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Meet The Ref - Rovers v Latics - Kevin Friend


This weekends Premier League game between local rivals Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park will be officiated by Leicestershire referee and postman Kevin Friend.

It will be the second time in as many weeks that Friend (sounds strange saying that!) has refereed a Latics game, he was in charge of the Carling Cup win over Swansea and awarded us a penalty after Charles N`Zogbia was tripped in the area, maybe he really is a friend.

The 39 year old has been refereeing since he was just 13 and made the grade all the way to the top when on 20th September 2009 he took charge of the Premier League game between Wolves and Fulham.

Speaking last summer about his appointment to the select group of ref`s Friend said he was chuffed but also that it was a challenge, now what could he mean by that?

Well being a former postie he could be worrying that if he got the letters wrong when booking or sending off players he could end up with the sack, sorry, couldn`t resist. So remember Kev its S-A-M-B-A

Friend said about his appointment to the big league: 'I'm chuffed to bits and really thrilled,'

'It is also a big challenge because it will be completely different to what I'm used to.

'There's a lot of pressure in the Premier League and there's a lot of money involved. I've been fourth official at all the big venues, but being out there in the middle will be a totally new experience.

'My promotion means I'm now full-time which allows me to concentrate solely on the football.'


Here`s hoping the fussy ref is still a friend of the Latics come 5 pm on Saturday.

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Games - 8, Yellows - 27, Reds - 2

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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 2 2010

Time: 7:00AM

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I thought against Swansea he was a bit too fussy
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