Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Meet The Ref - Newcastle v Latics - Mark Halsey

Meet The Ref - Newcastle v Latics - Mark Halsey


The Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic game at the St. James` Park this Saturday will be officiated by 49 year old referee Mark Halsey who has only recently returned to action, the Lancashire official missed almost all of last season 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.'


Halsey returned to Premier League action when he took charge of the Latics v Blackpool game on the first day of the current season, we don`t need reminding of the result or scoreline, enough to say Saturdays opponents Newcastle suffered a similar fate when they played the Seasiders.


So Mark Halsey will be at St. James` Park 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


Card Watch

Games - 6, yellow cards - 13, reds - 0






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





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

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Monday October 11 2010
Time: 9:12PM

Comments

0
Good ref, heres hoping he has a good game
worbo
11/10/2010 21:16:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Gillingham 1-1 Wigan Match Report

Being top of the league didn't last long, did it? We'll leave that talk until May from now on. We drew 1-1 with a well-drilled Gillingham side.

Paul Cook made one change to the side that beat Southend United 3-0 on Saturday. Ivan Toney returned to the starting line-up, replacing Will Grigg.

It was an open first 20 minutes, which saw both sides miss good opportunities. Gavin Massey, Nathan Byrne and Dan Burn all had chances to open the scoring, while Sean Clare came close with a vol

Gillingham vs Wigan Big Game Preview

Wigan make the long mid-week trip to Gillingham, looking to make it five wins in a row and extend their lead at the top. Latics continued their fine home form, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Southend

Wigan to face Crawley in FA Cup 1st round

Wigan to face Crawley in FA Cup 1st round

FA Cup First Round - Full Draw (16/10/17)

The draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup took place earlier this evening.

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Dan Rodenby
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Latics win League One this season?
Suggested By: Paul Cook
Yes53%
No29%
Too early to say18%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.truelatic4eva108
2.Moonay103
3.Lord of the pies102
4.Get a Grip!85
5.TRUE BELIEVER67
6.hindleymonwafc50
7.Martinez198649
8.Kenny Morris49
9.walgarthjohn47
10.NYC_LATICS40
Vital Football Comment