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Meet The Ref - Latics v Burnley - Mike Jones




The Latics entertain Burnley at the DW Stadium on Sunday in a Lancashire derby. Derby games can sometimes end up bruising affairs, but the man charged with blowing his whistle and ensuring things don't get too out of hand is Chester official and Premier League ref Mike Jones

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 back in August 2008 when that man Zaki grabbed a brace, but since then he has refereed us 13 times and we've only won once, drawing 3 and losing the other 9! There have been some dire performances in there as well from Jonesy

The 45 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 2013/14

Games - 16
Yellows - 49
Reds - 2

Wigan Athletic v Burnley
Referee - MICHAEL JONES
assistants - Andrew Halliday and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official - Carl Boyeson




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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 28 2013

Time: 5:00AM

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Not the best ref but surely better than the majority of the puddings we've seen so far this season
worbo
 

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