Date:Tuesday February 22 2011
The Wigan Athletic v Manchester United local derby at the DW Stadium on Saturday will be refereed by Consett official Mark Clattenburg, who started refereeing at the age of 15 as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
At 35 years old Clattenburg may be one of the Premier League`s youngest officials but his hair is one of life`s great mysteries. A couple of years ago the old cat`s arse was creeping in, but suddenly there appears to be a bit of re-growth, I always thought when it`s gone, it`s gone, obviously not.
Baldy, baldy ref...
In a recent interview with refworld.com Clattenburg says he got into refereeing because he was rubbish at football and that his dad helped him through the bad times in his early career as a ref:
How did you get introduced into refereeing?
I was 15-years-old and was approached by my school teacher who asked me if I would take my refereeing course - either he was telling me I was rubbish at football or I didn't understand the rule of football.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Achieving my goals that I set out to achieve at the start of each football season. From a refereeing point of view, my first Euro match involving Denmark and Liechtenstein and also making the Premier League refereeing list.
What is the best game you have officiated and why?
Tottenham and Arsenal last season as the pressure of a derby match as well as a tough Premier League match. I got so much satisfaction from being part of a thrilling match.
What are your aims as a Select Group Referee?
To maintain my position, work hard and listen to people to help me become a better Referee.
What skills do you think you need to become a professional Referee?
You need courage, personality and have a fitness which can sometimes match the players.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?
My dad, he give me the opportunity and also supported me through the bad times of my early refereeing career. I would have packed up during the troubled times if there was no one to support me and listen to me.
In your opinion who is/was the best Referee?
The person I looked up to was George Courtney. His personality and the way he controlled a match was a joy to watch.
Mark Clattenburg Card Watch 2010/11:
Games - 29, yellows - 88, reds - 6
A bit of trivia, Clattenburg comes from Consett, where`s that? I hear you cry, well say Consett in a Geordie accent and you`ll not be too far off, (again in a Geordie accent) it`s in County Durham, like.
Consett has a population of just 27,000 but there are a few famous people to have sprouted out of the town, Mark Clattenburg, obviously, Rowan Attkinson (Black Adder and Mr Bean), Alun Armstrong, renowned actor, very ugly, you know, Braveheart, that TV retired coppers thing, New Tricks with Dennis Waterman
England cricketer Paul Collingwood, and actress Denise Welch who was in Corrie and is married to Tim Healey. Also Consett is famous for Phileas Fogg crisp and providing the steel that built Blackpool Tower.
Well there you go, not only did you meet the ref, but also got a little trivia on a small town in the North East
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
Date:Tuesday February 22 2011
What The Bosses Said - Blackpool 1 Latics 3 (Sunday March 1 2015)
Blackpool 1 Latics 3 - We're All Singing Together (Sunday March 1 2015)
Stats: Blackpool v Wigan Athletic (Saturday February 28 2015)
Team Sheets - Blackpool v Latics (Saturday February 28 2015)
Blackpool v Latics - Big Game Preview (Saturday February 28 2015)
Kim Bo-kyung - Man Of The Match v Cardiff City (Friday February 27 2015)
Early Team News - Blackpool v Latics (Friday February 27 2015)
What The Bosses Say - Blackpool v Latics (Friday February 27 2015)
Friday Afternoon Is Latics Podcast Time (Friday February 27 2015)
12th Man - Time To Plan For Summer (Friday February 27 2015)
|What The Bosses Said - Blackpool 1 Latics 3
» Wigan : 01/03/2015 23:32:00
|Slav Calls On Fans
» Watford : 01/03/2015 20:25:00
|McClaren Disappointed With Fulham Performance
» Derby County : 01/03/2015 20:24:00
|Emotional amp; Embarrassing Return For Powell
» Charlton : 01/03/2015 20:07:00
|Luzon - Huddersfield Performance Was The Standard
» Charlton : 01/03/2015 20:01:00