Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Meet The Ref - Latics v Everton - Lee Mason

Meet The Ref - Latics v Everton - Lee Mason




The crucial Wigan Athletic v Everton Premier League game at the DW Stadium on Saturday will be officiated by local referee, Bolton boy Lee Mason.

Charismatic Lee says that he was introduced to refereeing by an old sports teacher of his that wanted to keep him as far away from actually playing the game as possible, he also states that his wife Debbie has been the biggest influence on his career to date.

I hope she doesn`t show him a red card on the other playing surface for you know what, strange breed these ref`s.

Lee started refereeing in the Northwest Counties League in 1992 and he had progressed through to the Premier League by 2006.

The last Latics game that Lee Mason took charge of was the home 2-0 win against Wolves back in September, he was also the man in the middle of the Arsenal game at the DW Stadium last season when a thrilling last ten minutes saw the Latics come from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2, more of the same please.

Below is a recent interview Lee Mason gave to refworld.com:

How did you get introduced into refereeing?

I was introduced to refereeing by my sports teacher at school


What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career was being awarded a full time professional contract


What is the best game you have officiated and why?

The best game I have refereed was the League 1 play off final between Swansea and Barnsley played at the millennium stadium, Cardiff. The importance of the game for the teams and supporters meant that the game carried more responsibility and greater pressure than a normal league game/cup tie


What are your aims as a Select Group Referee?

My aims as a select group referee are to be considered the best referee for the big games within the respective competitions and to therefore receive the appropriate appointments that come with this consideration


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

The most important skills you require as a professional referee are your man management ones and also to have supreme awareness of everything that is going on around you on the field.


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

The biggest influence on my refereeing career is my wife Debbie. We have been together for 14 years and without her I wouldn't be refereeing today because she is my biggest fan, critic, motivator and calming influence all rolled into one.


In your opinion who is/was the best referee?

This is a difficult question because the game has changed so much. For me, Ken Dagnall who refereed the 1966 world cup semi final is still universally respected and well known throughout the game despite having passed away over 12 years ago as is Jack Taylor who was Ken's predecessor and went onto to referee the 1974 final and is held in similar esteem through the refereeing world.

Lee Mason Card Watch 2010/11

Games - 30, yellows - 118, reds - 5



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:Thursday April 28 2011
Time: 7:00AM

Comments

0
Stopped commenting on the ref's
worbo
27/04/2011 22:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Who Serves A Suspension This Week - 18/8/17

Here's a list of all the players currently serving, or under a suspension at the beginning of the week that will potentially keep them out of contention...

Premier League Cup Draw - U23s

The draw for the 32 team Premier League Cup took place earlier this afternoon and there are a few significant Midland derby clashes this year.

Transfer Windows To End Early?

The Premier League and the EFL will both be seeking thoughts from member clubs on whether or not to close the summer transfer window before the season kicks off in coming years.

Pure Sloth Nick Powell

Nick Powell the magic man

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Liam Sephton
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Oldham v Wigan
Suggested By: Darren Sheridan
Oldham win15%
Draw5%
Wigan win80%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Whittleblue249
2.Kenny Morris176
3.truelatic4eva169
4.henski127
5.Get a Grip!117
6.Moonay109
7.Oscarbon82
8.Martinez198682
9.MoMoWafc63
10.C_Latic55
Write for Vital Football