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Meet The Ref - Latics v Stoke - Mark Clattenburg

Meet The Ref - Latics v Stoke - Mark Clattenburg



Wigan Athletic face Stoke City at the DW Stadium this Saturday in what will be a vitally important game for the Latics, no doubt Roberto Martinez will be hoping that the referee will be on top form and keep the game flowing, so who will be the man in the middle? Mark Clattenburg, that's who

For the third 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, the second was the 4-0 home defeat against Arsenal in December, third time lucky? Let's hope so.

At 37 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 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 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 gave 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, where'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 - 29
Yellows - 86
Reds - 6

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City (3pm)
Referee: M Clattenburg
Assistants: S Beck, S Ledger
Fourth Official: H Webb
Match Delegate: P Henson
PGMO: E Lomas



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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday March 27 2012
Time: 7:00AM

Comments

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I rated Clattenburg, but not anymore
worbo
26/03/2012 22:25:00
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He said his teacher asked him to enter into refereeing, him thinking his teacher might have thought he didn't understand the rules of football.......he still doesn't. Never rated Clattenburg
wigginer
26/03/2012 22:28:00
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Denise Welch married to Tim Healy ??? Still ?
thorpyness
26/03/2012 22:29:00
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what a bloody pillock
legolad
27/03/2012 09:36:00
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