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Meet The Ref - Latics v Villa - Neil Swarbrick

Meet The Ref - Latics v Villa - Neil Swarbrick

Latics take on Aston Villa in our last Premier League game for at least one season, and we'll be waving goodbye to the top flight as Preston based referee Neil Swarbrick waves the cards around in an attempt to spoil a good days footie, well hopefully not

The 42 year old whistle blower is in his second season as a top flight official having been promoted to the select group of referees back in June 2011, though his first top flight game was the season before when he took charge of the Fulham v Sunderland goalless draw in December 2010.

This will be just the second time he's refereed the Latics this season, the other occasion was our 2-1 home defeat by West Brom back in November

Swarbrick was a late comer to the woes of a referee and he only picked up his whistle at the age of 29, he started life off in the Northern Premier League before moving onto the Conference, making it to the Football League in 2005. Here's hoping for a good game from him to sign off with on Sunday

Neil Swarbrick Card Watch 2012/13

Games - 30
Yellows - 108
Reds - 1

Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa (4pm)

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Assistants: S Bennett, D England
Fourth Official: J Adcock

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

This week in the studio at the Beech Hill Book Cycle we have Barry, Rob, Gareth, Mick, Paul and Greg.

We start off by taking a look back at the Arsenal game and its consequences, but we don't want to dwell

Next up is the cup final (10:00)

We look back at the whole experience, getting there and back, the build up, the game itself and the aftermath, the best day of our lives?

We finish off with the Villa preview (39:30), meeting the players, joining in with the Villa fans for a Petrov tribute and celebrating our time in the Premier League

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

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A PWU Podcast Special featuring quotes, from this seasons FA cup run, made by podcast regulars Dan, Barry, Greg, Gareth, Paul T, Paul K, Rob and Mick, all set to the bouncy Come On You Latics by the Empty Seats, which is supporting Josephs Goal and is available from ebay

You can download the podcast for free from itunes or via our hosting site or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below...enjoy

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday May 16 2013
Time: 1:43PM


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