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Meet The Ref - Bolton v Latics - Andre Marriner

Meet The Ref - Bolton v Latics - Andre Marriner

The Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic 4th Round FA cup tie at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) will be refereed by Birmingham official Andre Marriner.

The 39 year old has been a top flight referee since taking charge of the Latics v Fulham game in 2005

Marriner first got into refereeing because he liked the money, his words not mine, he reveals this information in a recent interview he gave with

How did you get introduced into refereeing?

I went along to watch a local football team that had asked me to play for them. The referee had not turned up and so as I was a neutral at the game, they asked me to referee it. It was an end to end game and I really enjoyed the experience. At the end of the game, they even handed over £10.00 for my services!!!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight for me personally is the day that I received my letter inviting me to referee on the Southern Football League following a successful interview. This made me realise that I was going to referee semi professional football

What is the best game you have officiated and why?

Without a doubt, it will always be the 2003 Inaugural Conference Play Off Final between Doncaster Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge. It was a massive game at that stage of my career as it led me to be promoted onto The National List as a referee.

Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?

There is no single person that I can name as everybody I have worked with and met to do with refereeing have had some kind of influence on me.

Well there you have it, a money grabber who listens to no one, only joking Andre, here`s hoping that he has a quiet game on Saturday and the only talking points are the goals that the Latics have scored.

Card Watch, Andre Marriner 2010/11

Games - 21, yellows - 71, reds - 3

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday January 28 2011
Time: 11:23AM


A bit fussy, cant be worse than Andrew Taylor
28/01/2011 11:26:00
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