Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Meet The Ref - Latics v Newcastle - Howard Webb

Meet The Ref - Latics v Newcastle - Howard Webb


The Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United Premier League clash on Sunday 2nd January at the DW Stadium will be refereed by English footballs number one whistle blower Howard Webb.

The 38 year old official has been refereeing since 1995 when he was the man in the middle in the Northern Counties East League; he progressed through to the Football League in 2000 and he had made it all the way to the Premier League by 2003.

Webb had the ultimate refereeing honour when he took charge of this summer`s World Cup Final between Spain and Holland, being only the second English referee to be in charge of a World Cup final.

The likeable Yorkshireman is quick to show his gift of the gab he learned as a police officer with South Yorkshire Constabulary and when asked a question it is hard to shut him up!

Here is a sample of questions that Webb answered during a recent interview:

How did you get introduced into refereeing?

I have always been football mad, playing and watching from a very young age. My father was a Referee at semi-professional level but I never really had any desire to become a referee - I always wanted to play. However, despite having trials at my local professional club as lots of youngsters do, I realised that I wasn't going to make the grade at that level and therefore began playing football at a lower level. My father kept telling me that there was a desperate shortage of Referees at the local level and that I ought to give it a go. I wasn't interested at first as I was happy playing and watching but eventually, after some persuasion, I decided to give it a go. I was still only 18 and continued playing and refereeing for several years until I decided to fully focus on refereeing.


Should diving or simulating be punished retrospectively if the referee misses it?

That's a difficult one because even afterwards, with the benefit of replays and slow motion, it's not always obvious if it was a dive or not; if a player is going full pelt even the slightest of touches can send them flying. Also a lot of referees rely on a mixture of gut instinct and experience when judging these types of incidents and the temptation to think, 'Oh well that will get sorted later' could prevent critical decisions being made in a match when, let's face it, it could really make a difference for the team that has been sinned against.


Do you think technology - 'a third referee' - should be used to assist the man in the middle?

I think the place most referees would like to get some help from technology is on goal-line incidents. The Spurs goal against Manchester United the other season [when Pedro Mendes' long-range volley clearly crossed the goal-line but play continued] was a case in point. Most of the ground, and certainly everyone watching on television, could see it was clearly a goal but because of the position of the match officials it was impossible for them to give a goal with any certainty. Some help there, either with video replays or some form of chip in the ball, in my view would certainly improve the game.


Who was/is the best player you have been lucky enough to watch from the middle?

At the moment it has to be Wayne Rooney - his pace, power and uninhibited style of play make him an extremely exciting player to watch. He must be a nightmare to play against because you're never sure what he's going to do next. For that reason he's not always the easiest of players to referee!


Have you ever sworn at a player?

Not so that he can hear me.


How do you wind down on a Saturday night after a game?

It's difficult because you're really hyped up after the game and you tend to replay certain incidents in your mind, plus there's the admin of getting your referee's report done and submitted. But I've got a great wife and kids and there's nothing better than spending time with them to put things in perspective.


What do you have on your iPod?

An electric mix which is too embarrassing to go into any detail about.


Howard Webb Card Watch 2010/11

Games - 22, yellows - 70, reds - 1





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:Friday December 31 2010
Time: 5:18PM

Comments

0
Here's hoping he has a quiet game
worbo
31/12/2010 17:22:00
0
best ref in english football by far
Mike Leigh
31/12/2010 17:31:00
0
Also a cheat... Telling Blackpool players to go down to get the free kicks and Penaltys :@
lathamwafc
01/01/2011 20:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Max Power PFA Fan's Player Of The Month - Maximus!

Max Power has been voted the PFA Fan's Sky Bet League 1 player of the month for January.

Muddy Water Blues - Time For A New Pitch At The DW

A new pitch is being laid ahead of Saturday's home clash with Oldham Athletic

What The Bosses Said - Sheffield United 0 Latics 2

Following the final whistle both bosses spoke to the media, let's take a look at what they had to say:

Dan's Big Game Report - Sheffield United 0 Latics 2

'I've done it, Grandad,' he said, slamming down the phone receiver.
'Done what, Grandson? The transfer window has been closed for five days now.'

'I've signed Nando's for Wigan Robin Park! Now we won't need to re-open that curry shop outside the North Stand.'

'Oh! Well, if you think this 'Nann-doss' chap is any good…'

Is a mysterious bout of poultry-related food poisoning set to decimate the Wigan Athletic playing staff? Find out soon on the next thrilling insta

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
Profile
Adam Convery
Profile
Frank Ford
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Sheffield United
Suggested By: Jimmy Crankie
Jussi Jääskeläinen3%
Donervon Daniels0%
Craig Morgan3%
Jason Pearce3%
Chris McCann3%
David Perkins3%
Sam Morsy23%
Max Power3%
Yanic Wildschut53%
Conor McAleny3%
Will Grigg3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 29 19 3 7 60 16
2 Walsall 29 16 8 5 56 17
3 Wigan 30 15 10 5 55 21
4 Gillingham 30 16 7 7 55 19
5 Coventry 30 13 10 7 49 16
6 Millwall 29 14 5 10 47 9
7 Southend 29 13 8 8 47 6
8 Peterborough 29 13 5 11 44 13
9 Port Vale 31 12 8 11 44 -1
10 Barnsley 29 13 3 13 42 6
11 Sheff Utd 29 11 9 9 42 4
12 Bradford 28 11 8 9 41 -3
13 Scunthorpe 28 11 5 12 38 -4
14 Rochdale 28 10 7 11 37 -2
15 Bury 28 10 7 11 37 -7
16 Doncaster 29 9 9 11 36 -4
17 Swindon 30 10 6 14 36 -5
18 Blackpool 29 9 6 14 33 -7
19 Chesterfield 29 9 3 17 30 -11
20 Shrewsbury 30 8 6 16 30 -15
21 Fleetwood 28 7 8 13 29 -3
22 Crewe 29 6 8 15 26 -20
23 Oldham 27 4 12 11 24 -13
24 Colchester 29 5 7 17 22 -32
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Oldham Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Walsall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bury (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Peterborough United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Colchester United (a)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BrickLatic94
2.Moonay71
3.Thorpyness69
4.Whittleblue55
5.Noel Wards Leg52
6.hindleymonwafc48
7.TRUE BELIEVER24
8.GrimReaper8723
9.craig21420
10.bensourhero18