Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Meet The Ref - Stoke v Latics - Mike Jones

Meet The Ref - Stoke v Latics - Mike Jones

The Latics travel to the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night as they get back to Premier League football following their exploits in the FA cup. A visit to Stoke is usually a bruising affair and ensuring things don't get too out of hand is Chester official Mike Jones

This will be Jones' fourth Latics game this season, we've lost the other three! Chelsea on the opening day, Swansea away in October and Newcastle away in December when he controversially awarded the Geordies a penalty and sent off Figueroa for the most innocuous challenge you are likely to see.

I thought Jones may prove to be a lucky ref for the Latics, his first ever Premier League game was our 5-1 away win at Hull when that man Zaki grabbed a brace, but since then he has refereed us 12 times and we've only won once, drawing 2 and losing the other 9! There have been some dire performances in there as well from Jonesy

The 43 year old whistle blower started refereeing because he was awful at football and sick of being left out at school when the other boys were kicking the ball around, so he took to enforcing the laws of the game at the tender age of 15.

Jones was promoted to become a football league referee in 1997 and progressed to the Premier League in 2008 when he took charge of the Hull City v Wigan Athletic game, in an interview Mike was asked:

What is the best game you have officiated and why?

He replied: 'The best game for a sense of achievement was my first Premier League Game between Hull City and Wigan Athletic.'

A 5-0 away win for the Latics that day and one that Jonesy will remember all his life, almost forgive him for the other non performances

Mike Jones Card Watch 2012/13

Games - 20
Yellows - 58
Reds - 2

Stoke City v Wigan Athletic
Mike Jones
Assistants M Mullarkey, P Bankes
Fourth Official M Halsey

The latest edition of the PWU Wigan Athletic podcast is now available for download.

This week in the studio are Dan, Rob, Greg, Mick and Gareth who discuss in great detail the failings against Sunderland (00:00), bad goals conceded and lack of spark. The cup game at Macclesfield (22:00) is also previewed, what a great tie this is, the magic of the FA cup is talked about, slight disagreement amongst the team here.

There is also a preview of Tuesday nights Premier League game away at Stoke (40:00)

If you would like to get involved in the podcast or have any topics that you'd like to be discussed please get in touch at marking your email PWU Podcast

The podcast can be downloaded from itunes or via our hosting site or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below

Thank you very much for listening, your support is very much appreciated

The PWU crew

Bookmark and Share

Join The Vital Debate

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:Monday January 28 2013
Time: 7:00AM


Along with Anthony Taylor the Premier Leagues worst ref
27/01/2013 16:31:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

After Game Player Interviews Explained

Scientific researchers have discovered that a tendency for professional footballers to overuse the words 'um' 'ah' and 'err' in post game press interviews...

Gary Caldwell Sacked!

Wigan Athletic have announced the departure of first team boss Gary Caldwell just 6 months after lifting the League One title

Shane Duffy Sends Strange Tweet To PWU Man Adam

Brighton's former Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy is once again showing his seemingly dislike for the Latics via his twitter account

Meet The Ref - Cardiff City v Latics - Oliver Langford

Taking charge of only his fifth Wigan Athletic game this weekend will be West Midlands based official Oliver Langford.

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Adam Convery
no email
Frank Ford
no email
Noel Wards Leg
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Brighton
Suggested By: Matt McCann
Adam Bogdan8%
Reece Burke2%
Jake Buxton2%
Dan Burn15%
Stephen Warnock2%
Shaun MacDonald14%
David Perkins3%
Max Power4%
Nathan Byrne8%
Michael Jacobs38%
Will Grigg4%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 28 2016 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

2.Get a Grip!262
5.Barry W113
7.jeffs right82
The Vital Football Members League