Sunday, 12 August 2018

Meet The Ref - Rotherham v Latics - Carabao Cup 1st Round

Latics travel over the Pennines on Tuesday to the New York Stadium where we will face Rotherham United in the Carabao Cup 1st round.

In charge of this game and traveling over the big hill with us is 36 year old, scouser Peter Bankes.

The Liverpool based official began refereeing in 1996, aged 14 whilst he was a pupil at Bootle High School, he was subsequently appointed to the Football League Referees List in 2014, prior to which he spent two years as a Select Group Assistant Referee.

During his time as an assistant ref (lino) our paths crossed in the most auspicious of circumstances, Bankes ran the line of our FA Cup Semi Final against Millwall in April 2013.

As a whistle blower he refereed the National League Promotion Final at Wembley in 2014. In his 2 seasons on the referees list he has refereed two Play-Off Final Semi Finals and was the Fourth Official on the FA Vase Final at Wembley in May 2016.

Bankesy is a former Accounts Manager.

At the tender age of 34 and with just two years experience of being the man in the middle Bankes was promoted to the Select Group 2 professional referees body, he must be regarded in high places, but so was Stuart Atwell, hopefully he will give a restrained performance on Tuesday, we don’t want the Millers using the referee as an excuse when we beat them.

In the interests of fairness I will leave a final word on Peter Bankes from ex Premier League referee and Middlesbrough fan Jeff Winter, following a Boro v Fulham game recently – ”For me, one of the league’s most promising young referees, Peter Bankes did nothing to harm his emerging reputation. 

"His second visit to the Riverside showed him in total control throughout and his positioning meant he was always close to the action.” 

Peter Bankes Card Watch 2017/18

Games – 42
Yellows – 156
Reds – 8

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

This Weeks PWU Latics Podcast Is Now Available

The second podcast of the new season is now out, we are absolutely buzzing following what was a great game at the weekend, a five goal thriller, if the season carries on in this vein I for one will be delighted.

Why not grab a listen, gives us some feedback and if you want, add comments at the bottom of this article .

Great way to start the new season.

We recap a fantastic game of football against Sheffield Wednesday, five goals, loads of goal mouth action and a red card to boot.

The transfer window is getting ready to shut, we have the latest rumours.

Listeners Q&A.

Villa preview with Villa fan Jules Keane, 'ref watch' and tics predicts.

Rotherham in the Caraboa cup on Tuesday, a quick preview and a discussion about the importance of this particular competition.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Meet The Ref - Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

Jeremy Simpson (Carnforth)

We’re off down the M6 on Saturday to Villa Park, the Latics will be looking to build on their great opening day win over Sheffield Wednesday, ensuring that both teams stick to the rules will be Carnforth official Jeremy Simpson.

Simpson has a bit of history with our opponents Aston Villa, he felt the wrath of Villa boss Steve Bruce on two occasions, both at Villa Park, a red card against Bolton last September and some ‘dodgy’ decisions in a fiery game against Cardiff in April when he booked 9 players in total, 5 of which were Villa players.

A former Premier League and FIFA International assistant referee, Simpson is part of the ‘Select Group 2’ of professional ref’s after rising rapidly through the refereeing ranks, he was at Conference level in 2012 and only found his feet in the Championship in the 2015/16 campaign when of the 35 games he took charge of over the season just 15 were at 2nd tier level.

Last weekend he was in charge of the Sheffield United v Swansea game which finished in a 1-2 away win for the Swans, in the match Simpson awarded just 12 free kicks, allowing the game to flow, he didn’t  hand out a single card, a bit of a rarity these days.

Simpson took charge of two Latics’ games last campaign, both in the Football League Trophy, 1-1 draw away at Blackpool, which we won on pens and our 0-4 home defeat to Accrington when we fielded the under15s!   

Jeremy Simpson Card Watch 2017/18

Games – 42
Yellows – 167
Reds – 10

Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Assistants - Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton
Fourth Official - Mark Heywood

 Jeremy Simpson 

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Friday, 3 August 2018

Opening Day Optimism

The big kick off has arrived at last, the squad’s been tweaked – slightly – the friendlies played and optimism abounds, well in this part of Wigan at least, and why not.
Entering the new campaign on the back of a Championship winning season, with a settled squad, the big players still in place and most importantly the manager still at the helm.

We showed last season that we can compete in the big games, the FA Cup run gives me the hope, nay the belief that we will be a much stronger outfit than the last time we were in the Championship, the spirit in the squad is fantastic and Paul Cook, whilst not suffering fools, has created an atmosphere around the training ground that players love being involved in.

So I am going into the season with optimism, not false hope that we are going to smash it, but optimism that we will be at least competitive, I am looking forward to season without trauma or drama or any final day disappointments, I feel we have the ability to finish mid-table, keeping our heads well above the choppy waters of a relegation battle, we’ll leave that to the University of Bolton and QPR.

I am looking forward to Will Grigg having a good season, hopefully he’ll steer clear of injury and get his form up and running early. Dan Burn will also be a big player for us and I can envisage Jamie Walker breaking into the starting XI, he does look a real talent.

I’m excited about the season ahead, can’t wait for the takeover to be finalised, let’s get this party started.

Prediction 14th