Vital Football

Latest Wigan Athletic News

Meet The Ref - Latics v Bolton - Michael Oliver

Meet The Ref - Latics v Bolton - Michael Oliver

The Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 4th round replay at the DW Stadium tonight (Wednesday) will be refereed by 25 year old Michael Oliver.

The Northumberland born official took charge of his first Premier League game in August this year when he refereed the Birmingham v Blackburn early season fixture. This will be only his third ever Latics game having been in the middle for last seasons defeat in the Carling Cup at Blackpool and the 0-0 draw with Everton back in December.

According to a recent interview on , Oliver considers the skills needed to be a top class referee are man management and awareness, all sounds very `The Apprentice` to me, let`s hope he is aware and manages to have a good game tonight.

Below is an excerpt from that interview:

How did you get introduced to refereeing?

From watching my dad referee locally when I was younger (i.e. 14)

What skills do you think you need to become a referee?

The two main ones I believe are: Man-Management, Awareness

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

My Dad, Clive. Perfect coach to have having refereed at the same level. Willing to listen and lend a hand, but not afraid to tell it like it is.

In your opinion who is/was the best referee?

Pierluigi Collina - He had a presence.

Michael Oliver Card Watch 2010/11

Games - 21, Yellows 63, Reds 6

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:Wednesday February 16 2011
Time: 7:00AM


A young one but he isnt too I've said it!!!!
15/02/2011 23:28:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Wigan without skipper Sam

The 26-year-old will miss the next two games

Match Officials - Walsall v Wigan

The Match Day officials for Wednesday's away trip to Walsall have been announced by the EFL.

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Southampton

All the stats from Wigan Athletic (0) vs (2) Southampton, DW Stadium, 18/3/18 Att: 17,110

It's Cup Time Again For Wigan Athletic, Saints Or Sinner?

With the FA Cup quarter final on the horizon we have a lot to look forward to on this week's edition of the PWU Latics podcast...

Wigan Athletic Archived Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

The Latic
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA - Southampton MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Powell1%
Sub - Colclough1%
Sub - Hunt1%
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

Vital Members League Table

7.jeffs right50
8.Made in Wigan 50
Vital Football Comment