Following on from Saturday’s superb home win against Colchester United, the Latics travel to London Road on Tuesday to take on Peterborough United in a League 1 clash, taking charge of only his third Wigan Athletic game will be West Midlands based official Oliver Langford.
Langford’s first was back in December 2014 when Norwich visited the DW Stadium, we lost that game 1-0, he was also in charge of our visit to the City Ground in February 2015 when we faced Nottingham Forest, we lost that game too, 3-0, but not a single card was issued to either side by Langford in any of the games, also he only awarded 16 free kicks in the whole of the Norwich game, just five of which were against the Latics and in the Forest game there were just 10 free kicks, the Latics conceding six, obviously not a whistle happy ref!
For some the name Oliver Langford ring a bell, and not just because he shares his surname with Bonny. He was the man in charge at Bloomfield Road when the infamous Paul Ince incident took place, the water bottle into the crowd, followed by Ince confronting the match officials, more so Langford’s 4th official that day Mark Pottage, in the tunnel after the final whistle, Ince was subsequently banned for five games, the first of which was against the Latics when the Blackpool supporters all wore Paul Ince masks, oh I remember it well!
Langford has been on the National List of referees since the 2008/09 season, as previously mentioned up until the last campaign he’d never refereed a Latics game, though he was fourth official when we met Bournemouth in an FA cup 3rd round replay down at Dean Court in January 2013 – erm wasn’t that the year we went on to win the damn thing…always nice to get an opportunity to mention our FA cup win.
Oliver Langford Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 12
Yellows – 25
Reds – 0
Peterborough United v Wigan Athletic
Referee – OLIVER LANGFORD
Assistants – Carl Fitch and Neil Davies
Fourth Official – David Avent
Oliver Langford will be at Peterborough on Tuesday
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
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