Liverpool v Wigan Athletic (18/10/2008) - Meet the Referee
Thursday, 16th October 2008
Alan Wiley of Staffordshire will referee our next Premiership match as Wigan Athletic make the short journey down the M58 to Anfield.

Alan opened up our season this year when he refereed our 1-0 win at Sunderland. The following week he was at Wigan as Chelsea ran out the winners by the same score.

This will be his sixth Premiership game this season, and four of the previous five games it's been the visitors that have claimed all the points including Hull City's outstanding victory at Arsenal last month.
The 48-year old is one of three policemen refereeing in the top flight and has been walking the beat in The Premiership for eight seasons.

He started refereeing back in 1981 through the West Midlands Regional League and became a Football League linesman ten years later. In 1994 he was promoted to run the line in The Premiership. He was then given the whistle in The Football League twelve months later. He has just started to gain European experience and was a fourth official to Graham Poll in a Champions League qualifier last season.

This will be his 33rd match overall involving Liverpool match as a referee and our record reads 19 wins, 8 losses and 5 draws.
In all of those previous matches he has only failed six times to show the yellow card to a Liverpool player or an opponent. He has also sent-off Steven Gerrard twice and Pepe Reina once, but he has yet to send off an opposition player.

He is one of three current referees who have refereed the FA Cup and League Cup Finals, he achieved this two seasons ago by becoming the first referee to do both finals in the same season. He had already refereed Manchester United 4-0 victory over Wigan in the Carling Cup before he got the call to replace Mike Dean as the FA Cup Final between West Ham United and ourselves. Wiley classes that game as the best one he has ever officiated in.

His assistants on Sunday are Dave Bryan and Glenn Turner who were his assistants at Sunderland, with Steve Bratt as the fourth official.

Some memorable matches involving Liverpool and Alan Wiley.

11th March 2001 - A trip to Birkenhead in the 6th round of the FA Cup saw us come away 4-2 winners at John Aldridge's Tranmere Rovers.

2nd March 2002 - Nicolas Anelka scores his only Liverpool goal away from Anfield as we triumph 2-0 at Craven Cottage. Jari Litmanen also scored his last Premiership goal for the reds in the game.

11th August 2002 - Arsenal win 1-0 in the newly named Community Shield in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Markus Babbel appeared for the first time after recovering from serious illness.

21st January 2003 - We overturn a 2-1 deficit against Sheffield United in the second leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final at Anfield. An extra-time goal from Michael Owen gave us a 2-0 win on the night.

11th May 2003 - Chelsea win 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the last game of the season to claim the final Champions League spot. Gerrard was sent-off in the final minutes.

9th April 2004 - Arsenal's Thierry Henry grabs a hat-trick as the Gunners win 4-2.

26th October 2004 - Trouble off the field as we defeat Millwall 3-0 in the Carling Cup.

28th November 2004 - Neil Mellor scores a last minute winner against Arsenal.

5th February 2006 - Chelsea win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Pepe Reina is sent off as Arjen Robben goes down like he's been hit by a sniper.

15th March 2006 - Robbie Fowler finally gets his first Liverpool goal since his return to Anfield in a 5-1 thrashing of Fulham.

13th May 2006 - One of the best FA Cup Finals ever see us defeat West Ham United on penalties after a pulsating 3-3 draw.

26th August 2006 - Dirk Kuyt makes his Liverpool debut and Daniel Agger scores his first Liverpool goal in a 2-1 home win against West Ham United.

27th November 2006 - Danny Guthrie and Nabil El Zhar make their Premiership debuts as second half substitutes in the 0-0 draw against Portsmouth.

1st September 2007 - Derby County are trounced 6-0 at Anfield with Babel, Benayoun and Voronin all making the Anfield debuts. Babel scores his first Premiership goal and Voronin nets his first at home.

24th November 2007 - Lucas makes his first Premiership start as goals from Gerrard, Kuyt and Babel give us a 3-0 win at Newcastle.

30th January 2008 - Harry Kewell plays in his last Premiership game for Liverpool but a last minute Noble penalty gives West Ham all the points.

13th April 2008 - Gerrard scores in his 300th Premiership appearance, Torres hits his 30th goal for the season and Riise plays at Anfield for last time in the Premiership in a 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.

16th August 2008 - Robbie Keane and Andrea Dossena make their Premiership debuts for Liverpool in a 1-0 win at Sunderland.

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