West Ham United v Liverpool (19/09/2009) - Meet the Referee
Thursday, 17th September 2009
Andre Marriner from the West Midlands will referee our next Premiership game as we travel to London to play West Ham United.

He started refereeing at the age of 21 by accident. He went along to watch a local team play and the referee never turned up. He was asked to referee the game as he was not affiliated to either club. He then took a refereeing course and only eight years later was promoted to the Football League as an assistant referee.

He spent the next three seasons on the line before getting the jump to the middle. In his first season as referee he was awarded the Conference Play-off final between Doncaster Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge, and was then fourth official for the FA Youth Cup Final.

Now appointed to the International list, he has started to gain European experience by refereeing in this season's Europa League where he has already officiated in two games.

His very first game in the Premiership was at The Valley as Charlton rattled four passed a helpless Norwich City in November 2004.

Andre was last at West Ham over two years ago when a late Lee Bowyer goal cancelled out a Paul Scharner strike for Wigan Athletic. His last Liverpool game was our 3-1 win at Blackburn Rovers in December last year.

His assistants are Mike Mullarkey and Adam Watts with Peter Walton as the fourth official.

Some memorable matches involving Andre Marriner and Liverpool:
8th February 2007 - Charlton beat us 2-0 at The Valley.
8th December 2007 - Our unbeaten Premiership records ends at Reading 3-1. Jack Hobbs is given his first start in the Premiership and Gerrard scores his 50th Premiership goal.
12th January 2008 - Torres scores an equaliser to gain a point at Middlesbrough.
15th March 2008 - Mascherano scores his first Liverpool goal, and Torres hits his 20th Premiership goal in 2-1 win at home to Reading.

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