Meet The Ref - Latics v Saints - Andre Marriner
Wigan Athletic v Southampton will be refereed by Andre Marriner, who will be taking charge of his second Latics game this season, his first was the four nil drubbing we got off Manchester United at the DW Stadium back on January 1st
The West Midlands based official had three of our games last season, Blackburn at home when he allowed the phantom corner goal. Morten Gamst Pedersen had played a corner to himself if you recall, he then played NINE minutes stoppage time and only blew for full time once the Latics had restarted the game following the Blackburn penalty that gave them a share of the spoils, Swansea at home, can't blame him for that, we were absolutely dire and got turned over 0-2, his last Latics game was our great victory against Arsenal at the Emirates back in April
Marriner celebrated his 42nd birthday on New Year's Day and he 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
An interesting Andre fact, this season he is one of only two top flight ref's yet to issue a red card, the other being Lee Mason
Marriner first got into refereeing because he liked the money, his words not mine, he reveals this information in a recent interview he gave:
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.
Andre Marriner Card Watch 2012/13
Games - 23
Yellows - 70
Reds - 0
Wigan Athletic v Southampton
Referee - A Marriner
Assisstants - D Cann, D C Richards
4th Official - M Clattenberg
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