Meet The Ref - Latics v Spurs - Andre Marriner
This Saturdays Premier League clash between Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur at the DW Stadium will be refereed by Birmingham official Andre Marriner
The 40 year old has been a top flight referee since 2005 when he took charge of the Latics v Fulham game, which we won, courtesy of a last minute Pascal Chimbonda goal.
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 refworld.com:
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.
This will be the fourth time this season that Marriner has taken charge of a Latics game, the 1-1 home draw with Sunderland, the 2-0 away defeat to Fulham and the 0-0 away draw at Bolton in the 4th round of the FA cup being the previous three.
Card Watch, Andre Marriner 2010/11
Games - 30, yellows 101, reds - 5
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