Date: 28th March 2017 at 1:00pm
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Latics are off to the North East this weekend, St James’ Park, where we will face Newcastle United in an important Championship clash affecting both ends of the table, the man charged with ensuring things don’t end up in the Tyne will be Nottingham referee David Coote.

This will be Coote’s fourth Latics’ game so far this campaign. He was at Hillsborough for our 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday back in September, booking Max Power, Luke Garbutt and Michael Jacobs, then the real trouble starts!

Coote took charge of our home game against Reading, which was Warren Joyce’s first as Latics boss, we took a spanking that day with a very poor performance, two goals down inside the first five minutes, it was a surprise that we only lost 3-0. There three players from the Latics ending up in the book, Max Power, David Perkins and Shaun MacDonald.

Next up was the abysmal Boxing Day clash at Rotherham, again we found ourselves three goals down, all in the first half, but we did make a show of it in the second period coming back to finish the game 3-2, still very disappointing, Michael Jacobs and Craig Davies finding themselves in the book this time.

The fourth game was our 3-2 away defeat at Fulham in February, Callum Connolly and Dan Burn finding their way into Coote’s little black book.

The 33 year old is of the new Select Group 2 full time officials for the Championship this season, of his thirty-three games so far this campaign 22 have come in the Championship, 2 in League One and 2 in League Two, the rest spread across the various cup comps.

Coote has been on the Football League Referee List for the past six seasons after serving his apprenticeship running the line as an assistant, he has three Wembley appearances under his belt, he ran the line in the FA Vase final at Wembley in 2009, in which Whitley Bay defeated Glossop North End 2-0. He was also fifth official for the FA Cup semi final between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, which Pompey won 2-0 after extra time, and as an assistant for the FA Trophy final between Barrow and Stevenage, which Barrow won 2-1 after extra time, both in 2010.

Highly thought of by the powers that be, Coote is ambitious and hopes to make the grade to become a Select Group 1 ref and officiate in the Premier League, he says on the matter – ”I’d like to think that I have started to consolidate my position in The Football League and, with age still on my side, I’d like to go on and consolidate further.

”That’s the short-term goal. But long term, I’d love to get on to the Select Group 1.”

Coote has ref’d the Latics a total of ten times, as already mentioned he’s had us on four occasions this campaign Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Rotherham. Last season he took charge of two Latics games, he had the League 1 encounter with Crewe at the DW Stadium back in August, which we won 1-0, also the first round FA cup tie away at Bury, we were shambolic that day and got trounced 4-0.

in the 2014/15 season he oversaw our 0-2 home defeat to Watford in March, in the 2013/14 campaign he had us three times, he was in charge of our 2-2 home draw with Boro back in August 2013, he turned down a stonewall penalty that day only to award us a soft one moments later (Fortune got his shirt tugged), our home defeat to Derby County in December 2013, which is better off forgotten, though it did see the end to Owen Coyle’s reign as Latics boss, he was also the man in the middle for our emphatic away win at Portman Road in March 2014 when we won 1-3.

We don’t appear to be doing that well when Mr Coote officiates us, hopefully we can turn that around on Saturday.

David Coote Card Watch 2016/17

Games – 33
Yellows – 114
Reds – 6

Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic
Referee –
Assistants – Mark Dwyer and James Wilson
Fourth Official – Robert Jones

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