?
The obvious ones, dedication, commitment, fitness, but also an ability to manage a variety of situations and a capacity to remain focused on the task and not to be influenced by external factors i.e. media, supporters, player reputations etc.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?
Three people without any doubt;
1. My Dad, Roy, for his support from grassroots thru' to the Premier League
2. David Elleray (ex referee) for his words of wisdom and steadying influence.
3. My Wife, Jo, who has kept the family together whilst I have spent many nights and days away plying my trade throughout the years.
The above a not in any order of priority!
Definitely under the thumb!!!!
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