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Meet The Ref - Latics v Arsenal - Mark Clattenburg



Wigan Athletic play Arsenal at the DW Stadium this Saturday and for the second time this season Mark Clattenburg will take charge of a Latics match, the first time was the trip to Aston Villa where we lost 2-0, here's hoping for a better result at the weekend.

For those who missed the Clattenburg article back in October, there is a repeat below:

At 36 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, what do you do if your also rubbish at being a ref? Anyhow here's an excerpt from the interview:

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 a couple of seasons back 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.

A bit of trivia, Clattenburg comes from Consett, wher'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

Mark Clattenburg Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 12, yellows 40, reds 3.

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal (Kick-off 3.00pm)

Referee: M Clattenburg. Assistants: M Mullarkey, P Kirkup
Fourth Official: P Dowd
Match Delegate: J Bramhall
PGMO: J Worrall



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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 29 2011

Time: 7:00AM

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28/11/2011 23:17:00

He cant be worse than Marriner, can he?
worbo
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29/11/2011 07:21:00

the worse ref in the PL. someone needs to sack this cu** who has it in for Tottenham.
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29/11/2011 09:13:00

has it in for wigan too!
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