Swindon are in town on Saturday for a League 1 clash with the Latics, the man charged with ensuring that the laws of the game are adhered is ex copper and now bird fancier Nigel Miller.
The 55 year old (yes 55!) retired from the police in 2008, he was a Sergeant with Durham Constabulary and left after 30 years of service, does he miss it? Well Miller says- ‘I don’t miss it, though. I’d done my time, it was time to go. I’d had enough.’, yeah ok Nige, chill I was just asking.
Miller only took up refereeing at 31 after hanging up his boots as a local league centre forward, he says – ‘I was starting to pick up a few little knocks’
‘It was taking me longer to recover, I think the body was telling me that it was time to stop.
‘I wanted to put back something into the game and I enjoyed refereeing. It was also the first time I’d got to know the laws properly. A lot of players and managers, then and now, just don’t know them.’
He progressed through Wearside and Unibond leagues and made his debut as a Football League ref in 2003 at the Huddersfield v Cambridge United League Division 3 game. Miller passed the age of retirement but has been given an extension to continue so long as he meets the fitness standards.
Miller was the centre of a bit of controversy in the 2013/14 season when refereeing the Bolton v Brighton game at the then named Reebok Stadium, Brighton player Ashley Barnes deliberately tripped Miller and was subsequently shown a red card. Don’t mess with this fella!
Mr Miller, as I’ll now refer to him, had two Latics games last season, our Boxing Day trip to Elland Road where we beat Leeds United 2-0, then our home draw with Bolton in March. He also ref’d us in the February of the 2013/14 season, our 2-0 home win over Barnsley when Ben Watson broke his leg…ouch!
Nigel Miller Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 11
Yellows – 37
Reds – 3
Wigan Athletic v Swindon Town
Referee – NIGEL MILLER
Assistants – Matthew McGrath and Declan Bourne
Fourth Official – Scott Oldham
It’s Miller Time!
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Swindon Preview, Bradford Review
This week we start with Adam and his straight off the terrace report on the Bradford game. We discuss the goals, cheating Bradford, contrasting style of play, the referee and some shocking facilities considering we were charged £25 for the privilege of going to Valley Parade.
We debate the FA cup draw, Bury away, not the most lucrative but hey we’ll take it, then there is FC United’s stand on the FA’s decision to move their game with Chesterfield to a Monday night for TV coverage.
Mick delivers his low down on Swindon and we take a look at their recent form, Simon give us the latest odds on the game, plus what the bookies are offering on the Latics to get promoted, down to 8/1 now to finish top of the pile.
Unfortunately, due to a technical error (I don’t know what I am doing!) the final 15 minutes including the predictions haven’t been recorded
The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com