Monday, 21 October 2019

Meet The Ref - Derby County v Wigan Athletic

Following on from a great performance and very good result against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, the Latics travel down the M6/A50 on Wednesday to face Derby County in a Championship encounter looking for our first win on the road this campaign, the man inflicting his authority on the game will be the one, the only, Keith Stroud.

The 49 year old Bournemouth whistle blower has been in charge of nine games so far this season, six of which have been in the Championship, issuing just 20 yellows and no reds this is a quiet start to the new campaign by little Keith.

A frequent ref for the ‘tics, Stroud took charge of four of our games last season, Bristol City (2-2) and West Brom (1-0) away, Blackburn (3-1) and Stoke (0-0) at home.

A former top flight (briefly) ref, Stroud took charge of just one Premier League game featuring ourselves, the Reading v Latics game back in September 2007, which Reading won 2-1. He was originally promoted to the Select Group of officials in July 2007 following a career which had seen him progress from the Wessex League in 1988 to the Football League National List in 2004.

Keith Stroud lasted just two seasons amongst the elite of English refs, he was dropped back down to the National List and replaced with Kevin Friend.

Keith Stroud Card Watch 2019/20

Games – 9
Yellows – 20
Reds – 0

Derby County v Wigan Athletic
Referee –
Assistants – Matt Foley and James Wilson
Fourth Official – Leigh Doughty

This weeks PWU Latics Podcast features a preview of the Derby game

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The PWU Latics Podcast

Why not grab a listen to the PWU Latics Podcast, weekly, under one hour and completely Latics focused.

We are now in our 9th season there’s been some magnificent highs and devastating lows in that time, both on and off the pitch, but hopefully we have kept our sense of humour.

We record at the Beech Hill Book Cycle each Wednesday, unless we have a game of course and aim to be 'live' by 9:30pm that same night.

We have a solid base of regular listeners, we love feedback, positive and constructive, we have some great guests lined up in the coming weeks including Latic Executive Chairman Darren Royle and CEO Jonathan Jackson.

Catch us here on our blog page, on twitter @PWUPodcast also Facebook – Progress With Unity Podcast.

Take a look at some of our feedback from itunes:

Great Listen

Excellent listen each week.
Essential for all Latics fans.


As a Latics fan, this is essential listening. It's great that it's by fans and for fans.

Excellent football podcast

A great listen for Latics fans, it's like being in the pub with your mates, but a little more structured. Honest analysis and comments on the previous weeks game(s) and a preview of those upcoming by genuine, time served Latics fans. A great listen, good fun and makes at least one commute enjoyable, keep it up chaps !!

Excellent podcast

Balanced, informative and a good laugh. Keep up the good work lads!

Great podcast for Latics fans

Essential listening for any latics fan. Full of great insights, in-depth analysis and friendly banter. Keep up the good work lads!


A solid podcast for Wigan fans

I'm not a fan of the Latics (I'm AFCB), but from what I've heard this is a decent pod for followers of the club. Keep it up lads.

Why not see what the fuss is about and grab a listen to this weeks with a preview of today's game against Forest

Meet The Ref - Latics v Forest

Manchester referee Matt Donohue takes charge of the Latics’ home Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

The former Denton PE Teacher was only appointed to the Select Group 2 of Referees this summer, and this will be his second Latics game, he was in charge of our trip to the smoke back in August when we lost to 3-1 to QPR down at Loftus Road.

Donners, as he is known to his mates, went full time after just one season at Football League level, he hasn’t officiated a Forest game yet, as previously mentioned he has just the one Latics match under his belt, that sunny afternoon in Shepherds Bush where he managed to issue four yellow cards to our lads, Kipre, Dunkley, Robinson and Garner.

Matt Donohue Card Watch 2019/20

Games 10
Yellows 38
Reds 0

Monday, 30 September 2019

Meet The Ref - Latics v Birmingham City

Tim Robinson

The Latics are back at the DW tomorrow (Tuesday) night for a Championship against Birmingham City.

West Sussex referee Tim Robinson will be in charge of the game, this will be only the 4th time the former PE teachers has reffed the Latics and it will be his second visit to the DW Stadium.

36 year old Tim was appointed to the EFL referees list for the start of the 2012/13 season, taking charge of his first game between Southend United and Accrington Stanley. He was the 4th Official at Wembley for the League 2 Play-Off Final between AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle in May 2016 and – as part of the PGMO development programme – Tim represented the PGMOL at the Dallas Cup 2012 and at the Nike Cup in China in 2012.

He is now part of the Select Group 2 full time refs and spends the majority of his time in the Championship.

Robinson’s three previous Latics were, a defeat, 1-0 at the Madjeski against Reading in April 2017, a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth in 2018 and our 3-2 home victory on the opening day of last campaign against Sheffield Wednesday. A Latics connection: 2016/17 season, whilst refereeing the Charlton v Fleetwood game on the 4th February at the Valley he issued a straight red card to Nathan Byrne who was of course on loan down at the Addicks from us.  

Tim Robinson Card Watch 2019/20

Games 7, yellows 27, reds 1

Wigan Athletic v Birmingham City 

Assistants – Jon Hunt and Mark Dwyer
Fourth Official – Scott Oldham

Grab a listen to this weeks podcast featuring a Birmingham preview