Date:Tuesday November 15 2011
Wigan Athletic meet local rivals Blackburn Rovers at the DW Stadium on Saturday in what is a massive, massive game for both sides, with both clubs rooted at the foot of the Premier League tempers could be frayed in what will undoubtedly be a tense affair, strong refereeing is essential, so who have we got? Andre Marriner that`s who.
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, this will be the first time this season that the Birmingham official has taken charge of a Wigan game, last campaign saw Andre (trying to be nice) in the middle for five of our games, draws against Sunderland, Bolton and Spurs, plus an away defeat to Fulham, then he was in charge of the last game of the season for that dramatic win away at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke.
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.
Card Watch, Andre Marriner 2011/12
Games - 7, yellows - 26, reds - 0
Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Referee: A Marriner. Assistants: S Ledger, A Watts
Fourth Official: C Pawson
Match Delegate: T Dolan
PGMO: R Hart
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Date:Tuesday November 15 2011
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