Latics face Brighton at the DW Stadium on Saturday as they look to win a first home game since August, the man in the middle ensuring fair play will be Hertfordshire referee Keith Hill.
Keith Hill took charge of his first Latics game for 13 years last season, back in January 2014 we visited the Keepmoat Stadium and were soundly trounced by Doncaster 3-0 with Hill in charge, he was also in charge of our home defeat by Millwall last April, not a good omen then.
The 46 year old official has been around the Football League for 15 years, the former sales exec as been travelling around the world of late training ref’s from far flung countries, he has been to Japan, Afghanistan, Dubai, South Africa, Ecuador, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia spreading the gospel according to the English FA.
Whilst in Afghanistan Hill was former Premier League referee Peter Jones’ assistant in a game in Kabul, Hill said on the experience – ‘On so many levels, it was just so great to be involved out there.
‘We were warned of the dangers and, apparently, we were shot at as we took off in the plane to come home. To be fair, I didn’t think that Peter had had that bad a game.’
Hills ambition though is to officiate at Wembley, after all these years doing the circuits and not getting the big gig you may think that he would have given up on that dream, but he says – ‘You have to have an ambition and that’s mine. I’ve still got a lot I want to achieve. It’s every player’s dream to play at Wembley and it’s no different for a referee. You only get an appointment there if you’ve earned it. And I aim to earn it.’
Keith Hill Card Watch 2014/15
Games – 32
Yellows – 114
Reds – 4
Wigan Athletic v Brighton and Hove Albion
Referee – KEITH HILL
Assistants – Matthew Donohue and Paul Kettlewell
Fourth Official – Oliver Langford
Keith Hill in town this Saturday
Check out the latest PWU Podcast
This week we have a look back at Fulham and Millwall, another case of points dropped, the story of our season.
A night of controversy at The Den with three sending offs, referee Steve Martin as comical as his Hollywood funny man namesake.
Would Marc-Antoine Fortune score another goal for us if he played for another three seasons? I doubt it.
Brighton at the DW on Saturday, give the kids a run Gary, let’s see what we have in the squad for next season.
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