We may be officially relegated to League 1 but we still have the small matter of a final Championship game away at Griffin Park this Saturday against playoff chasing Brentford.
The two clubs fortunes this campaign have been very much poles apart, but ensuring that they both play by the rules on a level playing field this Saturday will be Northampton’s finest Andy Woolmer.
The 47 year old has been around the Football League for a long time and he spent 10 years between 1994 and 2004 running the line, the last three of which were in the Premier League, he then dropped down to the Football League to take up refereeing and has been officiating as a National List Referee for the past 10 seasons.
Woolmer has taken charge of just three Latics games previously, last season he was the man in the middle for our game at Birmingham, we won that game one-nil with a Callum McManaman goal, this campaign he has been at the DW twice, Ipswich in September, a 1-2 defeat and Cardiff in February, which was also a defeat, this time 0-1.
Being a National List ref, is only part-time for Andy Wollmer, his ‘proper’ job is a postman, a job he’s done for the last 18 years trudging around the streets of Northampton, speaking about the life of a mailman – ‘It’s not everyone’s cup of tea,’ Woolmer said. ‘I start ‘bagging up’ about 6ish, get out on the round at 9.30 and I’m usually finished by about 1.30. Then I’ve got plenty of time for training or time with the family, like picking up my youngest lad from school. It’s ideal.
‘OK, you can feel a bit tired sometimes, particularly if I’ve had a long trek and back for a match the previous evening, but I’ve been a ‘postie’ for 18 years now and I just can’t think of doing anything else. It works for me, it’s a great base from which to work.’
Hopefully he will have a first class performance on Tuesday, stamp his authority early on and deliver the rules fairly without handing out too many cards, sorry about that, but I collect postie jokes by the sackful!
Andy Woolmer Card Watch 2014/15
Games – 34
Yellows – 105
Reds – 1
Brentford v Wigan Athletic
Referee – Andy Woolmer
Assistants – Daniel Leach and Alan Young
Fourth Official – Iain Williamson
Andy Woolmer – Set To Deliver
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