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Meet The Ref - Stoke v Latics - Michael Oliver

Meet The Ref - Stoke v Latics - Michael Oliver

The Stoke City v Wigan Athletic Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday (New Year's Eve) will be refereed by the Premier Leagues youngest official, Michael Oliver.

This will be Oliver's second Latics game in ten days and his third this season, having been the 'man in the middle' for our 0-0 draw with Liverpool on the 21st of December and the 2-0 win over QPR back in August

For those who missed the 'Meet The Ref' article prior to the Liverpool game, there is a repeat below:

The Northumberland born whistle blower took charge of his first Premier League game in August last year when he refereed the Birmingham v Blackburn early season fixture.

According to a recent interview on, Oliver considers the skills needed to be a top class referee are man management and awareness, all sounds very 'The Apprentice' to me, let's hope he is aware and manages to have a good game on Saturday, well he couldn`t be any worse than Phil Dowd, could he?

Below is an excerpt from that interview:

How did you get introduced to refereeing?

From watching my dad referee locally when I was younger (i.e. 14)

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

The two main ones I believe are: Man-Management and awareness

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

My Dad, Clive. Perfect coach to have having refereed at the same level. Willing to listen and lend a hand, but not afraid to tell it like it is.

In your opinion who is/was the best referee?

Pierluigi Collina - He had a presence.

Michael Oliver Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 14
Yellows - 39
Reds - 2

Stoke City v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Referee: M Oliver
Assistants: D Cann, W Smallwood
Fourth Official: S Mathieson
Match Delegate: J Duncan
PGMO: S Lodge

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday December 28 2011
Time: 7:00AM


Dont mention the ref's!!!
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